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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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Fact Sheets

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. 

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

A First (But Very Incomplete) Crack at Inventorying the California Consumer Privacy Act’s Problems

Santa Clara University professor Eric Goldman offers a list of some of the identified errors and major ambiguities in the recently passed California Consumer Privacy Act. This post also provides additional resources for learning more about the bill.

Eric Goldman

Upcoming Events

Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable

September 13, 2018, Washington, DC

Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018

October 18, 2018, Austin, TX

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November 14, 2018, Boulder, CO

Quote

Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked

"What the court’s going to do in a searching way, realizing free speech and anonymous speech is on the line, is ask: Is there a real lawsuit here?" — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
The New York Times
July 1, 2018

Featured Article

Six Provocations for Big Data

This article challenges the assumption that only large sets of data provide the best information to social scientists.

By: danah boyd, Kate Crawford