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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Upcoming Events

Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*)

Presented by the New York University School of Law

February 23, 2018, New York, NY

8th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers

Presented by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)

February 27, 2018, Washington, DC

Cyber Risks in an IoT World

A Silicon Flatirons Center event

March 15, 2018, Louisville, CO

7th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

Presented by Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

March 23, 2018, East Palo Alto, CA

International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2018

An International Association of Privacy Professionals event

March 27, 2018, Washington, DC

2018 Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Law and GW Law

May 30, 2018, Washington, DC

TAP Blog

Kevin Werbach and Andrea Matwyshyn Discuss How the U.S. Can Improve Internet Security and Access

Wharton School of Business' Kevin Werbach and Northeastern University's Andrea Matwyshyn discuss how the U.S. can take internet connectivity to the next level.

TAP Staff Blogger

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 Experts Alarmed as Amazon Moves into the Health Care Industry

"The law covers traditional health insurance and provider health care, but it doesn’t cover many of the other sources of health-related data that today’s technology generates. It doesn’t cover, for example, the books you buy about health care or the many fitness and health-care apps you may have on your phone." — Peter Swire, Professor of Law, Georgia Tech

Peter Swire
The Washington Post
January 30, 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