A Model Regime of Privacy Protection (Version 1.1)

13 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2005

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Daniel J. Solove

George Washington University Law School

Chris Jay Hoofnagle

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Date Written: March 8, 2005


Privacy protection in the United States has often been criticized, but critics have too infrequently suggested specific proposals for reform. Recently, there has been significant legislative interest at both the federal and state levels in addressing the privacy of personal information. This was sparked when ChoicePoint, one of the largest data brokers in the United States with records on almost every adult American citizen, sold data on about 145,000 people to fraudulent businesses set up by identity thieves.

In the aftermath of the ChoicePoint debacle, both of us have been asked by Congressional legislative staffers, state legislative policymakers, journalists, academics, and others about what specifically should be done to better regulate information privacy. In response to these questions, we believe that it is imperative to have a discussion of concrete legislative solutions to privacy problems.

What appears below is our attempt at such an endeavor. Privacy experts have long suggested that information collection be consistent with Fair Information Practices. This Model Regime incorporates many of those practices and applies them specifically to the context of commercial data brokers such as Choicepoint. We hope that this will provide useful guidance to legislators and policymakers in crafting laws and regulations. We also intend this to be a work-in-progress in which we collaborate with others. We welcome input from other academics, policymakers, journalists, and experts as well as from the industries and businesses that will be subject to the regulations we propose. We invite criticisms and constructive suggestions, and we will update this Model Regime to incorporate the comments we find most helpful and illuminating. We also aim to discuss some of the comments we receive in a commentary section. To the extent to which we incorporate suggestions and commentary, and if those making suggestions want to be identified, we will graciously acknowledge those assisting in our endeavor.

Notice, Consent, Control, and Access

1. Universal Notice 2. Meaningful Informed Consent 3. One-Step Exercise of Rights 4. Individual Credit Management 5. Access to and Accuracy of Personal Information

Security of Personal Information

6. Secure Identification 7. Disclosure of Security Breaches

Business Access to and Use of Personal Information

8. Social Security Number Use Limitation 9. Access and Use Restrictions for Public Records 10. Curbing Excessive Uses of Background Checks 11. Private Investigators

Government Access to and Use of Personal Data

12. Limiting Government Access to Business and Financial Records 13. Government Data Mining 14. Control of Government Maintenance of Personal Information

Privacy Innovation and Enforcement

15. Preserving the Innovative Role of the States 16. Effective Enforcement of Privacy Rights

Note: An updated version of this abstract can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=699701

Keywords: Privacy, legislation, regulation, ChoicePoint, information, security, data

JEL Classification: K10, K20

Suggested Citation

Solove, Daniel J. and Hoofnagle, Chris Jay, A Model Regime of Privacy Protection (Version 1.1) (March 8, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=681902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.681902

Daniel J. Solove (Contact Author)

George Washington University Law School ( email )

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Chris Jay Hoofnagle

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States
510-643-0213 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://hoofnagle.berkeley.edu

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