Welcome to Teaching Privacy


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The growing use of social-networking sites like Facebook and YouTube, along with technical advances in data-retrieval techniques, are providing new opportunities to make use of people’s personal information–and those opportunities are equally available for both ethical and unethical uses.

This website provides information about the various threats to online privacy and how Internet users can make better decisions about their privacy. We also provide educators with materials that they can use to bring privacy education to their classrooms.

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Recent Blog Posts

What Does That Thumb’s-Up Icon Reveal?

What can a computer figure out about a human? Not just where you are and how you spend your money, but what kind of person you are. One intriguing study last year showed correlations between what people Liked on Facebook and various demographic factors, personal... read more

Why You Can’t Assume Anonymity

A (relatively) new tracking technique called canvas fingerprinting allows websites and services to uniquely identify people’s devices by including a hidden image on web pages. It can get around most of the common methods and tools people use to keep their activities... read more

Who's Behind This?

We are a cross-disciplinary research group composed of computer scientists, educators, and social scientists at the International Computer Science Institute and the University of California-Berkeley.

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