New Podcast: Can Intellectual Property law inform Privacy? A discussion with Eric Goldman

New Podcast: Can Intellectual Property law inform Privacy? A discussion with Eric Goldman

April 25, 2014: Can Intellectual Property law inform Privacy? A discussion with Eric Goldman

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

In this podcast, FPF Legal and Policy Joe Newman talks with Eric Goldman, Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, Director of the High Tech Law Institute, and a new member of FPF’s Advisory Board. Professor Goldman discusses the problems that arise when trying to incorporate property law concepts within privacy debates.

It’s no surprise that personal information today is a hot commodity, bought and sold by thousands of entities daily. Companies like Covata and Personal tell consumers they can “Own their data,” suggesting that personal information be characterized as property. Goldman discusses the history of privacy thinking with respect to the idea of “data” as “property” and the general reluctance of privacy thinkers to export intellectual property law concepts to cover privacy. General cynicism about the effectiveness of IP law in the 1990s made many fear that once data was “propertized,” companies “would just find easier ways of grabbing that data,” at the expense of consumers. “People’s norms about property get really weird,” Goldman notes. “A lot of the time the label ‘property’ actually distorts the conversation in fundamental and often unhelpful ways.”

 

Leave a Reply


Privacy Calendar

Sep
15
Mon
all-day Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? @ Constitution Center
Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion o… @ Constitution Center
Sep 15 all-day
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” in Washington on September 15, 2014, to [...]
Sep
17
Wed
all-day IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Congress 2014 @ San Jose Convention Center
IAPP Privacy Academy and CSA Con… @ San Jose Convention Center
Sep 17 – Sep 19 all-day
This fall, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are bringing together the IAPP Privacy Academy and the CSA Congress [...]
Oct
21
Tue
6:00 pm Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Awards Reception @ Google
Consumer Action’s 43rd Annual Aw… @ Google
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To mark its 43rd anniversary, Consumer Action’s Annual Awards Reception on October 21, 2014, will celebrate the theme of “Train the Trainer.” Through the power of [...]
Jan
28
Wed
all-day Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day
Jan 28 all-day
“Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The [...]
Jan
28
Thu
all-day Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day
Jan 28 all-day
“Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The [...]

View Calendar