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Privacy : Keeping Current

Privacy & Data Security Update (2014) - FTC

An overview of the FTC’s enforcement, policy initiatives, and consumer outreach and business guidance in the areas of privacy and data security, from January 2013-March 2014.

Privacy & Data Security Update (2014). (n.d.). Retrieved August 2, 2014.

Websites to Keep an Eye on

Videos about Privacy

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

Below are some video that talks about privacy in various aspects of out life.

Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

In this short talk, Juan Enriquez looks at the surprisingly permanent effects of digital sharing on our personal privacy. He shares insight from the ancient Greeks to help us deal with our new “digital tattoos.”

 Here's how we take back the Internet

 Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the Internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee. 

Three types of online attack

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data — and only two are considered crimes. "Do we blindly trust any future government? Because any right we give away, we give away for good." (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)

The NSA Responds to Edward Snowden TED Talk

After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did. Appearing by video, NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett answers Anderson’s questions about the balance between security and protecting privacy.

TED: Ideas worth spreading. (n.d.). Retrieved August 3, 2014. 


Key Terms to Know

Confidentiality – exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.

Consumer privacy – Consumer privacy, also known as customer privacy, involves the handling and protection of sensitive personal information that individuals provide in the course of everyday transactions. This involves the exchange or use of data electronically or by any other means, including telephone, fax, written correspondence, and even direct word of mouth

See the glossary attached for more terms.

Recommended Reading

A list of books that will help you understand how important privacy is and it's role in our world today.


Payton, T., Claypoole, T., & Schmidt, H. A. (2014). Privacy in the age of big data: Recognizing threats, defending your rights, and protecting your family.



Angwin, J. (2014). Dragnet nation: A quest for privacy, security, and freedom in a world of relentless surveillance.


Sloan, R. H., & Warner, R. (2014). Unauthorized access: The crisis in online privacy and security.