Title

A ‘Creepy’ Assignment: Pay Attention to What Strangers Reveal in Public

Document Type

Opinion

Publication Title

The New York Times

Publication Date

3-8-2019

Abstract

(Excerpt)

Concerns about digital privacy — What is Facebook doing with our data? How are advertisers tracking our interests? How can we stop the breaches that put our personal information at risk? — have received much-needed attention in recent months, but there’s another aspect of privacy that should be on our minds, too: Many of us underestimate the ways in which ubiquitous technology like search engines on a smartphone in the hands of a stranger can compromise our privacy in our everyday lives.

I teach information privacy to law students. I gave my class an optional exercise to complete over spring break that illustrated the difference between the privacy we think we have when we’re in public and the privacy we actually have.

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