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Lawrence Cappello is an Assistant Professor of U.S. Legal and Constitutional History at the University of Alabama and a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US & CIPM). He received his PhD from the City University of New York.

He is the author of None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age (University of Chicago Press). His work on the right to privacy has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Hill, Vice News, and The Economist.

He consults for public and private organizations nationwide regarding privacy program management, data regulation compliance, and best practices.

None of Your Damn Business

“This book is a must-read for legislators, policymakers, and anyone curious about the ways their privacy could potentially be compromised by the government, the media, or data brokers.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Thoroughly researched and deftly told, None of Your Damn Business is a history of privacy written for and about Wall Street and Main Street, government and the courts, intelligence operatives and digital entrepreneurs, current and future citizens. It deserves our full attention.” — David Nasaw, NY Times best-selling author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

“Privacy, or the intimate politics of power, is becoming more important with each day. If there is no privacy, there can be no resistance and thus no social progress. In this fine book, Cappello makes a lucid case for why we need what Justice Louis Brandeis called ‘the right to be left alone.’” — Christian Parenti, author of Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder

Lawrence Cappello PhD, CIPP/US, CIPM