Keep Your Focus, Guard Your Privacy: Midterm Edition 👀🔒

Hey Everyone,

Midterms aren’t over (will they ever be?), and neither are we. We are still giving out handy privacy advice and supplying you with our best events. We are almost done with the semester, everyone. Sprint to the finish!


Privacy in Analytics with Lauren Mihalakakos

Join us later today for a captivating discussion with alumna Lauren Mihalakakos, Senior Privacy Program Manager at Clarivate Plc, as she shares her expertise in data management. Explore the challenges of regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and privacy in the ever-evolving landscape of academia and industry. This event is on Thursday, March 28th, from 12:50 to 1:50 in W402.

PLA E-Board Application Deadline

If you have benefited from our programming this year, then you are needed to ensure that the PLA continues to create fun events and bring in insightful speakers next year.

How-To with Kyle: Intro to Building Websites

Are you interested how websites work? Do you want to know how to build a website that protects your guests? Kyle will be giving a brief tutorial on website creation for any and all interested. This event is on Thursday, April 18th, from 12:50 to 1:50.

The TriBeCa Cybersecurity Summit is scheduled for Friday, April 26th. Keep your eyes open for more.


H.R.7520 passed in the House.

By unanimous vote in the House of Representatives, the bill “Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024” has passed. However, some are afraid that it doesn’t cover all the necessary privacy concerns though. Crucially, this bill doesn’t actually limit the collection or use of consumer data: it’s just jockeying to ensure that US data brokers are the ones doing the exploitation.

Car insurers might know every wrong turn and every short stop you’ve made.

When a consumer won’t give you their data, what’s the solution? Buy it from someone the consumers have no choice but to trust. Owners of internet-connected vehicles may wish to beware of programs offering to provide analytics on their driving, because those analytics may not be kept discreet. Of course, this isn’t the first time car manufacturers have spied on drivers.

This article is behind a paywall, courtesy of the New York Times. If you don’t have a New York Times subscription, and if you’re using Mozilla Firefox (as we recommend!), Bypass Paywalls is something you should know about. Now, is this illegal? No–accessing data publicly available on a website (even against the wishes of that website’s owner) is not against the law. Is it a violation of terms of service? If it is, I’m not seeing the provision… but using an ad blocker definitely is (section 1.5). You should all be using ad blockers anyway.

Don’t forget to apply for the PLA E-Board!

Jon Welgrin
Social Chair, Privacy Law Association
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Please reach out with anything

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