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VIDEO: Reflecting on data privacy, rabbit holes and the ‘Eyemonger’

As a Professor of Law with many years of experience in data privacy, Daniel reflects on how the landscape has changed since the early days of his career as well as the challenges of defining privacy as a concept. He talks about how privacy harms are often hidden with technology marching ahead and now able to collect data and surveil people on a huge scale but is clear that we need to “demand accountability”.

An accomplished author, Solove’s most recent book is for children. Called the Eyemonger, it fills the gap that he himself found when reading books to his own son – that very little has been written about the reality of technologies and data collection for younger people. “I wanted to show, in a fun, interesting and memorable way why privacy is a value that needs to be protected”.

It is also interesting to hear Solove give us an American perspective on the GDPR “it’s a wonderful law which has inspired lots of other laws around the world” which is starting to have the positive effect of normalising personal data rights into our societies.

Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

He founded TeachPrivacy, a company providing privacy and data security training.

One of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Solove is the author of 10 books and more than 50 articles