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 lesson plans and materials that they can use to bring privacy education to their classrooms.
Ten Principles for Online Privacy
Recent Blog Posts
A recent column in Scientific American explains how trading supposedly "anonymized" data about patients' health history and prescription purchases has become a multibillion-dollar business: How Data Brokers Make Money Off Your Medical Records And an article in Ad Age...read more
Come join us this Saturday, April 16, at the University of California, Berkeley, at the annual "Cal Day" campus-wide open house! The Teaching Privacy team will be hosting an interactive lab from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in 380 Soda Hall. Come find out what the Internet knows...read more
Recently, the "Most Used Words" Facebook quiz has been gaining popularity with over sixteen million users across the globe. However, a majority of these users are unaware that playing the quiz discloses personal data about themselves to a company called Vonvon....read more
What Is This Project?
Teaching Privacy aims to empower K-12 students and college undergrads in making informed choices about privacy, through hands-on educational tools and other classroom materials.
Who's Behind This?
We are a cross-disciplinary group of computer scientists, educators, and social scientists at the International Computer Science Institute and the University of California-Berkeley.