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When Is a Person Harmed by a Privacy Violation? Thoughts on Spokeo v. Robins

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When is a person harmed by a privacy violation?

The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a decision in an important case, Spokeo Inc. v. Robins.  

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Plaintiff Thomas Robins sued Spokeo under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) because Spokeo had inaccurate information about him in its profile.  Spokeo’s profiles are used by potential employers and others to search for data about people.  FCRA requires that information in profiles for these purposes be accurate, and it allows people to sue if information is not.

 

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6 Reasons to Visit the TeachPrivacy Booth at the IAPP Summit 2016

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Please stop by the TeachPrivacy booth at the expo at the IAPP Summit.

 

1. Play our new game. 

See if you can spot all the privacy and data security risks in this scene.  Pick up a copy of the scene, see our poster, and try out our interactive module.

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The Solution to All Privacy and Data Security Problems Worldwide

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After years of careful study and extensive analysis, I have arrived at a solution to all the privacy and data security problems worldwide. Although I’ve been advised that I shouldn’t give away such a perfect solution to such a vexing problem for free, my drive to altruism is simply too strong.

Without further ado . . .

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Don’t collect personal data.

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April Fool’s!

There is another solution — not quite a miracle cure all, but definitely very helpful — privacy and cybersecurity training!  And that’s no joke.

With Professor Woodrow Hartzog, I have also solved the challenge of legal compliance more generally: The Ultimate Unifying Approach to Complying with All Laws and Regulations, 19 Green Bag 2d 223 (2016).

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The Triumph of the Privacy Profession: An Interview with Bamberger and Mulligan

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The past 20 years have seen the remarkable emergence of the privacy profession. Starting from nothing, this profession originally included a handful of people called Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs). Nobody grew up saying they wanted to be a CPO. Nobody knew what CPOs did.

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Without Scalia, Will There Be a 4th Amendment Revolution?

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The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia has brought a wave of speculation about current and future U.S. Supreme Court cases.  One area where there might be a significant impact will be the 4th Amendment, which provides the primary constitutional protection against government surveillance and information gathering.  A new justice could usher in a dramatic expansion in 4th Amendment protections against government surveillance.

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