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Data Privacy Day at the U

The Privacy Office, in conjunction with UMIT, held its second annual Data Privacy Day on February 6th. It was exciting to see the UM community come together to learn about the importance of privacy in our evolving world. One of the University’s distinguished faculty, Dr. Mary Anne Franks, was the featured speaker and presented “Privacy at the Intersection”; a discussion on how privacy trends and the development of new technologies affect society’s most vulnerable populations. 

Dr. Franks is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami, teaching criminal law and procedure, first amendment law, family law and law, policy and technology. She is the President and Legislative and Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (a non-profit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination.) Additionally, in 2013, she drafted the first model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (“revenge porn”), which has been used as a template for many state laws and pending federal legislation. Dr. Franks regularly advises legislators and tech industry leaders, including Google and Facebook, on issues relating to online privacy, extortion, harassment and threats. Dr. Franks is the author of The Cult of the Constitution: Guns, Speech, and the Internet and has numerous articles appearing in publications such as Time Magazine and the Harvard Law Review. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law as well as a doctorate and master’s degree from Oxford University.

Dr. Franks has delivered more than one hundred lectures to a range of audiences in the U.S. and internationally. It was a pleasure and honor to have Dr. Franks address the University of Miami community for Data Privacy Day.
If you were unable to attend and would like to watch Dr. Franks keynote, please click here to view the recording.