New Book by Media Institute Distinguished Fellow Offers Far-Reaching Insights
FOR RELEASE: August 21, 2020
Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
Arlington, Va., August 21, 2020 – “There can be no doubt now that digital privacy protection deserves more focus as a national policy priority,” concludes Stuart N. Brotman in his latest book, Privacy’s Perfect Storm: Digital Policy for Post-Pandemic Times, published this week.
Brotman, a Distinguished Fellow at The Media Institute, argues that three forces have converged to create a “perfect storm” affecting privacy at a critical moment in our nation’s history: the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation that affects U.S. Big Tech companies; the California Consumer Privacy Act that took effect on Jan. 1, 2020; and the “new normal” emerging as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
In a series of wide-ranging essays, Brotman addresses digital privacy issues specific to the pandemic such as health information and COVID-19 location data tracking. He goes on to address a broader range of privacy topics including data portability, biometric data, hacking, innovation, antitrust, 5G, the “digital privacy divide,” user consent, and more, all with an eye toward post-pandemic times and lessons learned from the pandemic.
“Stuart Brotman brings a constructive new perspective to the digital privacy dialogue,” said Media Institute President Richard Kaplar. “His insights on how the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect digital privacy in a post-pandemic world are especially prescient.”
As a Distinguished Fellow at The Media Institute, Brotman coordinates the program activities of the Institute’s Digital Media Center and serves on the Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.
Privacy’s Perfect Storm: Digital Policy for Post-Pandemic Times is published by Miniver Press and features a foreword by former FCC chairman Newton N. Minow. The book is available in paperback and e-book versions through amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939282489 and other booksellers.
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