Daniel J Solove
Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is the founder of TeachPrivacy, and serves as President and CEO. Through TeachPrivacy, Professor Solove provides privacy training and data security training to hundreds of organizations in many industries. Clients include many large global Fortune 500 companies. He provides HIPAA training to hospitals health plans, and business associates. For colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools, he provides FERPA training and other forms of privacy and security training. He also provides training to government entities.
One of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Solove is the author of numerous books, including:
- Breached! Why We Fail at Data Security and How to Fix It (Oxford 2022) (with Woodrow Hartzog)
- Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale 2011)
- Understanding Privacy (Harvard 2008)
- The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007) (winner of the 2007 McGannon Award)
- The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU 2004).
Professor Solove is also the author of several textbooks, co-authored by Paul Schwartz, all published by Wolters Kluwer:
- Information Privacy Law
- Privacy and the Media
- Consumer Privacy and Data Protection
- EU Data Protection and the GDPR
- Privacy, Law Enforcement, and National Security
Additionally, he is the author of the short treatise, Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP 2022), now in its sixth edition. He has also authored a children’s book about privacy, The Eyemonger (Griffin Press 2020).
He was chosen by the American Law Institute (ALI) to serve as co-reporter on the ALI’s Principles of the Law, Data Privacy.
Professor Solove also organizes several major conferences per year. The largest event is the Privacy + Security Forum, an annual event that seeks to break down the silos between privacy and security. In 2015, the event had about 500 participants and about 200 speakers, including CPOs and CISOs, policymakers from the FTC, FCC, HHS, DOJ, White House, and NIST, and law firm privacy and security practice chairs.
Solove has published more than 50 articles and essays, which have appeared in leading law reviews such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He has also written for Scientific American, the Washington Post, and several other popular periodicals.
His work has won numerous awards, including the McGannon Award, Microsoft’s Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award, and the Field Prize. The Wall Street Journal describes Solove as “one of the few [who] truly understands the intersection of law and technology.”
His work has been cited in more than 2000 articles and books, excerpted in many casebooks, and discussed in many judicial opinions, including those by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, district courts, and state supreme courts.
Professor Solove serves on the advisory boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Law and Humanities Institute. He is a fellow at the Ponemon Institute and at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.
Professor Solove has testified before Congress and before government committees, including the National Committee on Vital Health Statistics. He has contributed to several amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been involved in a number of high-profile privacy cases involving Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.
Professor Solove has been interviewed and featured in several hundred media broadcasts and articles, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR, and C-SPAN’s “Book TV.”
He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world. He has spoken at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Intel, and AOL, Professor Solove has given speeches and keynotes at many government agencies including DHS, FTC, FCC, NIST, HHS, the Library of Congress, and NSF. He has lectured at numerous universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Pennsylvania, Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, Oxford, and Toronto.
His books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Bulgarian, among other languages.
A graduate of Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also worked at the law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC.
Professor Solove teaches information privacy law, criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and literature.