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. 

TAP Blog

Should a Company Need Your Permission Before Scanning Your Face?

TAP scholars Alessandro Acquisti, Anita Allen, and Daniel Solove help examine the privacy issues that arise when someone’s face is recognized and used by more than their family and friends.

TAP Staff Blogger


Opinion: How USA Freedom Is a Victory for American Spy Agencies

Calling patterns "can reveal when we are awake and asleep; our religion, if a person regularly makes no calls on the Sabbath, or makes a large number of calls on Christmas Day; our work habits and our social aptitude; the number of friends we have; and even our civil and political affiliations." — Edward Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Edward Felten
The Christian Science Monitor
June 3, 2015