2018 Book Tour

Habeas Data chronicles the evolution of surveillance law in America over the last 50 years and argues that current law is insufficient for modern technology.

It is scheduled for release by Melville House on May 8, 2018.

Preorder from your favorite local bookstore, Laurel Books, or Amazon.


“Farivar’s work is essential, smart and cogent.”
Cory Doctorow, co-editor, Boing Boing

Habeas Data should be required reading for all public officials who want to better understand the near-future of privacy and surveillance.”
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, California

“A great book. Cyrus Farivar shows that the government, at all levels, needs to be more forthright about what kind of surveillance is used on all of us. The law desperately needs to catch up.”
Ted Lieu, U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district

“Cyrus Farivar pulls back the curtain on how the government has transformed everyday technologies into surveillance machines, and public and private places into surveillance traps—part deep-dive into how everything from your smartphone to your home can be used as a surveillance tool, and part crash-course in the court cases that both help and fail to constrain the government’s most privacy-invasive activities.”
— Robyn Greene, policy counsel, Open Technology Institute at New America 

“Essential reading for anyone concerned with how technology has overrun privacy.”
Mitch Kapor, co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation

“A powerful book that looks at how two invisible forces—law and technology—combine to change the world we live in and the future that is available to us.”
Matt Mitchell, founder, CryptoHarlem


In 2018, Cyrus will be doing public readings and talks at various locations around the United States.

To invite him to speak at your university or group, please email: cfarivar@cfarivar.org.

April 9 – Davis UC Davis School of Law – 12pm

April 12MilwaukeeMarquette University Law School at Eckstein Hall – 12:15pm

April 19 – AnnapolisUS Naval Academy Center for Cyber Security Studies – Time TBD

April 26 – Rohnert ParkSonoma State University, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Public Policy, Salazar 2013 – 1pm

May 8 – OaklandLaurel Books – 7pm (Launch Party!)

May 9 – Seattle – UW Law School Tech Policy Lab (RSVP to Hannah Almeter: halmeter@uw.edu)

William H. Gates Hall – 12:30pm

UW Law happy hour at location TBD – 5:30pm

May 11 – AthertonIn Deep Radio at Menlo College – 12pm

May 12 – San FranciscoWriters With Drinks at Make Out Room– 7:30pm

May 14 – Palo AltoStanford Law School – 12:50pm

May 14 – Santa ClaraSCU School of Law at Lucas Hall, Room 126 (Forbes Room) – 7pm

May 17 – San FranciscoUC Hastings at LexLab at 200 McCallister – 6pm

May 20 – Los AngelesSkylight Books – 5pm

May 22 – Santa MonicaDiesel – 6:30pm

May 30 – BerkeleyPegasus Books – 7:30pm

June 11 – Washington, DCR Street Institute – 5pm

June 12 – Baltimore The Ivy Bookshop – 7pm

June 13 – OaklandArs Technica Live at Eli’s Mile High Club – 7pm