Computer scientists have recently undermined our faith in the privacy-protecting power of anonymization, the name for techniques that protect the privacy of individuals in large databases by deleting information like names and social security numbers. These scientists have demonstrated that they can often " reidentify " or " deanonymize " individuals hidden… (More)
This Article provides the first comprehensive analysis of the law and policy of privacy on social network sites, using Facebook as its principal example. It explains how Facebook users socialize on the site, why they misunderstand the risks involved, and how their privacy suffers as a result. Facebook offers a socially compelling platform that also… (More)
Whether it is acting as a conduit, an editor, or an advisor, the search engine should put user interests first.
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This Article explains that certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, contributed to Google's willingness to undertake the Google Book Search (GBS) project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the lawsuit charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning in-copyright books. Approval of this settlement would achieve… (More)
The audacity of the Google Book Search (―GBS‖) initiative, under which Google has scanned millions of in-copyright books from the collections of major research libraries in order to index their contents and serve up snippets in response to search queries, was surpassed only by the audacity of the proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit that… (More)
The Google Books case and its proposed settlement have provoked heated debate. Objections to the settlement proposals have come from virtually all sides—from Google's competitors to public interest organizations, state attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice, and even foreign countries such as France and Germany. While it is impossible to know… (More)
" You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. " 1 I. How should we think about privacy in a digital age? One approach is to focus on how people use computers: how what we choose to share about ourselves changes when we go online. 2 But we could also focus on how computers use people: how flows of personal information are transformed by… (More)