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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Upcoming Events

11th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery, Law and Technology Conference

Hosted by the Center for Law, Science and Innovation

October 11, 2022, Phoenix, Arizona

15th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Playing the Long Game

Hosted by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology

October 14, 2022, Berkeley, CA

Transparency and the Tech Sector

Hosted by Silicon Flatirons

November 4, 2022,  

Joel R. Reidenberg Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop

Presented by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity

November 11, 2022, New York City, NY

Data Driven: Truckers, Tech, & the New Workplace Surveillance

Hosted by the Northeastern University School of Law

December 7, 2022, Boston MA

TAP Blog

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.

TAP Staff Blogger

Fact Sheets

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. 


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
Slate – Future Tense
July 5, 2022

Featured Article

Usable and Useful Privacy Interfaces

Designing privacy interfaces for devices, software, and websites that are easy for people to understand and control is difficult. Designers should shift focus from information to people and their privacy needs.

By: Lorrie Faith Cranor, Florian Schaub