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Jim Harper works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security. Harper was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he recently coedited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It.

He has been cited and quoted by numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. He is the editor of, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains the online federal spending resource

Harper holds a JD from the University of California–Hastings College of Law.

More from Jim Harper


The Stupidity of the American Voter

Orange County Register. November 14, 2014.

Officials Need to Come Clean on NSA Surveillance Activities

Daily Caller. June 6, 2013.

E-Verify Wrong for America

The Hill (Online). May 23, 2013.

Cato Studies

Public Filings

United States v. Wurie

Legal Briefs. April 9, 2014.

Riley v. California

Legal Briefs. March 10, 2014.

In re: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Legal Briefs. August 12, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals