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

Upcoming Events

IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2015

May 27, 2015, Toronto, ON

Privacy + Security Forum

October 21, 2015, Washington, DC

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

Behind the Buzz of Behavioral Data

Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University, examines the economic value of online behavioral data.

Shane Greenstein


White House Proposes Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Professor Ryan Calo of the University of Washington School of Law says the draft legislation would extend credit-reporting protections to more categories of consumer data, such as that held by advertisers or makers of wearable devices.

M. Ryan Calo
The Wall Street Journal
February 27, 2015