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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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Privacy Experts Neil Richards and Danielle Citron Talk About Why Privacy Matters

In a UVA Common Law podcast, privacy law expert Neil Richards, law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, joins University of Virginia law professor Danielle Citron to discuss how privacy regulation could ensure that information cannot be used to gain control and influence others.

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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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California Passes Bill Aimed at Making the Internet Safer for Kids

“The bill's [California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (AB 2273)] requirements that platforms seek to assess users’ ages to offer them appropriate content, while well intentioned, could be overly intrusive and undermine efforts to provide these users more privacy.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
CNBC
August 30, 2022

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Designing Commercial Therapeutic Robots for Privacy Preserving Systems and Ethical Research Practices Within the Home

Robots designed for therapeutic purposes are now available in many countries. These robots collect sensitive data over long periods of time. In the United States, health privacy laws do not always cover data collected by robots in the home.

By: Deirdre Mulligan, Elaine Sedenberg, John Chuang