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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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.
A recap of some of the books written by TAP scholars in 2022. These books examine technology policy issues ranging from the prediction power of artificial intelligence, privacy and surveillance, cybersecurity, and quantum computing.
George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove provides his list of notable books on privacy and security from 2022.
Microsoft Partner Researcher danah boyd shared insights from her multi-year ethnographic study of the U.S. census. She discussed how the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to embrace differential privacy as part of its system to protect statistical confidentiality upended what people imagined the work of data to be.
Dr. Mando Rachovitsa, University of Groningen, delves into the court case that challenged the Dutch government’s use of an algorithmic decision-making system aimed at combatting fraud in its social welfare programs. She explains why the judgment has been lauded as a “landmark ruling“ for addressing the human rights implications of the digital welfare state .
In his keynote address for NBER’s conference on “Megafirms and the Post-COVID Economy”, Professor Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics, explained how traditional regulation and antitrust rules are ineffective in addressing the unique issues arising from the growth of digital platforms.
In a UVA Common Law podcast, University of Pennsylvania law professor Anita Allen joins University of Virginia law professor Danielle Citron and UVA Law’s Dean Risa Goluboff to discuss privacy law as it specifically impacts people of color.
Law professor Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University, explains why the California Age Appropriate Design Code Act, AB 2273, “would radically reshape the Internet” if signed into law.
Santa Clara internet law scholar Eric Goldman writes about California AB2408, proposed legislation intended to address social media platforms that are addictive to children.
Privacy law expert Daniel Solove, George Washington University, discusses the positive and concerning elements of the proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act being discussed in Congress.
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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. 


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
August 30, 2022

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Consumer Privacy and the Future of Data-Based Innovation and Marketing

Firms' use of consumer data for innovation and marketing can raise privacy concerns. Large incumbent firms may have an advantage over small or new firms in addressing privacy concerns.

By: Catherine Tucker, Alexander Bleier, Avi Goldfarb