Primary Mission/Objective of the Privacy Foundation:
The Privacy Foundation, based at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, attracts a worldwide audience of professionals to the research findings published on its Internet web site, http://www.privacyfoundation.org, as well as public seminars on topical privacy issues.
The Foundation conducts research and educates both practitioners of the legal profession and the general public about technologies that affect personal privacy when improperly implemented. Wireless, digital television, satellite, biometric, and Internet technologies enhance the possible tracking of individuals in ways never before imaginable. The Privacy Foundation was formed to research the privacy and security implications of this highly networked world. In researching new technologies – and in describing their business, legal and societal implications – the Foundation serves to identify possible threats to individual privacy. The Foundation also assists media outlets in their efforts to accurately inform and educate the public concerning the ever-present tension between privacy and security. The target audience includes members of the business community, public policy members, academic scholars, privacy advocates, and attorneys.
In pursuit of this mission, the Privacy Foundation engages in a number of activities. The Foundation hosts bi-annual seminars for the legal and privacy professional communities.
Recent seminar topics include:
- 3/20/2009 Privacy From The Judicial Perspective
- 10/30/2009 Is HIPPA Privacy The Elephant In The Room? Legal Implications of Internet Behavorial Advertising
- 3/18/2011 Legal Ethics & Privacy In Cloud Computing
- 11/4/2011 Privacy Breaches
- 11/7/2012 Careers In Privacy Info Luncheon
- 10/25/2013 Big Data Privacy: Business & Government
- 1/29/2014 Hot Privacy Law Topics: Careers in Privacy Law
- 4/4/2014 HIPAA Privacy: Current Developments
- 4/3/2015 Privacy Law & Data Brokers
- 11/6/2015 Privacy Breaches
- 1/26/2016 Hot Privacy Law Topics: Careers in Privacy Law
- 4/28/2017 Privacy / AI Interface
John T. Soma is the Executive Director of the University of Denver Privacy Foundation. After completing his PhD in economics in 1975, Soma served from 1976 to 1979 as trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C., where he was primarily assigned to the Department of Justice trial team in the U.S. v. IBM litigation. In 1979, he joined the University of Denver Sturm College of Law faculty. In addition to six books on computer law, Professor Soma has authored more than 40 professional articles in the computer law and privacy area.
Bob Voorhees began working with computers in 1967 and has held management positions in IT Audit, Security, and Operations. He has been involved in computer forensics and computer crime investigation. He has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor since 1979 and holds a Masters in Computer Resource Management and an MBA.
Jessica Hogan, Director of Educational Technology, Sturm College of Law.
Ryan Allen handles all administrative functions for the Privacy Foundation. He also coordinates all of the Privacy Seminars including managing the mailing lists, reserving rooms and hotels accommodations, and all accounting functions.