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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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Upcoming Events

Data Privacy Day

Promoting a safer and more trusted Internet

January 28, 2019, All countries

State of the Net 2019

America's Premier Internet Policy Conference

January 29, 2019, Washington, DC

Privacy Roundtable

Presented by The Privacy Law Salon

February 4, 2019, Miami, FL

International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2019

An International Association of Privacy Professionals event

May 2, 2019, Washington, DC

TAP Blog

Professors Hartzog and Richards Insist It’s Time to Try Something Different on Internet Privacy

In an op-ed article written for The Washington Post, Professors Woodrow Hartzog and Neil Richards explain why the current online privacy ecosystem in the U.S. is failing; and, they encourage policymakers to “redefine itself as the country that protects the trust that people give to companies.”

TAP Staff Blogger

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.

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Sharing Data for Deals? More Like Watching It Go With a Sigh

"There are so many aspects of how companies deal with the public that obfuscates what actually goes on and so many attempts to placate people using jargon. I’ve spoken to lawyers who write privacy policies who admit — they admit — that they aren’t written for the public." — Joseph Turow, Professor of Communications, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
The New York Times
December 24, 2018

Featured Article

Lost in the Cloud

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

By: Jonathan Zittrain