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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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Upcoming Events

IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019

Canada’s premier privacy conference

May 23, 2019, Toronto, ON

2019 Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Law and GW Law

May 30, 2019, Berkeley, CA

PrivacyCon 2019

Presented by the Federal Trade Commission

June 27, 2019, Washington, DC

Fifteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security

Annual privacy and security conference

August 11, 2019, Santa Clara, CA

TAP Blog

Will the United States Finally Enact a Federal Comprehensive Privacy Law?

George Washington University privacy law professor Daniel Solove outlines why the U.S. does not currently have a comprehensive privacy law; and, he provides a practical path to establish federal oversight for privacy and security protections.

Daniel J. Solove

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. 

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A Record FTC Fine Won't Fix Facebook, Privacy Experts Say

"A billion isn't what it used to be. The problem with Facebook writing a check is that it’s the cost of doing business and not a deterrent." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

William E. Kovacic
Consumer Reports
April 25, 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