The Program on Data and Governance at The Ohio State University College of Law presents the annual Distinguished Lecture on Big Data Law and Policy. Each year, the Distinguished Lecture hosts a renowned thinker to present innovative ideas on legal, ethical, technological, and other strategies for governing big data analytics. A second invited scholar offers comments and engages the Lecturer in discussion. The Distinguished Lecture Series guests include leaders from the legal, business, technology, policy and the interdisciplinary University community.
Privacy laws are sweeping the world. Here in the US, several states have passed privacy statutes, and Congress is considering a federal law. In this lecture Professor Solove, one of the nation’s leading privacy law scholars, will argue that the recent legislative efforts are taking a dead-end approach.
The laws focus on providing individuals with rights to control their data. In so doing, they put too much onus on individuals who lack the time and expertise to exercise the rights provided to them, and they fail to account for privacy’s systemic and social dimensions. After diagnosing the problem and dismantling some of the recent privacy laws’ most popular elements, Professor Solove will offer a path forward.
To protect privacy in today’s age of Big Data, algorithms, and AI, privacy law must take a radical new direction.
About the speaker
Daniel J. Solove is the Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is also the founder of TeachPrivacy, a privacy and cybersecurity training company. One of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Professor Solove has lectured at universities, companies, and government agencies around the world and been interviewed and quoted by the media in several hundred articles and broadcasts, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR.
He is the author of numerous books, including Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (Oxford 2022) (with Woodrow Hartzog), Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard 2008), and The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007).
About the commentator
Margot Kaminski is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School and the Director of the Privacy Initiative at Silicon Flatirons. She specializes in the law of new technologies, focusing on information governance, privacy, and freedom of expression. Recently, her work has examined autonomous systems, including AI, robots, and drones. In 2018, she conducted research on comparative data privacy law as a recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant. Her academic work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Southern California Law Review, among others, and she frequently writes for the popular press.