Privacy Activity

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Data are everywhere. You are ‘giving off data’ and providing data to others all the time. Sometimes this data can be directly linked to you as an individual; sometimes not.

Prepare a 3-5 minute presentation for the class that includes answers to the following:

  1. Names of everyone in your group
  2. The scenario you were assigned
  3. In your scenario, did the people have the right to use the information they did or should it have been private? Why?
  4. Are the people who were affected by the use of this information at fault? Why?
  5. Give another example of something unexpected happening because of information shared at sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogs.
  6. Think about what data you’ve made available in different places/spaces such as Facebook, Twitter, texting, Netflix, email, at the grocery store, etc. What might other people think about who you are based on these data? Is it an accurate impression of who you are?
  7. Consider each of the following broad categories of societal change:
    • Privacy
    • Safety
    • Globalization
    • Connectivity (keeping in touch with people)
    • Permanence of historical information

Discuss whether availability of data has had a positive or negative impact on each aspect of society and, if negative, how these consequences can be minimized.

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