Maine Law Review Symposium

Who’s Governing Privacy? Regulation & Protection in a Digital Era

Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:00 - 5:30 pm
The Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine


The Maine Law Review is pleased to announce the 2014 Privacy Law Symposium—a chance to hear scholars, policymakers, practitioner, and the public discuss the challenges facing the regulation and protection of information and personal privacy in a rapidly evolving technological environment. Topics and presenters include:

The Glass House Effect: Big Data, the New Oil, and the Power of Analogy • Dennis Hirsch, Geraldine W. Howell Prof. of L., Capital University Law School • Exploring whether environmental law’s response to oil spills can be used analogously as privacy law learns to respond to data breaches.

Local Law Enforcement Jumps on the Big Data Bandwagon: Automated License Plate Recognition Systems, Information Privacy, and Access to Government Information • Bryce Clayton Newell, Ph.D Candidate, Information Center, University of Washington; J.D. University of California, Davis School of Law • Providing results of a large empirical study on automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems, and examining popular legal responses for protecting privacy in light to access through state disclosure laws

Privacy Law’s Precautionary Principle Problem • Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center at George Mason University • Examining “bottom-up solutions” for dealing with privacy concerns raised by Big Data, social media, and youth Internet access.

Some Realism about Technical Solutions to Transnational Surveillance • Ira Rubinstein, Senior Fellow, and Joris van Hoboken, Microsoft Research Fellow, Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law • Analyzing enhanced protections for addressing transnational surveillance risks in the context of cloud computing

Bad Samaritanism, the Entirely Predictable Effect of Section 230 ISP Immunity • Ann Bartow, Prof. of Law, Pace Law School • Suggesting that the profitability of online bullying, stalking, and harassment may be reduced by increasing the possible avenues of ISP liability through a reevaluation of Section 230 immunity.

The Promise and Shortcomings of Privacy Multistakeholder Policymaking: A Case Study • J. Trevor Hughes, President & CEO, and Omer Tene, V.P. of Research and Education, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)  • Discussing the  success and failures of multi-stakeholder self-regulatory efforts that provide the foundation for current U.S. privacy law.

Structural Limits on Government Access to Personal Data: A Post-Snowden Multi-National Comparison • Christopher Wolf, Dir., Privacy and Information Management Practice Group, Hogan Lovell, Washington, D.C. • Comparing governmental access to data in ‘the cloud’ in the United States to that in other countries, and the extent of protections afforded by the law.

For additional information or to register, please visit www.mainelawalum.org/mlr.