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Cyber Privacy

By April Doss


April Falcon Doss, a cybersecurity and privacy expert with experience working for the NSA and the US government, explores the most common types of data being collected about individuals today and delve into how it is being used—sometimes against us—by the private sector, the government, and even our employers and schools.

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ISBN: 9781948836920

Publication Date: November 2020

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“Chilling, eye-opening, and timely, Cyber Privacy makes a strong case for the urgent need to reform the laws and policies that protect our personal data. If your reaction to that statement is to shrug your shoulders, think again. As April Falcon Doss expertly explains, data tracking is a real problem that affects every single one of us on a daily basis.”
—General Michael V. Hayden, USAF, Ret., former Director of CIA and NSA, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, founder of the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security

“An excellent job of walking the reader through the crucial elements of privacy concerns… I highly recommend this book.”
The International Association of Privacy Professionals



Your personal data is being tracked at all times, across multiple platforms. If that makes you uneasy, it should.

We live in an era of unprecedented data aggregation. No matter where we live or what demographic groups we fall into, someone is collecting our data: to profile, target, and assess us; to predict our behavior and analyze our attitudes; to influence the things we do and buy—even to impact our vote. Employers, schools, and governments have access to unprecedented volumes of data, and exquisitely detailed user profiles are being amassed by major brands.

You shouldn’t have to be a privacy expert to understand what happens to your data.

Technology is evolving quickly, while the laws and policies meant to protect us are not. It’s time to rethink notions of privacy and what, if anything, limits the power of those who are constantly watching, listening, learning about, and influencing us.

And that’s where Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care comes in. April Falcon Doss, a cybersecurity and privacy expert and former national security lawyer, has seen this imbalance in action.

Cyber Privacy demystifies data-driven technologies. It tackles big questions, like how data aggregation undermines personal autonomy, how to measure what privacy is worth, and how society can benefit from big data while taking a clear-eyed view of its costs. Most important, it offers realistic strategies for law, policy, and ethics to keep pace with technology, and practical ways we can regain control over the data about us that is collected, and used every day.


A 2021 Silver Gavel Awards finalist and a 2020 Foreword Indies Book Award finalist in Science & Technology


April Falcon Doss has written the most sweeping, revealing, and understandable book about privacy and our digital lives . . . A must-read.”
Glenn Gerstell, senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former general counsel, National Security  Agency

This book is indispensable reading for anyone even vaguely concerned about privacy in a digital age.”
—Laura K. Donohue, professor of law and director, Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown Law

In her new book Cyber Privacy, April Falcon Doss—the nation’s leading expert on this subject—not only tells why that is so, but in a clear and engaging way arms us with strategies to protect ourselves,  our loved ones, and the nation itself from life-threatening assaults on our privacy. This book is a must-read.”
Michael Greenberger, professor, University of Maryland Carey Law School and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland

A fantastically broad and uncompromisingly detailed tour through the world of data privacy.”
Matt Tait, independent cybersecurity expert, formerly at GCHQ and Google Project Zero, and former senior cybersecurity fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin

A brilliantly written tour de force on privacy in the 21st century . . . Written in a straightforward style that takes no side, Doss delivers an enduring and useful framework.”
Chris Inglis, deputy director, NSA, 2006–2014

“April Falcon Doss uses her multi-sector experience to make privacy accessible to all. Anyone who cares about maintaining a grip on their personal information—or at least being informed about what’s happening with it—should read this book.
Nina Jankowicz, author of How to Lose the Information War

“April Falcon Doss has written a book that is unique in scope, well researched, clearly written, and a must-read for consumers, policy makers, privacy advocates, and concerned citizens.”
David C. Shonka, former acting general counsel, Federal Trade Commission, and privacy partner at Redgrave LLP

“Cyber Privacy provides laymen and experts alike with a rich understanding of the laws and technology that shape our ability to control who accesses our personal information and what they do with it . . . [Doss] presents complex issues in an accessible and entertaining format.”
Jeff Kosseff, author, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet

“This very readable explanation of the major topics, players, and issues—current and future—is an essential guidebook.”
Rick Ledgett, former deputy director, NSA

April Falcon Doss thoughtfully, expertly and critically informs and navigates the reader across an amazing number of privacy invasion scenarios to an extent not seen in previous publications.”
William H. Murphy, Jr., former judge and prominent civil rights attorney

“In this book, Doss turns twenty years of perspective and experience into a Cyber Privacy road map to guide those looking to understand how data came to rule our world and where we go from here.”
Susan Hennessey, author of Unmaking the Presidency

“A masterful job.”
Laura Rosenberger, director of the Alliance For Securing Democracy

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About the Author

April  Doss

April Doss leads the cybersecurity and privacy practice of a major U.S. law firm. Prior to that, she spent over a decade at the National Security Agency, where she was the Associate General Counsel for Intelligence law, and served on Capitol Hill as the Senior Minority Counsel for the Russia Investigation in the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. April is a regular commentator on data privacy, cybersecurity, and national security issues. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. April’s articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, Lawfare, and SciTech Lawyer. You can follow her on Twitter @AprilFDoss. 

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Publication Details

Format: Signed Copy

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 2 lbs.

Format: E-book (epub)

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9781948836920

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 2 lbs.

Publication Date: November 2020

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