Privacy Foundation

The Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law


FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021


Program Details

Seminar Article Links


Tracking & Data Security in US Privacy Laws, Robert Sprague (PDF)



While Congress battles over various privacy concepts, the states, lead by California, have begun enacting state privacy laws. As in the past, California continues to lead with its recently enacted CCPA. The CCPA is very broad with many controversial provisions, including the interstate reach of its law to all California residents. Virtually all the remaining 49 states have some type of state privacy laws pending and a few have recently passed various privacy laws—Virginia, North Dakota, and Delaware to name a few.

The first half of our Annual Spring Privacy Seminar will focus on the US state laws, including the trends these state laws are developing.

The second have the privacy seminar will focus on EU Privacy developments, including the EU GDPR and its effect on US/Colorado residents. The EU laws are acting as leadership stimulus for our states to follow, given the lack of movement in Congress for a national privacy statute. The scope and depth of the GDPR and CCPA will impact all businesses in the US. The seminar panelists will then compare and contrast the California CCPA and the EU GDPR from the perspective of Colorado practicing attorneys.

CLE Credit Has Been Awarded

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities.  We encourage persons who use wheelchairs to contact Lauri Mlinar at 303-871-6139 for further information




Based at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the Privacy Foundation attracts a worldwide audience of professionals to the Foundation’s research findings as well as public seminars on topical privacy issues.

The Privacy 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 hosts bi-annual seminars for the legal and privacy professional communities.

Artificial Intelligence: Cheat Sheet

A Practical Guide to CCPA Readiness

Your readiness roadmap for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Comparing Privacy Laws: GDPR v. CCPA

CCPA and GDPR Comparison Chart

Inside the lobbying war over California's landmark privacy law

How Unique am I?

How unique are you based on your gender, date of birth and zip code? Professor Dewri of the DU Computer Science Department has a web tool to estimate the numbers for you based on the 2010 USA Census data. The more unique you are, the easier it can be identify you in the digital realm. What is your score?

The Privacy Foundation Team

Professor Emeritus John T. Soma is the executive director of the Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver. After completing his PhD in economics in 1975, Professor 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 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. He has held management positions in IT Audit, Security, and Operations and has been involved in computer forensics and computer crime investigation. He has been a Certified Information Systems Auditor since 1979, holds a Masters in Computer Resource Management and an MBA and serves as senior analyst for the Privacy Foundation.


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