Privacy Introduction

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Privacy Introduction

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  1. Privacy Introduction

    Slide 1 - Privacy Introduction

    • Emerson Murphy-Hill
  2. Why do we care about privacy?

    Slide 2 - Why do we care about privacy?

    • Much of what we do in today’s society involves information exchange
    • e.g. government, commerce, healthcare
    • For people to be comfortable and willing to take full advantage of IT services we need to:
    • Safeguard their privacy
    • Let them understand we’re safeguarding their privacy
    • “91% of adults in the survey “agree” or “strongly agree” that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies.”
    • Pew Internet Poll, 2014
  3. Why is privacy important?

    Slide 3 - Why is privacy important?

    • Privacy helps us maintain our:
    • Individuality
    • Autonomy
    • Freedom of choice
    • Anonymity is one form of protection of our privacy
    • Once lost it can seldom be fully recovered
  4. Historical Perspective – Privacy Not New

    Slide 4 - Historical Perspective – Privacy Not New

    • 1890 - “The Right to Privacy”
    • Samuel Warren & Louis Brandeis (Harvard Law Review)
    • Responded to the threats to privacy posed by new technologies
    • photographs and newspapers
    • Unauthorized circulation of portraits of private persons
    • Argued that privacy was, in itself, a right belonging to the individual -- apart from property rights, contract rights, and other considerations.
    • “Right to be let alone”
    • Still not recognized (e.g., telemarketing calls)
    • “Right to be forgotten”