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An Overview of Privacy Law in 2022

Solove, Daniel J. and Schwartz, Paul M., An Overview of Privacy Law in 2022 (April 1, 2022). Chapter 1 of PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS (6th Edition, IAPP 2022), GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-26, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2022-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4072205

“Chapter 1 of PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS (6th edition, IAPP 2022) provides an overview of information privacy law circa 2022. The chapter summarizes the common themes in privacy laws and discusses the various types of laws (federal, constitutional, state, international). It contains a list and brief summary of the most significant U.S. federal privacy laws. The heart of the chapter is an historical timeline of major developments in the law of privacy and data security, including key cases, enactments of laws, major regulatory developments, influential publications, and other significant events. The chapter also contains a curated list of important treatises and scholarly works. PRIVACY LAW FUNDAMENTALS is a distilled guide to the essential elements of U.S. data privacy law. In an easily-digestible format, the book covers core concepts, key laws, and leading cases. The book summarizes the essential provisions of all of the major privacy statutes and regulations, including COPPA, ECPA, FCRA, FERPA, FISA, FTC Act, GLBA, HIPAA, TCPA, Privacy Act, VPPA, and more. The book includes summaries of foreign laws such as the EU’s GDPR, China’s PIPL, Canada’s PIPEDA, Brazil’s LGPD, and more. In addition, the book summarizes key state privacy laws and provides an overview of FTC and HHS enforcement actions. The authors provide numerous charts and tables summarizing the privacy statutes (i.e. statutes with private rights of action, preemption, and statutory damages, among other things).”

Copyright Protections for Press Publishers

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FDA calls for fall boosters against BA.4/5 as subvariants take over US

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Overview of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act

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The Important Role Libraries Play in Building a Creative and Innovative Society

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US weather, climate forecasting is about to get way better

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Election Worker Safety and Privacy

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The pandemic is still casting a shadow over teamwork. But not in the ways you might expect.

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Twitter is the go-to social media site for U.S. journalists, but not for the public

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