Daniel Justin Solove

Portrait of Daniel Solove

Daniel Justin Solove

Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law; Faculty Co-Director, GW Center for Law & Technology


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Daniel J. Solove is the Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is the co-director of the GW Center for Law & Technology and is the director of the Privacy and Technology Law Program. He is also the founder of TeachPrivacy, a privacy and cybersecurity training company.

One of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Professor Solove has lectured at universities, companies, and government agencies around the world and been interviewed and quoted by the media in several hundred articles and broadcasts, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR.

He is the author of numerous books, including Breached! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (Oxford 2022) (with Woodrow Hartzog), Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security (Yale 2011), Understanding Privacy (Harvard 2008), The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007), and the Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU 2004). The Future of Reputation won the 2007 McGannon Award, and Professor Solove's books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Bulgarian, among other languages.

He is also the author of several textbooks, including: Information Privacy Law (Aspen, 8th ed. 2023), Privacy, Law Enforcement, and National Security (Aspen, 4td ed. 2024), Consumer Privacy and Data Protection (Aspen, 4th ed. 2024), Privacy and the Media (Aspen, 5th ed. 2024), EU Data Protection and the GDPR (Aspen, 2d ed. 2024) (all textbooks with Paul M. Schwartz). Additionally, Professor Solove is the author of the treatise Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP, 7th edition 2024) (with Paul M. Schwartz).

Professor Solove has also written a children’s fiction book about privacy called The Eyemonger (2020). His books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Bulgarian, among other languages.

Professor Solove has written more than 100 articles that have been published in law reviews such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, NYU Law Review, Michigan Law Review, U. Pennsylvania Law Review, U. Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, and Duke Law Journal, as well as newspapers and magazines such as Scientific American, Washington Post, and Wired.

He served as co-reporter of the American Law Institute's Principles of Law, Data Privacy. Professor Solove is the organizer of several annual events, including the Privacy + Security Forum, and the Privacy Law Salon. He founded the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, the largest and leading academic conference in privacy law. He also founded and runs the Privacy+Security Academy, an organization that provides education and events to professionals.

Professor Solove has testified before Congress, has contributed to amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served as a consultant or expert witness in many high-profile privacy cases involving Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

Professor Solove's work has been cited in about 5,000 publications. He has been recognized as the most-cited legal scholar born after 1970 and the most-cited legal scholar in the law and technology field. Professor Solove's work has been excerpted in many casebooks and discussed in many judicial opinions, including those by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, district courts, and state supreme courts.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Solove clerked for Judge Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He also worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and as a senior policy advisor at Hogan Lovells LLP.

He serves on the advisory boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Law and Humanities Institute. Professor Solove is a fellow at the Ponemon Institute and at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

Professor Solove has more than 1 million LinkedIn followers. He blogs at Privacy+Security Blog.

BA, Washington University in St. Louis; JD, Yale University

  • 6486 - Information Privacy Law
  • 6896 - Consumer Privacy and Data Protection: Regulatory Approaches
  • 6606 - Law and Literature