I am delighted to announce that the new 8th edition of my casebook, INFORMATION PRIVACY LAW, with Professor Paul Schwartz is out in print! This is a very special edition, as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the casebook.
More information about the book is at the Information Privacy Law casebook website. You can order a review copy of the book on Aspen’s site. Here’s the new table of contents. The ISBN is 9798886143355.
It has been a long journey since the first edition in 2003. I was fortunate to have Richard Mixter as my editor at Aspen. He believed in this project since the beginning. But it took quite a lot of work making the case for Aspen to publish the casebook, as there were only a handful of privacy courses at the time. Aspen ultimately decided to print the book as a special softcover.
Fortunately, the book sold well. Privacy courses started to take off. And in its second edition, the book was finally deemed worthy of having a hardcover edition like other subjects.
The book has grown quite a lot. In the first edition, many issues lacked cases and laws, so I had to use law review articles or hypotheticals. But soon, there were too many cases and laws. The casebook grew and grew. Originally, the book was 795 pages. The 7th edition clocked in at 1312 pages. For the 8th edition, we edited more tightly to trim the book to 1147 pages. It was a hard task because we had so much material to add.
For those interested in history or nostalgia, here is the table of contents and preface from the 1st edition.
New material in the 8th edition includes more FTC and CJEU cases, reproductive freedom post-Dobbs, and a lot of material on AI and algorithmic decision-making in the chapters on law enforcement (Chapter 4), consumer data (Chapter 9), and employment (Chapter 12). And we updated for new developments in EU law, cross-border-data transfers, standing, dark patterns, platform governance, scraping, state privacy laws, biometric privacy, and much more.
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Professor Daniel J. Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School. Through his company, TeachPrivacy, he has created the largest library of computer-based privacy and data security training, with more than 150 courses.
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