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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Toys That Listen: A Study of Parents, Children, and Internet-Connected Toys

The Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington recently conducted a study of toys connected to the Internet to better understand their privacy and security implications. They also sought to understand how parents and children viewed their privacy around these toys.

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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.


Amazon Echo and the Internet of Things that Spy on You

"The core of their argument is the government shouldn’t get to gather the recording of the user’s intellectual activity—their queries to Alexa, the books they purchased, that sort of stuff—without some kind of heightened protection." — Margo Kaminski, Professor of Law, Ohio State University

Margot Kaminski
Popular Science
March 2, 2017

Featured Article

Six Provocations for Big Data

This article challenges the assumption that only large sets of data provide the best information to social scientists.

By: danah boyd, Kate Crawford