Cyber Privacy (Hardcover)

Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care

By April Falcon Doss

Benbella Books, 9781948836920, 300pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2020

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Your personal data is being tracked at all times, across multiple platforms. If that makes you uneasy, it should.

We live in an era of unprecedented data aggregation. No matter where we live or what demographic groups we fall into, someone is collecting our data: to profile, target, and assess us; to predict our behavior and analyze our attitudes; to influence the things we do and buy--even to impact our vote. Employers, schools, and governments have access to unprecedented volumes of data, and exquisitely detailed user profiles are being amassed by major brands.

You shouldn't have to be a privacy expert to understand what happens to your data.

Technology is evolving quickly, while the laws and policies meant to protect us are not. It's time to rethink notions of privacy and what, if anything, limits the power of those who are constantly watching, listening, learning about, and influencing us.

And that's where Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care comes in. April Falcon Doss, a cybersecurity and privacy expert and former national security lawyer, has seen this imbalance in action.

Cyber Privacy demystifies data-driven technologies. It tackles big questions, like how data aggregation undermines personal autonomy, how to measure what privacy is worth, and how society can benefit from big data while taking a clear-eyed view of its costs. Most important, it offers realistic strategies for law, policy, and ethics to keep pace with technology, and practical ways we can regain control over the data about us that is collected, and used every day.

About the Author

April Falcon Doss spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she was the associate general counsel for intelligence law. She also served on Capitol Hill as the senior minority counsel for the Russia investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Doss is a regular commentator on data privacy, cybersecurity, and national security issues. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. April's articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Washington Post, Atlantic, Weekly Standard, Lawfare, and SciTech Lawyer.