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ALI Data Privacy Principles

I’m pleased to announce that the ALI Data Privacy Principles are now in print.  From the ALI press release:

Principles of the Law, Data Privacy is now available in print. This is ALI’s first venture into the field of information privacy law. This project identifies core principles useful for bringing greater coherence to this area. Like all Principles projects, it seeks to provide best practices for institutions other than the courts—in this case entities that collect personal information and the legislatures and administrative agencies, state and federal, that regulate them.

Reporters Paul M. Schwartz of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and Daniel J. Solove of George Washington University Law School completed this project at a time when guidance on data privacy is more necessary than ever.

Professor Paul Schwartz and I were the co-reporters on the project. With a great team of advisers plus the helpful comments of ALI members, we drafted this document, which is similar to a model code. We have a forthcoming essay coming out in 2021 in the UCLA Law Review about the project and its black letter principles: ALI Data Privacy: Overview and Black Letter Text.

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Notable Privacy and Security Books 2020

Here are some notable books on privacy and security from 2020. To see a more comprehensive list of nonfiction works about privacy and security for all years, Professor Paul Schwartz and I maintain a resource page on Nonfiction Privacy + Security Books.

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THE EYEMONGER – My New Children’s Book About Privacy

The Eyemonger - children's book about privacy

I’m happy to announce that I just published a new children’s book called The Eyemonger. I believe that this is the first work of children’s fiction about the topic of privacy.

Eyemonger Eye About the book:

In a faraway land, a stranger arrives with promises of greater security in exchange for sacrificing privacy. His name is The Eyemonger, and he has 103 eyes. With the help of flying eye creatures, he spies on everybody. But his plan soon starts to go wrong. His constant watching makes people feel uncomfortable and stifles their creativity. When people complain, The Eyemonger asks: “Do you have something to hide?” The Eyemonger eventually encounters an artist who resists his surveillance and teaches him an important lesson about the value of privacy.

The topic of privacy is rarely covered in children’s books. Written by the international privacy expert Daniel J. Solove, the Eyemonger discusses privacy in a way that children can understand. Ryan Beckwith’s rich and detailed illustrations create a fascinating gothic world of curiosity and wonder.

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Solove debuts in children’s literature with an age-appropriate, delightfully illustrated story concerned with issues of privacy. . . . Solove’s underlying theme and catchy rhymes sit perfectly on the cusp of children’s and middle-grade reading levels, and Beckwith’s eye-catching and brilliantly detailed illustrations will inspire young imaginations to soar. Solove’s background in privacy law is on clear display through the clever manipulation of the Eyemonger—who preaches “If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear”—until he at last understands that inspiration and creativity come to a standstill under his vigilance. . . . Beckwith’s evocative illustrations create a gaslit, vaguely steampunk mood that will remind readers of classic adventure tales even as the story takes on complex themes of consent and creativity. Despite the divergence from more traditional storybook lessons, the concept of government overreach presented in this uniquely cautionary fantasy will educate children and their caregivers as well.

Here are some pages from The Eyemonger:

The Eyemonger - Daniel J. Solove

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Video: Privacy in the Next Four Years with Cam Kerry, Alexandra Reeve Givens, Justin Antonipillai, and Daniel Solove

I had a great conversation about the future direction of privacy in the next four years with Cam Kerry (Brookings), Alexandra Reeve Givens (CDT), and Justin Antonipillai (Wirewheel).  This video is part of Wirewheel’s Spokes Conference. Check out the video here:

Join Wirewheel’s Spokes Conference (Dec. 1-2, 2020) for other great sessions!

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Updated Line of Paperback Privacy Law Casebooks

Information Privacy Law Casebook - paperbacks

I’m happy to announce that Paul Schwartz and I have just published updated versions of our line of paperback privacy law casebooks. These paperbacks are excerpted parts of our Information Privacy Law casebook, which we recently published in a new 7th edition.  This new edition of the casebook has been revised to include the California Consumer Privacy Act, the GDPR, Carpenter, state biometric data laws, and many other new developments.

The paperback spinoff casebooks include:

Over at our Information Privacy Law casebooks website, you can see the table of contents for each book and find out information about obtaining review copies.

Also of possible interest is our short guidebook, PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS, published by IAPP.

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New Casebook – EU Data Protection and the GDPR

EU Data Protection and the GDPR Casebook

I’m pleased to announce that Paul Schwartz and I have launched a new casebook, EU Data Protection and the GDPR.

Developed from the casebook Information Privacy Law, this paperback contains key cases and materials focusing on privacy issues related to the GDPR and data protection in the European Union. Topics covered include the GDPR, Schrems cases, the right to be forgotten, and international data transfers. The book also contains key excerpts from the GDPR.

This book is designed for use in courses and seminars on comparative and international law, EU law, privacy law, information law, and consumer protection law.

Topics covered include:

  • GDPR
  • Schrems I and Schrems II cases
  • The right to be forgotten
  • International data transfers, including an account of the rise and fall of the Privacy Shield
  • European Court of Human Rights cases
  • European Court of Justice cases
  • Comparative analysis of EU and US privacy law

More details about the book are at our casebook website.

Click here for the new table of contents.

You can order a review copy at the Wolters Kluwer site.

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New 7th Edition of Information Privacy Law Casebook

Information Privacy Law Casebook - 7th edition

I’m pleased to announce that the new 7th edition of my Information Privacy Law casebook is in print.

The Seventh Edition of Information Privacy Law has been revised to include the California Consumer Privacy Act, the GDPR, Carpenter, state biometric data laws, and many other new developments.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Carpenter v. United States
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • State biometric data laws
  • New FTC enforcement actions, including Facebook
  • Schrems II
  • New materials on privacy and feminism, civil rights, poverty, and social class
  • New material on the TCPA, COPPA, and the First Amendment

More details about the book are at our casebook website.

Click here for the new table of contents.

You can order a review copy at the Wolters Kluwer site.

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New GDPR Course

GDPR Training Course - Extensive Version

I am excited to announce a new GDPR training course — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)extensive version (20 mins).  My existing course is a shorter 7 min introduction; this new 20-min course provides a more detailed overview of the GDPR.

If you’re interested in evaluating the new 20-min GDPR course (or the existing 7-min GDPR course), please fill out the form on our GDPR training page.

The course is also available in the new TeachPrivacy store.

Below is an outline of the new 20-min GDPR course.

GDPR Training Course - Extensive Version

Use the form on our GDPR training page if you want to evaluate the course for your organization or go to the TeachPrivacy store if  you want to take the course for yourself.

Video: AI and Privacy Implications with Igor Jablokov, Justin Antonipillai, and Daniel Solove

I had an excellent conversation about the privacy implications of AI and machine learning with Igor Jablokov, CEO, Pryon, and one of the masterminds behind Amazon’s Alexa and Justin Antonipillai, CEO and Founder, WireWheel.  Check out the video of our conversation here:

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