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Boston University School of Law




Information privacy has changed quite a bit over the past thirty years. Even if you haven’t been following the news, you’ve probably felt it as part of your daily interaction with information technologies. More of our personal information is converted into data, collected, used, and shared than ever before. The law of information privacy has changed as well. What started with a reckoning around the printing press and handheld cameras became formalized with the advent of the database and has turned into something bigger and more complex than I would have ever imagined.

The idea for this symposium began with my mentor and longtime collaborator Daniel Solove, reflecting upon the start of the modern information privacy law project in the 1990s, and how privacy law and scholarship have developed in the 30-odd years since the widespread adoption of the Internet. When I first started studying privacy, there was only a smattering of information privacy laws scattered here and there. The first privacy texts, many written by contributors to this symposium, were comparatively thin. It was plausible to make yourself aware of most of the privacy scholarship out there because the field was still relatively new and niche

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