“In a faraway land, a stranger arrives with promises of greater security in exchange for sacrificing privacy. His name is The Eyemonger, and he has 103 eyes. With the help of flying eye creatures, he spies on everybody. But his plan soon starts to go wrong . . .”
And so begins the adventures of The Eyemonger, a newly illustrated children’s book by Professor Daniel J. Solove. The book tells the story of a creature who spies on people and the problems that ensue. Believed to be the only children’s book on the topic of privacy, it discusses the importance of privacy in a way that children can understand.
In addition to publishing The Eyemonger, Professor Solove also served as Co-Reporter on the American Law Institute’s (ALI) project Principles of the Law, Data Privacy, ALI’s first deep dive into the field of information privacy law. The project, which is now in print, seeks to bring greater coherence to this area of the law by providing best practices for bodies that collect personal information and for state and federal regulatory legislatures and administrative agencies.
At a time of heightened data privacy concerns, the project aims to offer guidance to policymakers. Within the past few years, many new privacy laws have been passed, and there has been a strong push for a comprehensive federal privacy law. ”Legislative attention to privacy issues has never been greater,” Professor Solove states. “Privacy is essential to our future. An unprecedented amount of personal data is being gathered about people, and sophisticated evolving algorithms are being used to analyze this data and make important decisions that affect our lives. We need to figure out what to do before it is too late.”
One of the world’s leading experts on privacy law, Professor Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at GW Law, where he teaches information privacy law, criminal procedure, criminal law, and law and literature. He also is the founder of TeachPrivacy, a privacy and cybersecurity training company.
The author of more than 10 books, including the leading textbook on information privacy law, and more than 50 law review articles, he has served as a consultant or expert witness in a number of high-profile privacy cases. In addition, he has testified before Congress and contributed to amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Solove serves on the advisory boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Future of Privacy Forum. A highly sought-after legal expert and commentator on privacy issues, Professor Solove is a LinkedIn “Influencer” with more than one million followers and also blogs at Privacy + Security.