ALI to Commence Restatement Project

The Bureau of National Affairs

Reproduced with permission from Electronic Commerce & Law Report,  18 ECLR 684 (Apr. 13, 2013). Copyright 2013 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

Reproduced with permission from Privacy & Security Law Report, 12 PVLR 602 (Apr. 8. 2013). Copyright 2013 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

The American Law Institute has tapped two well-known privacy law specialists to lead a new project designed to compile information privacy law principles into a single volume, the Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles. Prof. Paul M. Schwartz of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, in Berkeley, Calif., and Prof. Daniel Solove of the George Washington University Law School, in Washington, have agreed to lead the project.

told BNA that the project is designed to bring clarity to a body of common law that has become a bewildering array of conflicting and overwhelming rules. Schwartz said that he and Solove will attempt to draft a volume that “is concrete enough to be explanatory but with abstract enough [principles] that we'd be good for ten to 15 years.”

Shannon Duffy, director of communications at
ALI, told BNA that by the time the group meets in the fall it will have come up with an initial draft of at least some portion of the overall project. Duffy said the project team will be a balanced group of about 35 to 40 privacy experts from academia, the courts, and industry. ALI's website for this project is available under “Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles” at