‘Money For Your Life: Understanding Modern Privacy’

Stacy-Ann Elvy, Paying for Privacy and the Personal Data Economy, 117 Columbia Law Review 1369 (2017). The commercial law of privacy has long occupied a relatively marginal place in modern legal scholarship, situated in gaps among doctrinal exposition, critical conceptual elaboration, and economically-motivated modeling. Much of the explanation for the omission is surely technological. Until Internet technologies came along in the mid-1990s, it was difficult to turn private information into a ‘thing’ that was both technically and economically worth buying and selling. Technology and markets have passed the point of no return on that score … (more)

[Michael Madison, JOTWELL, 8 January]

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