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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.

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Jonathan Zittrain and Jack Balkin Propose Information Fiduciaries to Protect Individual Privacy Rights

In the current digital economy, where consumers’ personal information is gathered, tracked, and used for corporate gain, Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain and Yale professor Jack Balkin question how consumers can trust online services when there are no real guarantees that online platforms will not abuse that trust.

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Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

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Let’s Retire the Phrase ‘Privacy Policy’

"‘Privacy policy’ – People assume it means their information will be kept private. Nothing could be further from the truth." — Joseph Turow, Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
The New York Times
August 20, 2018

Featured Article

Lost in the Cloud

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

By: Jonathan Zittrain