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

[Cancelled] IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2020

An International Association of Privacy Professionals event

April 7, 2020, Washington, DC

[Postponed] 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation

Hosted by the Delft University of Technology

May 11, 2020, Delft, Netherlands

[Cancelled] 4th Doctoral Workshop on The Economics of Digitization

Hosted by Toulouse School of Economics

May 19, 2020, Toulouse, France

Eighth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS)

A Center for Law, Science & Innovation event

May 27, 2020, Phoenix, AZ

[Online] 2020 Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Co-sponsored by BCLT and GW Law

June 4, 2020, See event website

PrivacyCon 2020

Presented by the Federal Trade Commission

July 21, 2020, Washington, DC

9th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

Presented by Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

October 9, 2020, East Palo Alto, CA

TAP Blog

TAP Scholars Weigh In on Technology’s Impact on Democratic Institutions

TAP scholars danah boyd, Eric Goldman, Evan Selinger, and Joseph Turow share their expertise with a recent Pew Research Center report aimed at learning the potential future effects of people’s use of technology on democracy.

TAP Staff Blogger

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.


Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

"It creates an arms race, and consumers will lose in that race,” he said. “Any of these things is a half-measure or a stopgap. There will always be a way around it." — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

Woodrow Hartzog
The New York Times
February 14, 2020

Featured Article

Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security

"Deep fake" technology makes it possible to create audio and video files of real people saying and doing things they never said or did. These technologies create policy and legal problems. Possible responses include technological solutions, criminal and civil liability, and regulation.

By: Danielle Citron, Robert Chesney