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George Washington University privacy law expert Daniel Solove shares his insights from reviewing the ‘Schrems II’ ruling, and he discusses possible options –post Schrems II-- to transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S.
Georgia Tech law and ethics professor Peter Swire reviews the Schrems II ruling and discusses some of the challenges with reconciling fundamental rights and national security.
This is the second of a two-part post from TAP guest blogger, Professor Theodore Christakis, University Grenoble Alpes. Professor Christakis discusses the constitutional implications created by the Schrems II judgment not only for the EU but also for greater Europe.
This is the first of a two-part post from TAP guest blogger, Professor Theodore Christakis, University Grenoble Alpes. Professor Christakis discusses the uncertainties created by the Schrems II judgment for the future of international data transfers.
Following the “Schrems II” decision, with the invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, privacy expert Omer Tene explains why data will continue to flow across borders, including from Europe to the U.S.
Mary L. Gray, faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, calls out the tech sector for exacerbating “the systemic racism and health disparities that have given the pandemic its grotesque shape in our country — because they ignore them.”
There has been a surge in phishing attacks and online scams taking advantage of COVID-19-related uncertainties and vulnerabilities. Carnegie Mellon University Professor Lorrie Cranor shares insights from her anti-phishing research.
Privacy expert Omer Tene provides a review of the two-year-old GDPR: he highlights strengths of the EU’s sweeping data protection regulation, and also discusses aspects of the law that need more work.
In an op-ed article for the Los Angeles Times, Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University, shares his insights into Google and Apple’s contact tracing project, and he discusses the “three concerns to keep in mind about relying on technology to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis.”
Privacy expert Paul Schwartz, UC Berkeley, examines two proposed federal bills developed for the regulation of a COVID-19-tracking app in order to protect the privacy of health information.
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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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