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An Overview of Privacy Law in 2022

Free download of Chapter 1 of PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS (6th ed. 2022) An Overview of Privacy Law The chapter covers the types of privacy law, provides a list of US federal privacy laws, and includes an historical timeline of major developments in privacy law.

New 2022 Edition of PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS

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I am pleased to announce that Professor Paul Schwartz and I have just published a new 6th edition of our book, PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS.  Now in a new 6th edition for 2022, PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS is a distilled guide to the essential elements of U.S. data privacy law. In an easily-digestible format, the book covers […]

Webinar – Privacy Legislation: How to Create Effective Privacy Laws

In this webinar, I moderate a discussion about recent privacy laws, what works, what fails, the virtues/vices of a private right of action, and other ideas for creating good laws. Speakers include: Lauren Scholz (Florida State Law) Ari Waldman (Northeastern Law) Margot Kaminski (Colorado Law) You can see the archived webinar by clicking the button […]

BREACHED! WHY DATA SECURITY LAW FAILS AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT (Oxford University Press 2022)

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I’m delighted to announce that my new book, Breached!, with Professor Woodrow Hartzog is now out in print: BREACHED! WHY DATA SECURITY LAW FAILS AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT (Oxford University Press, March 1, 2022) Website for Breached!  Breached! Amazon Page Excerpt from the book jacket description: Drawing insights from many fascinating stories about data breaches, Solove […]

A Critique of the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Personal Data Protection Act

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In 2021, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) finalized its Uniform Personal Data Protection Act (UPDPA), a model law intended to be a guide to states seeking to enact broad privacy laws. Unfortunately, the ULC’s law is beyond disappointing.  Quite frankly, the UPDPA is quite terrible. No state should adopt it in whole or in part. It […]

Panoptic Surveillance and Privacy’s Future: An Interview with Oscar Gandy

Back in 1993, Professor Oscar Gandy, Jr. wrote one of the most insightful and prescient books about privacy: The Panoptic Sort: A Political Economy of Personal Information. Oscar Gandy is an emeritus professor with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, having retired from active teaching in 2006. He has continued to publish in […]

Dark Patterns Reading List and Resources

Dark patterns are starting to receive increased regulatory attention, which is a welcome development in the evolution of privacy law. Here’s a dark patterns resource and reading list. What Are “Dark Patterns”? Harry Brignull coined the term “dark pattern” in 2010, defining it as “a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users […]