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Notable Privacy Security Books 2008- TeachPrivacy

Here’s a list of notable privacy books published in 2008.

The Privacy Advocates

Colin J. Bennett, The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press 2008)

A very informative account of those who work in the privacy advocacy community.

Securing Privacy in the Internet Age

Anupam Chander, Lauren Gelman, and Margaret Jane Radin (editors), Securing Privacy in the Internet Age (Stanford University Press 2008)

A great collection of essays, from a symposium at Stanford Law School. A bit dated — the symposium was held in 2003 — but still worth reading. I have a piece in the book discussing data security vulnerabilities and the law — originally penned back in 2003, so I can say “told ya so!”

The Fourth Amendment

William Cuddihy, The Fourth Amendment: Origins and Original Meaning 602-1791 (Oxford University Press 2008)

The best and most comprehensive intellectual history of the Fourth Amendment ever written.

Little Brother

Cory Doctorow, Little Brother (Tor Teen 2008)

A contemporary version of Orwell’s 1984 — thought-provoking and engaging fiction, as usual from Doctorow.

The Cost of Counterterrorism

Laura Donohue, The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty (Cambridge University Press 2008)

A detailed and compelling history of how 9/11 altered privacy and surveillance in the US and UK.


Sam Gosling, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Basic Books 2008)

A fascinating discussion of current psychological research about what the products we buy reveal about us.

The Right to Life

Mohammad Hashim Kamali, The Right to Life, Security, Privacy and Ownership in Islam (Islamic Texts Society 2008)

A very interesting exploration of privacy in Islamic law.

Privacy The Lost Right

Jon Mills, Privacy: The Lost Right (Oxford University Press 2008)

From my blurb on the book jacket: “Privacy: The Lost Right provides a clear, concise, and accessible synthesis of the field of information privacy.”

Locating Privacy in Tudor London

Lena Cowen Orlin, Locating Privacy in Tudor London (Oxford University Press 2008)

An historical account of privacy in everyday life during the sixteenth century in England.

Born Digital

John Palfrey, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation (Basic Books 2008)

A deft and accessible account of how the generation growing up today will face increasing challenges to their privacy.

Schneier on Security

Bruce Schneier, Schneier on Security (Wiley 2008)

This book is a collection of Bruce Schneier’s essays. Schneier is always interesting and wise — and he’s always worth reading.

Privacy a Manifesto

Wolfgang Sofsky, Privacy: A Manifesto (Princeton University Press 2008)

A. C. Grayling of The Times writes: “Its message, implied throughout, is that as one of the great values of civilisation and one of the essentials of personal and psychological integrity, privacy is worth fighting to regain.”

Understanding Privacy

Daniel J. Solove, Understanding Privacy (Harvard University Press 2008)

D. S. Dunn, in Choice writes: “Legal scholars will want to read this book, but so will psychologists, communication specialists, public policy makers, philosophers, and anyone interested in where to draw the line between public and private life.”

Buying In

Rob Walker, Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (Random House 2008)

A compelling account of modern data mining and marketing practices.

The Future of the Internet

Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It (Yale University Press 2008)

A fascinating examination of Web 2.0 and how new technologies can impede freedom and progress.

Originally Posted at Concurring Opinions

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics. Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn. His blog has more than 1 million followers.

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