Blog Posts and Reviews

This page indexes book reviews, blog posts, rants, and other assorted comments.

Blog PostDifferential Pricing and Privacy: Good, Bad, or Otherwise? (March 11, 2014), available here (Concurring Opinions).

Blog PostWho Is The More Active Privacy Enforcer: FTC or OCR? (August 23, 2013), available here. (Concurring Opinions).

Blog PostOverturning the Third-Party Doctrine by Statute: Hard and Harder (April 29, 2013), available here. (Concurring Opinions).

Blog Post: Death and Privacy, Parts I and II, (March 29 & April 1, 2013), available here and here. (Genealogical Privacy).

Blog PostNader, Onassis, and Jones: Privacy in Public and Limits on the Private Sector (February 9, 2012), available here.  (Commons Lab, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).

Blog PostLegislating Privacy After US v Jones: Can Congress Limit Government Use of New Surveillance Technologies? (January 15. 2012), available here. (Commons Lab, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).

Blog Post:  Location Privacy: Is Privacy in Public a Contradiction in Terms? (February 21, 2011), available here. (Geodata Policy).

Review:  The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance by Colin J. Bennett MIT Press 2008).  Bennett's book includes some case studies of privacy campaigns. An appendix to the review offers my own account of a case study of a 1998 incident involving the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics that had a significant effect on the development of a patient identifier in the United States and on privacy activities of the Clinton Administration.  I was a member of NCVHS at the time and played a role in the events. This particular case study is not covered in Bennett's book, but I include it here just to make the story available to anyone who may be interested. The review and appendix are both available here.  Posted 11/4/08.

Short Reviews:  These are reviews of books relevant to privacy and other information policy issues. The selection is necessarily arbitrary. I may add additional reviews here as the mood strikes.

     · Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2010. (Electronic Privacy Information Center, 2010).

     · Who Are You? Identification, Deception, and Surveillance in Early Modern Europe. Valentin Groebner (Zone Books, 2007).

     · IN CONFIDENCE: When to Protect Secrecy and When to Require Disclosure. Ronald Goldfarb (Yale University Press 2009).

     · SEARCHING EYES: Privacy, The State, and Disease Surveillance in America. Amy L. Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, James Colgrove (University of California Press, 2007).

At present, all of these short reviews are in a single document, available here.

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