Advancements in technology are driving unprecedented challenges for individual privacy. In response to these new and evolving challenges, the Privacy and Technology Project (Privacy Project) adopts a technology-oriented approach focused on developers and technology. The Privacy Project’s initiatives cut across a range of activities, including, but not limited to, applied legal research, policy analysis, developer focused workshops, and working with technologists to develop tools for technologists. Examples of the Privacy Project’s work include:
• Mozilla. Collaborating with Mozilla on an online resource to empower small and independent developers to adhere to good privacy practices. For more information, please contact Charles Belle
• Legislation. Providing policy analysis of proposed legislation for the California State Senate & Assembly and the Office of the Attorney General of California. For more information, please contact Charles Belle.
• Data Breach Research Lab. This project seeks to more directly employ the scientific techniques of observation and analysis in the service of modernizing data privacy regulation. For more information, please contact Brian Pascal.
Charles Belle, Research Director, Privacy and Technology Project. Founder and Research Director of the Privacy Project at UC Hastings, Charles manages the Privacy Project’s work in a variety of areas. His current projects include analyzing SDK privacy policies with the objective of developing resources to inform developers of information sharing vulnerabilities, a comparative research project on proposed privacy legislation, and managing the Data Breach Research Lab initiative launched July 2013.
As part of his community outreach initiative, Charles founded a series of community outreach initiatives, including launching the first Privacy Workshop for Startups and the Bay Area Privacy Professionals series. His work has led to a range of collaborations with entities that include the Office of the Attorney General of California, Hackers and Founders, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
Brian Pascal, Research Fellow, Privacy and Technology Project. Brian’s work focuses on applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to the problems of policymaking, using evidence and data analysis to help laws better conform to the needs of empirical reality. His current research involves studying the impact of data breaches and the efficacy of mandatory reporting laws. Additionally, he assists the Institute in its role as an advisor to the California State Assembly on issues relating to privacy.
Prior to joining Hastings, Brian has served in a variety of roles at the interface of technology, law, policy, and business. He has been a civil liberties engineer with Palantir Technologies, a cybersecurity and privacy consultant with IBM, and an attorney with the firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is also a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.
Brian received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, and in between he studied science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
PRIVACY PROJECT SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT ADVISORS
Subject Matter Experts Advisors provide guidance and expertise on specific initiatives and research by the Privacy and Technology Project.
Ron Dolin, Research Fellow, Stanford CodeX. Ron Dolin received a B.A. in math and physics from U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara. His dissertation focused on scalable distributed architectures for locating heterogeneous information sources. After grad school, Ron joined Google, which he finally left to attend law school at UC Hastings. Ron also published a legal analysis of search query privacy. Ron is currently working with CodeX on legal informatics, legal technology, and related startups.
Jim Harper, Cato Institute. Jim Harper is the Director of Information Policy studies at the Cato Institute. Jim works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age, in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security. Jim was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he recently co-edited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper is the editor of Privacilla.org, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy. He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings.
James Snell, Bingham McCutchen. Jim Snell is co-chair of Bingham’s Privacy and Security Group and former co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He was recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines. Jim represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including patent litigation, Internet and privacy issues, trade secret matters, matters involving unfair competition claims under California Business and Professions Code section 17200, false advertising, and class actions. He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings.