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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Abortion Bans Are Going to Make Stalkerware Even More Dangerous

“Policymakers tend to view privacy violations in silos, so they pursue reforms in a piecemeal manner. One day, proposals focus on nonconsensual pornography; the next, deepfake sex videos, still another, the confidentiality of people’s COVID statuses; and so on. To the extent that the law is updated, the reforms are often overly narrow. ” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Danielle Citron
Source: Slate – Future Tense
July 5, 2022

We’re So Close to Getting Data Loyalty Right

“We are at a critical juncture in the data privacy debate. Like the choice of where to lay roads, the privacy rules we choose now will be with us for decades, if not centuries. If lawmakers are going to create data loyalty rules, it is essential they get them right.” — Privacy law scholars Woodrow Hartzog, Boston University, and Neil Richards, Washington University in St. Louis

Woodrow Hartzog
Source: IAPP Privacy Perspectives
June 14, 2022

What Your Android Phone’s New “Data Safety” Labels Mean

“Most of us want privacy, but we don’t want to spend every waking moment thinking about privacy.” — Lorrie Cranor, Director of the CyLab Security & Privacy Institute, Carnegie Mellon University,

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The Washington Post
May 5, 2022

Growth in Surveillance Technology Pits Law Enforcement Against Privacy Concerns

“Technologies have become cheaper and more powerful. And more and more of us today have publicly available images of ourselves and our faces online. The opportunities for surveillance have become commonplace and nearly ubiquitous.” — name, position, institution

Alessandro Acquisti
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune
April 10, 2022

Swipe Right When You See a Conference Room You Like

“Companies have tracked employee phone and computer use for years, but these apps “take employee surveillance to a new level.” — Lorrie Faith Cranor, Professor of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The New York Times
January 18, 2022

There's an app to help prove vax status, but experts say choose wisely

“We have nowadays protocols, which allow for certain data to be verified, and used, without compromising individual's identity” — Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti
Source: NPR
November 15, 2021

Privacy Concerns Aren't Keeping Automakers From Selling Massive Amounts of Your Data

“I think that it is high time that we have national privacy legislation that would reach consumer deceiving and unfair practices by companies around privacy.” — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
Source: Newsweek
October 27, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“This is such a terrifying assault on intimate privacy. It incentivizes spying and exposure of women and girls and their intimate relationships and reproductive life that is unfathomably troubling.” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Danielle Citron
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“The net result of the new Texas law will be to chill all speech, online and off.” — Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

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
Source: The New York Times
May 19, 2021
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Eric Goldman Explains How California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Bill (AB2273) Would Break the Internet

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.

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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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Risk and Rights in Transatlantic Data Transfers: EU Privacy Law, U.S. Surveillance, and the Search for Common Ground

Transatlantic data transfers are limited by decisions of European Union (EU) authorities ruling that surveillance conducted by the United States threatens privacy. Export control law provides a model to resolve the conflict.

By: Ira Rubinstein, Peter Margulies