Privacy Resources


Privacy Resources General

What Is Privacy? – In this blog post, 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 post, 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 Awareness Training

Privacy Training and Data Security Training Requirements Guide – 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.

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

International Privacy

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

GDPR Training Guide – Professor Solove’s information and advice about 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! This whiteboard covers FERPA Score and Applicability, Education Records under FERPA, Other Types of Records, Confidentiality, Written Consent, Permissible Disclosures without Consent, FERPA Enforcement, and Ownership of FERPA Rights.

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. Nor does it cover 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) – This video provides important advice to school officials about what they need to do to protect privacy. As Professor Solove explains, education privacy involves much more than FERPA.

Privacy and Cloud Services at Schools (Video) – This video provides important advice to parents about privacy and cloud services at schools.

Privacy Curriculum for K-12 Schools – It is essential that children learn about data privacy and security. Their lives will be fully enveloped by technologies that involve data. But far too little about these topics is currently taught in most schools. Fortunately, there is a solution, one that Professor Daniel Solove is proud to have been involved in creating. 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 – In this blog post, Professor Solove discusses 8 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 – In this blog post, Professor Daniel Solove shares that he is a lover of literature (he taught a class in law and literature), and he also loves privacy and security, so he thought he’d list some of his favorite novels about privacy and security.

Privacy Non-Fiction

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2019 – Professor Daniel Solove features 21 privacy and security books from 2019. These include works by Shoshana Zuboff, Julie E. Cohen, Carrie Goldberg, Mary Anne Franks, Margaret Atwood, Jeff Kosseff, Theodore Franklin Claypoole, Jill Elaine Hasday, Kate Fazzini, Deborah Lupton, Nora A. Draper, Brad Smith, Carol Ann Browne, Edward Snowden, Henry Farrell, Abraham L. Newman, Mary D. Fan, Andrea Monti, Raymond Wacks, Richard E. Miller, Linnette Attai, Ric Simmons, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, and Lawrence Cappello.

A Decade of Notable Privacy and Security Books – Professor Solove announces the creation of an archive of all of his notable privacy+security books posts – for the years 2008-2018. Together, there are probably about 100 books featured. He says that the past decade has seen a tremendous abundance of scholarship on privacy and security topics, and there are some truly essential books discussed in these posts.

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2018 – Professor Daniel Solove features 17 privacy and security books from 2018. These include works by Sarah E. Igo, Evan Selinger, Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, Brett Frischmann, Evan Selinger, Ari Ezra Waldman, Woodrow Hartzog, Jason Cronk, Cyrus Farivar, Primavera De Filippi, Aaron Wright, Jennifer Rothman, Bruce Schneier, Virginia Eubanks, Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb, Meredith Broussard, Edward Tenner, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Joseph Turow, and Samantha Barbas.

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2017 – Professor Daniel Solove features 11 privacy and security books from 2017. These include works by David Gray, Josh Lauer, Andrew Gunthrie Ferguson, Fred H. Cate, James X. Dempsey, Khiara M. Bridges, Joseph Turow, Deborah Cohen, Susan Landau, John Cheney-Lippold, Jane Frankland, and Jeffrey L. Vagle.

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2016 – Professor Daniel Solove features 7 privacy and security books from 2016. These include works by Chris Hoofnagle, Gary T. Marx, Susan C. Lawrence, Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Laura K. Donohue, Gordon Corera, and J. Macgregor Wise.

Notable Privacy and Security Books from 2015 – Professor Daniel Solove features 21 privacy and security books from 2015. These include works by Kenneth A. Bamberger, Deirdre K. Mulligan, Neil Richards, Bruce Schneier, Daniel J. Solove, Paul M. Schwartz, Jon Ronson, Jon L. Mills, Alan Westin, Bernard E. Harcourt, James B. Jacobs, Amy Adele Hasinoff, Richard Stiennon, Jamie Bartlett, Courtney Bowman, Ari Gesher, John K. Grant, Daniel Slate, Elissa Lerner, Robert Scheer, Michael Schudson, Samantha Barbas, Ronald Goldfarb, Beate Roessler, Dorota Mokrosinska, Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz, Jeramie Scott, Adam D. Mooore, Edward McNicholas, and Vivek K. Mohan.

Notable Privacy and Security Books in 2014 – Professor Daniel Solove features 10 privacy and security books from 2014. These include works by Danielle Citron, J.C. Cannon, Frank Pasquale, Neil Richards, Rebecca Harold, Kevin Beaver, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Jonathan Fox, Thomas R. Finneran, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Gajda, Danah Boyd, and, Julie Angwin.

Privacy Humor

Green Eggs and Ham: How Not to Market and Invade Privacy – Professor Daniel Solove’s humorous look Green Eggs and Ham. In this analysis, he shows how what appears on the surface as a cute story about a guy who is convinced to try a new breakfast cuisine (most likely artificially-colored and highly-processed) 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 – In this humorous blog post, Professor Solove shares the here is important lesson to be learned from Star Wars: If you are trying to establish and maintain a ruthless Empire, you can greatly benefit from better data aggregation and analysis. He also examines examples of how the Empire could have benefited from a better knowledge of data security.

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

More Fun with the Airline Screening Playset: Body Imaging X-Ray Edition! – In this follow-up blog post, Daniel Solove shares how he had been following the controversy over the TSA’s body imaging X-ray machines, and how it made him reminisce about an old post he wrote about the Playmobil airline screening playset.
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About Professor Solove and TeachPrivacy

Daniel Solove Data Security Training Professor Daniel J. Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School and the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He has taught privacy law every year since 2000, has published 10 books and more than 50 articles, including the leading textbook on information privacy law and a short guidebook on the subject. His LinkedIn blog has more than 1 million followers. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.

TeachPrivacy provides HIPAA training, privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, FERPA training, PCI training, as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.  TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Solove, who is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.

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