A Brief History of Information Privacy Law


GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 215

53 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2006 Last revised: 9 Feb 2017

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Daniel J. Solove

George Washington University Law School


This book chapter, originally written in 2006 and updated in 2016, provides a brief history of information privacy law, with a primary focus on United States privacy law. It discusses the development of the common law torts, Fourth Amendment law, the constitutional right to information privacy, numerous federal statutes pertaining to privacy, electronic surveillance laws, and more. It explores how the law has emerged and evolved in response to new technologies that have increased the collection, dissemination, and use of personal information.

The chapter has been updated to cover the highlights of the last decade of privacy law developments.

Keywords: privacy, information, history, technology

JEL Classification: D80, O30

Suggested Citation

Solove, Daniel J., A Brief History of Information Privacy Law. PROSKAUER ON PRIVACY, PLI, 2016; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 215. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914271

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