Christopher Hoofnagle

The digital age has destroyed the concept of ownership, and companies are taking advantage of it

Christopher Hoofnagle and Aaron Perzanowki ‘06 paper cited by Quartz, Sept. 28, 2016

When Perzanowski and Hoofnagle’s tested a version of the Media Shop that replaced the “Buy now” button with a “License now” button study participants more accurately understood their rights. Additionally, about half of all shoppers were willing to pay more to acquire a digital copy that explicitly came with traditional ownership rights, such as the right to resell.

Spyware firm tied to iPhone hack has U.S. ties

Chris Hoofnagle quoted by USA Today, August 26, 2016

“We are at this place because of law enforcement frustration with access to data in investigations. And so we are going to continue to see law enforcement agencies, even from legitimate democratic states, buying ‘hacking tools’ so that crimes that occur within their own borders can be investigated,” said Chris Hoofnagle.

You’re being tracked (and tracked and tracked) on the web

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by IEEE Spectrum, August 23, 2016

“It’s not so much that I would invest a lot of confidence in the idea that there were X number of trackers on any given site,” Hoofnagle says of the University of Washington team’s results. “Rather, it’s the trend that’s important.”

Want cheaper Internet access? Hand over your privacy

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2016

“What Comcast is saying is somewhat akin to the water authority offering a discount for less purified water,” Hoofnagle said. “It is time to conceive of broadband as a utility, one that needs to satisfy basic standards for quality, which include freedom from unwarranted surveillance.”

Kanye West may have broken the law by recording Taylor Swift call

Christopher Hoofnagle and Paul Schwartz quoted in The Guardian, July 19, 2016

“California is an ‘all-party consent’ wiretapping state. What that means is, even on things like a conference call, before you record it, you’re supposed to announce to everyone, ‘I’m going to record this call,’” said Chris Hoofnagle. … “There’s civil and criminal liability.”

Paul Schwartz … said Swift could also bring a “tort claim” alleging “public disclosure of private facts.”

Abortion opponents’ creepy new tactic: Invade women’s cellphones

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted in Mother Jones, May 26, 2016

“Privacy law in the U.S. is technology- and context-dependent,” Hoofnagle said. “As an example, the medical information you relay to your physician is very highly protected, but if you go to a medical website and search for ‘HIV’ or ‘abortion,’ that information is not protected at all.”

Anti-choice groups use smartphone surveillance to target ‘abortion-minded women’ during clinic visits

Christopher Hoofnagle interviewed by Rewire, May 25, 2016

“The reality of this stuff is that no one’s asking what marketers will do with their information when they click, ‘I Agree,’ when an app asks if it can use their location,” Hoofnagle said. “If one consents to that tracking, and consents for it to be used for advertising purposes, that’s pretty much the end of the story.”

UC-Berkeley students sue Google, alleging their emails were illegally scanned

Christopher Jay Hoofnagle quoted by The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2016

“Google could use information it gleans from the messages for its own purposes – purposes it does not have to disclose to us,” Hoofnagle said. “In effect, Google could act as an intelligence agency, deeply mining relationships and ideas among groups of people,” such as new inventions students and staff at Berkeley are developing.