Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Information Privacy

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HP Auditorium, Soda Hall

Christopher Hoofnagle
Electronic Privacy Information Center, San Fracisco
West Coast Office


A famous businessman declared recently that "Privacy is dead, get over it." But much has changed since then. Both the states and federal government have enacted laws to protect individuals' personal information from unintended uses and unwanted disclosure. New technologies have been developed that enable disruption of some automated data collection. Privacy advocates are attempting to establish blanket protection for data under a framework known as "Fair Information Practices." New threats to privacy are on the horizon. Most notably, dossiers on individuals are being built from personal information contained in public records. Anti-terrorism and law enforcement legislation is resulting in more government access to individuals' data. And finally, heightened interest in copyright enforcement is resulting in computers and devices being designed to track users.


Chris Jay Hoofnagle is director of EPIC's West Coast Office in San Francisco, California.
He has testified before Congress on privacy and Social Security Numbers, data security and commercial data brokers, identity theft, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act; before the Judicial Conference of the U.S. on public records and privacy; and before California legislative bodies on privacy. He is a member of the California, DC, and Maryland bars. He joins Stanford's Center for Internet and Society as a non-residential fellow this fall.

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