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The Privacy Fallacy: Harm and Power in the Information Economy

With Prof Ignacio Cofone
Date & Time:
17:00 - 18:00,
Wednesday 21 February, 2024
Location:
Seminar room, 1 St Giles

About

Our privacy is besieged by tech companies. Companies can do this because our laws are built on outdated ideas that trap lawmakers, regulators, and courts into wrong assumptions about privacy, resulting in ineffective legal remedies to one of the most pressing concerns of our generation. Drawing on behavioral science, sociology, and economics, Ignacio Cofone challenges existing laws and reform proposals and dispels enduring misconceptions about data-driven interactions. This exploration offers readers a holistic view of why current laws and regulations fail to protect us against corporate digital harms, particularly those created by AI. Cofone then proposes a better response: meaningful accountability for the consequences of corporate data practices, which ultimately entails creating a new type of liability that recognizes the value of privacy.

Ignacio Cofone is the Canada Research Chair of A.I. Law & Data Governance at McGill University Faculty of Law and an Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is currently visiting Magdalen College as the Robert Campbell visiting fellow in law.

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Speaker

Ignacio Cofone

Prof Ignacio Cofone

Canada Research Chair of A.I. Law & Data Governance , McGill University Faculty of Law

Ignacio is the Canada Research Chair of A.I. Law & Data Governance at McGill University, Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project and visiting fellow at Magdalen College