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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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Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain discusses how internet-connected devices — the “internet of things” — are vulnerable to cyberattacks; and he offers solutions to minimize these threats.
University of Chicago economics professor Omri Ben-Shahar questions if a streamlined or snazzy privacy policy presentation improves people’s understanding of how their personal data will be used by a website.
TAP scholars explore the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation on privacy and security controls globally and the potential influence on U.S. data protection regulation.
Berkeley privacy law scholar Chris Hoofnagle explains how using a “deterrence by denial” strategy has been having surprising results in policing cybercrime.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove explains why he believes the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is “the most profound privacy law of our generation.”
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove and Northeastern University law professor Woodrow Hartzog discuss the importance of incorporating privacy needs at the start of new technology development.
Carnegie Mellon computer science and engineering professor Lorrie Cranor is honored for 20 years of work developing privacy enhancing technologies and building a usable privacy research community.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who was a senior advisor at the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 when the agency settled with Facebook for failing to protect user privacy, discusses Facebook’s privacy promises then and now.
UC Berkeley law professor Chris Hoofnagle explains how and why platforms, such as Facebook, pay developers with your personal data.
University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan offers his thoughts on Facebook and the challenges of reining in the social media platform’s impact on public discourse.
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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.

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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

Lost in the Cloud

This op-ed raises concerns about storing personal files on the Internet.

By: Jonathan Zittrain