Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

TAP Blog

There Is No Such Thing as “Public” Data

Privacy law professor Woodrow Hartzog, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, states, “It’s time to abandon the misguided notion that public information is fair game.”

Woodrow Hartzog

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September 22, 2016, Washington, DC

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September 28, 2016, Atlanta, GA

Fact Sheets

Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 


Frequent Password Changes Are the Enemy of Security, FTC Technologist Says

"The UNC [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] researchers said if people have to change their passwords every 90 days, they tend to use a pattern and they do what we call a transformation. They take their old passwords, they change it in some small way, and they come up with a new password." — Lorrie Cranor, Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Ars Technica
August 2, 2016

Featured Article

Why the Right to Data Portability Likely Reduces Consumer Welfare: Antitrust and Privacy Critique

This article analyzes the potential weaknesses of the European Union’s potential new right to data portability.

By: Peter Swire, Yianni Lagos