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.

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. 


There Is No Such Thing as “Public” Data

"The collection, use, and disclosure of our personal information has too often been justified under the auspices of its publicness with little or no scrutiny. The “public information” justification is a simple way to avoid answering hard questions about the privacy interests in data." — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law, Samford University

Woodrow Hartzog
May 19, 2016

Featured Article

Lost in the Cloud

This op-ed raises concerns about storing personal files on the Internet.

By: Jonathan Zittrain