Daniel Justin Solove

Portrait of Daniel Solove
John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Daniel J. Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of 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 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 Publishing, 6th ed. 2018), Privacy, Law Enforcement, and National Security (Aspen Publishing, 2nd ed. 2018), Consumer Privacy and Data Protection (Aspen Publishing, 2nd ed. 2018), Privacy and the Media (Aspen Publishing, 3rd ed. 2018) (all textbooks with Paul M. Schwartz). Additionally, Professor Solove is the author of the treatise Privacy Law Fundamentals (IAPP 5th edition 2019) (with Paul M. Schwartz).

He has written more than 50 law review articles in 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, Duke Law Journal, and many others.

Professor Solove has also written shorter works for Scientific AmericanWashington PostWired, and several other newspapers and periodicals.

He is 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, the Privacy Law Salon: Privacy Roundtable, the Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, and the Higher Education Privacy Conference.

He 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 2700 publications, 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.

He blogs at LinkedIn as one of its “thought leaders,” and has more than 1 million followers. Professor Solove also blogs at Privacy+Security Blog.  

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

In the News

"Companies Lose Your Data and Then Nothing Happens"

April 21, 2022

Daniel J. Solove was quoted by Vox regarding the limits of data breach notifications.

"We Still Haven’t Learned the Major Lesson of the 2013 Target Hack"

April 13, 2022

Daniel J. Solove’s book, Breached!: Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve it, was excerpted by Slate.

"First Came the Ransomware Attacks, Now Come the Lawsuits"

July 25, 2021

Daniel Solove is quoted in the Washington Post about companies targeted by hackers also being sued by customers and employees.

"When ‘Big Brother’ Isn’t Scary Enough"

November 04, 2019

Daniel Justin Solove is quoted by The New York Times on the loss of control over personal information in a surveillance state.

“Think Concerns About Privacy Are New? Think Again’’

December 21, 2018

Daniel Justin Solove’s book Understanding Privacy is quoted in the Boston Globe about privacy concerns.