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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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In their new paper, “Breaking the Privacy Gridlock: A Broader Look at Remedies,” privacy experts Chris Hoofnagle, James Dempsey, Ira Rubinstein, and Katherine Strandburg examine regulatory structures outside the field of information privacy in order to identify enforcement and remedy structures that may be useful in developing federal consumer privacy legislation.
Professor Joseph Turow, Annenberg School for Communication, discusses the technology changes in voice profiling, and explains how “companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice.”
In this second of a two-part article exploring the intense negotiations between the US and EU over adequate surveillance in the name of national security, Professor Theodore Christakis, University Grenoble Alpes, examines the EU position on the relevance of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and shares possible counter-arguments for the US perspective.
In this first of a two-part articles exploring the intense negotiations between the US and EU over what should be included and excluded when it comes to surveillance in the name of national security, and as a successor to the now invalid Privacy Shield, Professor Theodore Christakis, University Grenoble Alpes, delves into the US arguments for direct access to data by its intelligence agencies.
In their new article, “Privacy Harms,” privacy experts and law professors Danielle Citron, University of Virginia, and Daniel Solove, George Washington University, discuss the legal challenges in holding privacy violators accountable for the harms they cause.
Professor Nicholas Economides, Stern School of Business of NYU, and Professor Ioannis Lianos, University College of London Faculty of Laws, explain how digital platforms have caused a market failure.
Professor Bennett Capers discusses his article, “Afrofuturism, Critical Race Theory, and Policing in the Year 2044,” and shares how his interests in literature, experience as a prosecutor, and his personal identity influence his scholarship.
International privacy expert and GWU law professor Daniel Solove reaches out to children with his new book, The Eyemonger.
A selection of articles recently written by TAP scholars explore AI and the impact on privacy, how to safeguard privacy and security in an interconnected world, digital platforms and antitrust, and patent reform to support innovation.
Professor Théodore Christakis' recent article examines the EU’s proposed new digital legislation and the overarching desire for “digital sovereignty”. Professor Christakis is Professor of International and European Law at the Université Grenoble Alpes.
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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.

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Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

“Using the human body for discriminating among people is something that we should not do.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems & Industries, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
The New York Times
May 19, 2021

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Borders and Bits

Governments seek to regulate and access data stored outside of their traditional territorial limits. Private multinational companies that process data have become key players in shaping privacy and free speech rights.

By: Jennifer Daskal