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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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Professor Paul Ohm, University of Colorado School of Law, responds to questions on the topic of personal privacy and online activities in a two-part New York Times article, “Answers to Questions About Internet Privacy.”
The recent Facebook changes to gather affinity data from other web sites is becoming a hot privacy topic. TAP academics have written extensively on online privacy issues. Below are key articles that relate specifically to social media and privacy.
There’s an important e-mail privacy dispute brewing in Colorado: DOJ and Yahoo are clashing in court on the ground that the Ninth Circuit covered in its very weird opinion in Theofel v. Farey-Jones (2004), on whether the federal privacy law known as the Stored Communications Act allows the government to compel opened e-mail from an ISP with less process than a probable cause warrant.
Young-adult Americans have an aspiration for increased privacy even while they participate in an online reality that is optimized to increase their revelation of personal data.
Reducing identity theft is a matter of shifting creditor grantors' incentives.
Privacy is one of the issues that TAP scholars have explored in great depth. This post provides a sample of articles available on privacy and consumer protection.
An overview of the first panel of the Silicon Flatirons conference which examined the Internet's ecosystem.
Incentive conflicts prevent some companies from providing effective notices to consumers. Here is an example of an effective consumer notice.
A collection of articles exploring online privacy issues from the user and provider perspectives.
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Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

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Government Case Details Sneaky Facebook Behavior

This article reports on Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) efforts to regulate Facebook’s privacy weaknesses. William Kovacic, George Washington University law professor and former FTC Chairman, is quoted.
William E. Kovacic
AP News
July 24, 2019

Featured Article

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