It is important to maintain an appropriate balance between what you disclose online about yourself and what you keep private. These resources can help you learn more about the value of your privacy and how you can maintain the level of privacy important to you.
Tools for Managing Your Online Privacy
- Bank Privacy. A resource to look up and compare how well different banks protect customer privacy.
- The Cloak. Free, anonymous web surfing
- Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud. Electronic Frontier Foundation recommendations for protecting your privacy while traveling outside the U.S.
- DuckDuckGo. A search engine that emphasizes the searcher's privacy.
- Federal Trade Commission. Register for the federal Do Not Call list, report identity theft, get a free credit report, file a consumer complaint, and more. The Privacy & Identity page contains resources about limiting unwanted calls and emails, computer security, repairing identity theft, and more.
- Firefox Private Browsing. Browse the web without saving information about the sites you visit.
- Google: Browse in private (incognito mode)
- Keeping your secrets safe on Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix (Kim Komando, 11/12/2016)
- Google Safety Center
- Manage your Google account access and security settings. Google's security settings instructions.
- Microsoft: InPrivate Browsing
- PrivacyTools.iso. A site filled with tools and tips to help manage your online privacy.
- Privacy Lab. A collection of online privacy tips, tools, and resource, from the San Jose Public Library.
- StaySafeOnline: Check Your Privacy Settings. Provides direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.
- VPN - What, How & Why. Explains what a VPN is and how it works.
- Web Browser Security and Privacy Settings. Recommended settings for secure and private web browsing.
Privacy Awareness Materials
- Choose Privacy Week. The American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole. The site also features continual updates throughout the year.
- EDUCAUSE Data Privacy Day Resources. Each year on Data Privacy Day, January 28, EDUCAUSE provides educational resources about data privacy.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center. Information on privacy topics such as cloud computing, internet privacy, social networks, online databases, and more.
- Introducing: The Privacy Paradox. An introduction to Note To Self's project aimed at increasing privacy awareness and helping people take back their privacy.
- Privacy Paradox: What's Your Privacy Personality? A short quiz to help you understand what your attitude toward online privacy really is.
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Information to help consumers protect their privacy.
- StaySafeOnline. Information from the National Cyber Security Alliance for individuals, teachers, and businesses about how to use the Internet safely and securely.
- Stop | Think | Connect. A global cybersecurity awareness campaign supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, and the U.S. Government.
- Teach Privacy - Privacy Resources. Materials for teaching privacy awareness.
- Teaching Privacy. A site filled with information on teaching privacy awareness, including ten principals for online privacy.
- Virtual Privacy Lab. Tools and resources for learning about, and improving, your online privacy.
- Watching You, Watching Me. Radiolab looks at whether being watched is a good thing, or a bad thing.
Social Media Privacy
- 5 ways to lock down your Facebook account for maximum security (Kim Komando, 6/23/16)
- Facebook is watching and tracking you more than you realize (Kim Komando, 3/12/16)
- Facebook Privacy Basics
- Protecting Your Social Privacy (U-M Social Media Blog)
- Security and Privacy in the U-M Google Environment
- U-M Social Media
- U-M VOICES of the Staff: Guidelines for the Use of Social Media (PDF)
Analysis and Policy
- Center for Democracy & Technology. The center supports laws, corporate policies, and technology tools that protect the privacy of internet users.
- Pew Research Center: Internet, Science, and Tech. A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Includes reports such as these: Privacy and Cybersecurity: Key findings from Pew Research (January 2015), and Americans' Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance (May 2015).
- Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America (October 2016). Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology's look at the unregulated use of facial recognition technologies by policing agencies in the United States.
Privacy Trends 2016. Report from Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY).
- NOTHING TO HIDE (October 2016). An independent documentary dealing with surveillance and its acceptance by the general public through the "I have nothing to hide" argument. (1 hour 26 minutes) Creative Commons release
- Communications Surveillance (May 2015). A four-minute video providing a high level overview of communications surveillance from Privacy International.
- A Conversation on Privacy (Mar 2016). A moderated discussion of privacy with MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald, moderated by Nuala O'Conner, president and CEO of the Center of for Democracy and Technology.
- The Future of Internet Privacy (May 2013). The future of privacy in a world with expanding digital footprints.
- Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here? (July 2013). A PBS Digital Studios video discussing the history and evolution of online privacy concerns. (8 minutes)
- The Power of Privacy. Half-hour documentary film from IAPP Videos.
- Privacy, Big Data & The Law (October 2015). UC Santa Cruz Datalex opening address by Jim Dempsey, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, dicussing how to move from conundrums to solutions.
- Why Privacy Matters (October 2014). TED Talk by Glenn Greenwald describing why you should care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide." (20 minutes)
- What Will a Future Without Secrets Look Like? (October 2013). TED Talk by Alessandro Acquisti discussing the usage of online data, and what it means for our privacy.
Articles and Presentations
- Bits Special Section: Security & Privacy (October 2015). Special section of The New York Times on security and privacy.
- Free to Be You and Me: Autonomy Privacy in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review, January 2017). U-M Privacy Officer Sol Bermann on the importance universities leading on autonomy privacy and in the fight against a surveillance society.
- From ancient to modern: The changing face of personal data (IAPP Privacy Perspectives, April 1027). A look at privacy from ancient to modern times by Cherri-Ann Beckles.
- Passcode: Modern field guide to security and privacy. Subscribe to this email newsletter from The Christian Science Monitor or just check it out on the web.
- Privacy in the Age of Big Data (Leadership Exchange, Summer 2015). Sol Bermann of IIA describes some of the privacy challenges that colleges and universities face with regard to "big data," and offers best practices.
- Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now (NPR, January 30, 2017). NPR story about the Privacy Paradox Project, a project to help people think about their online privacy.
- Your Evolving Digital Life: Privacy in a Connected World (EDUCAUSE Review, October 20, 2015). Sol Bermann of IIA asks, "Is privacy possible in a hyperconnected, interdependent, Internet of things world?"
For Privacy Professionals
- The Higher Education CPO Primer, Part 1: A Welcome Kit for Chief Privacy Officers in Higher Education. The Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers Working Group has created this resource to serve as a welcome kit for CPOs in higher education. Part One focuses on an overview, introductory body of knowledge, and helping new CPOs understand their unique roll and its challenges.
- Intro-Level Privacy Books. Reading recommendations from IAPP Privacy List subscribers to help people new to the privacy profession.
- Privacy + Security Books. Selection of non-fiction books about privacy and security from the Privacy + Security Forum.