Privacy Resources


Privacy ResourcesGeneral

What Is Privacy? – Professor Daniel Solove examines the question “What is privacy?” He believes that this is a central question to answer, because a conception of privacy underpins every attempt to address it and protect it.

10 Reasons Why Privacy Matters – In this blog article, Professor Solove addresses the question of “Why does privacy matter?” He says that often courts and commentators struggle to articulate why privacy is valuable. They see privacy violations as often slight annoyances. But privacy matters a lot more than that. He then proposes 10 reasons why privacy matters.

What Should Privacy Awareness Training Include? – Privacy awareness training educates an organization’s workforce about the way that the organization protects privacy and the workforce’s role in this endeavor. In this post, Professor Solove explains the key components that privacy awareness training should include.

       Privacy Training Matters – A short presentation that defines why great training is vital to successful privacy programs.

Privacy Training

Guide: Privacy and Data Security Training Requirements – Many laws, regulations, and industry codes require privacy awareness training and/or data security awareness training. These include 1) International Laws – including GDPR and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA); 2) US Federal Laws, Regulations, and Treaties – including HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), FACTA – FTC Red Flags Rule, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Federal Acquisitions Regulation, and EU-US Privacy Shield Framework; 3) US State Laws and Regulations – including New York Cybersecurity Regulation, Texas Health Privacy Law, and Massachusetts Data Security Law; 4) Standards and Industry Codes – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), ISO/IEC 27002, and NIST Special Publication 800-53 (Revision 4). This Guide, written by Professor Daniel Solove, will walk you through a brief description of each requirement with excerpts of the relevant provisions.

International Privacy

GDPR Whiteboard – The GDPR summarized in whiteboard form – 200+ pages of the GDPR to just one page!

GDPR Training Guide – Covering global privacy awareness training in light of the GDPR, this guide covers Key Elements to GDPR Training, Length of GDPR Training, Frequency of GDPR Training, Consequences for Inadequate Privacy Awareness Training, and Training for GDPR vs. BCRs and the Privacy Shield.

A Short Guide to Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for EU Privacy – This short guide will clear up points of confusion and provide a useful roadmap for how to obtain BCRs. This 13-page guide offers 8 steps for organizations to take including: Get Your House in Order, Make Key Logistical Decisions, Figure Out Where to File and Selecting a Lead DPA, Drafting the BCRs, Submitting the Draft Application, The Review Process, Submitting the Final Application, and Approval and Requests for Authorization of Transfer.

Education Privacy

FERPA Whiteboard – Professor Daniel Solove distills all of FERPA to just one page in whiteboard form!

An Overview of Education Privacy – Privacy is essential in education, and all educational institutions have duties to their communities to protect privacy robustly. What does protecting privacy entail? Why does it matter? What privacy issues should be addressed? In this writing, Professor Daniel Solove provide answers to these questions and more.

What is an “Education Record” Under FERPA?  A Flowchart – The scope of coverage of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, is a challenging issue. It does not cover all information about students or all information about people that a school maintains. Professor Solove has designed a flow chart to help make it easier to walk through the process of determining what is an “education record.”

Five Things School Officials Must Know About Privacy (Video) – Education privacy involves much more than FERPA. This video provides important advice to school officials about what they need to do to protect privacy.

Privacy Curriculum for K-12 Schools – It is essential that children learn about data privacy and security. Together with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), a nonprofit group, Professor Solove developed the free Privacy K-12 Curriculum Matrix. It can be used by any school, educator, or parent, and contains an overview of the privacy issues that should be taught, including which details about each issue should be covered in various grade levels. It includes suggestions for appropriate learning activities for each grade level.

Privacy Careers and Privacy Professionals

A List of Privacy Law Fellowships – One way to enter the privacy profession is to do a fellowship, and fortunately, an increasing number of fellowship opportunities are emerging. This page contains a list of fellowships related to privacy that Professor Solove is aware of.

How to Enter the Privacy Profession – In this extensive blog post, Professor Daniel Solove shares the results of having asked several privacy professionals for their insights and advice about entering the profession. He provides some excerpts from some of the most helpful comments, and includes his own thoughts and advice too.

Teaching Information Privacy Law – Learn the 8 top reasons to teach information privacy courses.

Privacy Media and Fiction

6 Great TV Series About Privacy and Security – In this post, Daniel Solove examines television shows that focus on privacy and security issues.

6 Great Films About Privacy and Security – Professor Solove shares 6 of his favorite films about privacy and security topics.

5 Great Novels About Privacy and Security – Looking for a great read about privacy and security? Professor Solove shares his love of literature (he taught a class in law and literature) and his favorite novels about privacy and security.

Privacy Non-Fiction

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2022 – Peruse Professor Daniel Solove’s featured privacy and security books from 2022. These include works by Danielle Keats Citron, Woodrow Hartzog, Maurice E. Stucke, Jodi Daniels, Jacqueline Lipton, Karen Levy and more.

       Click here for more notable privacy and security books. 

Privacy Humor

Green Eggs and Ham: How Not to Market and Invade Privacy – A humorous look Green Eggs and Ham. What appears on the surface as a cute story about a guy who is convinced to try a new breakfast cuisine is actually a much more sinister tale. Green Eggs and Ham is a vivid demonstration of incessant privacy violations by a fanatical marketer.

If the Empire in Star Wars Had Big Data – Learn a humorous, important lesson from Star Wars. If you are trying to establish and maintain a ruthless Empire, you can greatly benefit from better data aggregation and analysis.

The Airline Screening Playset: Hours of Fun! – Professor Daniel Solove shares his thoughts after receiving the Playmobil airline screening playset.
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About Professor Solove and TeachPrivacy

A law professor at George Washington University, TeachPrivacy founder Daniel J. Solove is a leading international expert and author in privacy law. Join the 1 million+ following his privacy insights on LinkedIn. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.

Since its founding in 2010, TeachPrivacy has provided training for hundreds of organizations, boutique to Fortune 500, both nationwide and globally. Explore TeachPrivacy’s privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, FERPA training, PCI training, HIPAA training as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.

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