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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

CITP Seminar: Diag Davenport – Human Bias and Social Algorithms

Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy

January 31, 2023, Princeton, NJ

Privacy Nicks: How the Law Normalizes Surveillance, Woodrow Hartzog

Hosted by Yale Internet Society Project

February 7, 2023, New Haven, CT

BCLT Annual Privacy Law Forum

Hosted by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology

March 8, 2023,  

CITP Distinguished Lecture Series: Lorrie Cranor – Designing Usable and Useful Privacy Choice Interfaces

Hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy

March 30, 2023, Princeton, NJ

TAP Blog

Privacy Experts Neil Richards and Danielle Citron Talk About Why Privacy Matters

In a UVA Common Law podcast, privacy law expert Neil Richards, law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, joins University of Virginia law professor Danielle Citron to discuss how privacy regulation could ensure that information cannot be used to gain control and influence others.

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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. 

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California Passes Bill Aimed at Making the Internet Safer for Kids

“The bill's [California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (AB 2273)] requirements that platforms seek to assess users’ ages to offer them appropriate content, while well intentioned, could be overly intrusive and undermine efforts to provide these users more privacy.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
CNBC
August 30, 2022

Featured Article

“It’s a scavenger hunt”: Usability of Websites’ Opt-Out and Data Deletion Choices

Privacy laws require websites to offer consumers options such as the choice to opt out of advertising or to delete account data. On many sites, these options are poorly labelled and hard to find.

By: Alessandro Acquisti, Florian Schaub, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Hana Habib, Jiamin Wang, Norman Sadeh, Sarah Pearman, Yixin Zou