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Brownlee C., Waleski B., Law Journal Press, New York, NY, 2014. 600 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-588521-41-5)
Date Reviewed: Oct 15 2014

Law Journal Press publishes loose-leaf books contained in a binder; Privacy law is one. These are updated about twice a year with replacement pages under a subscription service and are typically available in both paper and electronic format. The basic concept is to have an up-to-date one-volume reference.

Clearly, privacy is a broad concept and editorial discretion is required to decide what to include in Privacy law. The best way to describe the contents is to list the chapters: “The Constitutional Right to Privacy, Privacy Legislation, and Government Access to Personal Information” (chapter 1); “Privacy of Health information” (chapter 2); “Financial Institutions and the Collection of Financial Data: the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and Related Laws and Rules” (chapter 3); “Privacy and Surveillance in the Workplace” (chapter 4); “Privacy Compliance for Multinational Corporations” (chapter 5); “Online and Mobile Privacy” (chapter 6); and “Privacy Concerns in Business Transactions: Mergers, Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Bankruptcies, Liquidations” (chapter 7). An appendix contains a summary of data breach notification laws. There is a comprehensive index.

The chapters are broken down into sections and subsections. Chapter 6 may be of special interest to computer technologists. Its main components begin with an introduction and discuss federal laws and regulations. the “Federal Laws and Regulation” section contains subsections on the Children’s Online Protection Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1996, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the US Safe Web Act of 2006, data breach notification policies, and Department of Commerce privacy initiatives. Continuing with the main components of chapter 6, one finds sections on “Privacy Issues for Internet Service Providers,” “The Federal Trade Commission and the Regulation of Online Privacy,” “State Regulation of Online Privacy,” “Industry Self-Regulation,” “Adoption of Uniform Privacy Standards and Preferences (P3P),” “Social Networking Privacy,” and “Developing an Online Privacy Policy” (with sample clauses). It would take significant space to list all of the subsections under all of the headings. This illustrates the amount of detail available.

The writing style is that of a treatise with numerous footnote references to court decisions, statutes, and relevant materials. While designed for legal professionals, an informed lay reader will be able to comprehend the text. The layout is designed for quick and easy access to the precise information one is seeking. The index contains subtopics under a given word. This is an excellent one-volume reference for business-related privacy legal issues.

Reviewer:  Brad Reid Review #: CR142834 (1501-0042)
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