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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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Lost in the Cloud

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

By: Jonathan Zittrain

Fact Sheets

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.

TAP Blog

Preparing to Debate NSA Surveillance and Online Commercial Tracking

Professor Peter Swire, Georgia Tech, lays the groundwork for his upcoming debate on the NSA surveillance programs and online tracking efforts. Professor Swire will be examining these topics with Stanford lawyer and technologist Jonathan Mayer at next month’s IAPP Global Privacy Summit.

Peter Swire

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How an Algorithm Is Taught to Be Prejudiced

University of Maryland law professor Frank Pasquale is interviewed about his new book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. Professor Pasquale discusses a growing concern that algorithms used in computer programs (search engines are a prime example) are learning stereotypes, and therefore abetting data discrimination.

Frank Pasquale
National Public Radio’s Marketplace
February 3, 2015