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Privacy Online

Why Care About Privacy?

Three Reasons Why Students Should Care about Privacy [Educause article, February, 2017]

  1.  Learning is personal
  2. Creativity requires time to develop and freedom to take risks
  3. It's a fundamental right

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WVC Bio class courtesy of WVC events on Flickr


Some say you should only be concerned about privacy if you have something to hide. In this 5 minute podcast, George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove says those types of arguments misunderstand privacy entirely.

Graphic "If You've Got Nothing to Hide, Youv'e Got Nothing to Fear"

[Jan 24, 2013. 5 min. podcast interview with transcript]

The personal information about you on the Internet can be used against you in many ways, including:

  • KQED Special Report: Ransomware [June 23, 2017, 27 min.]

From the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 12.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

TED Talk: Glenn Greenwald


screenshot of Glenn Greenwald at TED

[October 2014, 20 min.]