UIC John Marshall Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law


Robert O’Harrow, Jr., a reporter on the financial and investigative team of the Washington Post, recipient of the 2003 Carnegie Melon and Cyber Security Reporting Award, and Pulitzer Prize finalist, lectures on topics from his recent book, No Place to Hide. He discusses how data mining began as a way for marketing companies to gain information about consumers and, as technology evolved, developed into a way for the government to monitor its citizens. O’Harrow contends that since the government is using private companies to collect this data, it skirts regulation and accountability for privacy infringements. After discussing the problems concerning the data aggregation progression, he offers suggestions on safe-guarding one’s personal autonomy.