Daniel Justin Solove

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Daniel Justin Solove

Eugene L. and Barbara A. Bernard Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law


Office Phone: (202) 994-9514
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Law School Complex 20th Street, NW between G & H Streets, NW Washington DC 20052

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 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), and The Future of Reputation: Gossip and Rumor in the Information Age (Yale 2007). 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, 7th ed. 2021), Privacy, Law Enforcement, and National Security (Aspen, 3rd ed. 2021), Consumer Privacy and Data Protection (Aspen, 3rd ed. 2021), Privacy and the Media (Aspen, 4th ed. 2021), EU Data Protection and the GDPR (Aspen, 1st ed. 2021) (all textbooks with Paul M. Schwartz). Additionally, Professor Solove is the author of the treatise Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP, 6th edition 2022) (with Paul M. Schwartz).

Additionally, he has written a children’s fiction book about privacy called The Eyemonger (2020). 

Professor Solove has written more than 90 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 a number of high-profile privacy cases involving Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

Professor Solove's work has been cited in more than 4600 publications. He has been recognized as the #1 most-cited legal scholar born after 1970. 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.

He serves on the advisory boards of 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.

In the News

"HIPAA protects health data privacy, but not in the ways most people think"

Engadget quoted Daniel Solove explaining that HIPAA does not cover privacy as extensively as the public thinks it does and breaks down what it does cover.

"Face Search Engine PimEyes Blocks Searches of Children’s Faces"

The New York Times quoted Daniel Solove in an article discussing the violation of privacy new technology poses on search engines.

"Column: Horrific social media posts about the Israel-Hamas war show how being online ruins independent thinking. Can we fix it?’’

Los Angeles Times quoted Daniel Solove about his idea of “murky consent” and the updates required of company’s privacy agreements.