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Full Text of My Book, NOTHING TO HIDE: THE FALSE TRADEOFF BETWEEN PRIVACY AND SECURITY

I’m delighted to announce that I have posted the full text of my book, NOTHING TO HIDE: THE FALSE TRADEOFF BETWEEN PRIVACY AND SECURITY (Yale University Press 2011) on SSRN for free. With the press’s permission, I’m posting the entire book on SSRN, free for personal use. Students assigned the book for a class may […]

Why Privacy Matters: An Interview with Neil Richards

Professor Neil Richards has published a new book, Why Privacy Matters (Oxford University Press 2021), and it’s the perfect holiday gift for anyone interested in privacy. Neil Richards is one of the world’s leading privacy experts. He holds the Koch Distinguished Chair in Law at Washington University in St. Louis where he also directs the Cordell […]

Cartoon: The Privacy Paradox

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This cartoon is about the “privacy paradox” — the phenomenon where people say that they value privacy highly, yet in their behavior relinquish their personal data for very little in exchange or fail to use measures to protect their privacy. I recently wrote an article about the privacy paradox: The Myth of the Privacy Paradox, […]

The Nothing-to-Hide Argument – My Essay’s 10th Anniversary

Privacy Surveillance Nothing to Hide Argument

In response to government surveillance or massive data gathering, many people say that there’s nothing to worry about.  “I’ve got nothing to hide,” they declare.  “The only people who should worry are those who are doing something immoral or illegal.” The nothing-to-hide argument is ubiquitous.  This is why I wrote an essay about it 10 […]

The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age

    I am now offering the full text of my book The Digital Person:  Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU Press 2004) online for FREE download.

“Privacy”: A Unique Play Starring Your Smart Phone

Privacy Awareness

I was fortunate to see James Graham’s incisive play “Privacy” this past Sunday at the Public Theater in New York City.  The play is a witty and immensely engaging examination of all the data being collected about us and being assembled into digital dossiers.  Technology is adeptly woven into the play.  At many points during […]