Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

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Why the Right to Data Portability Likely Reduces Consumer Welfare: Antitrust and Privacy Critique

This article analyzes the potential weaknesses of the European Union’s potential new right to data portability.

By: Peter Swire, Yianni Lagos

Fact Sheets

Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

TAP Blog

FTC Privacy Law and Policy

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's Chris Hoofnagle announces the release of his new book, “Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy.”

Chris Hoofnagle


Encryption May Hurt Surveillance, But Internet Of Things Could Open New Doors

"When you look at it over the long term, with the breadth of ways in which stuff that used to be ephemeral is now becoming digital and stored, the opportunities for surveillance are quite bright, possibly even worryingly so." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
NPR’s All Tech Considered
February 2, 2016