Does privacy matter to you?

Today’s discussion is designed to get you to think about how you share information about yourself online.

We will begin with watching segments of a TED talk by Glenn Greenwald, a journalist. Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.”

Video here:

Next, a “Privacy Matters” quiz for you:

Before answering your questions for reflection, please take this quick privacy quiz to rate your privacy scale:

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Questions for you to discuss:

With a partner, discuss the following questions. Please provide real examples of how these things manifest in your life; simple yes/no answers aren’t good enough to show that you are honestly thinking about these issues. Your individual blog post should reflect your responses to these questions. Leave your responses in the comment field, as we have done in the past. Answers to some of these questions can be found here:

  1. What is Durham Academy’s official policy on posting photos of other students, faculty or the school’s facilities online? Is it against school policy for you to post photos taken at DA through your Instagram or Twitter account?
  2. How would you feel if you knew you were going to interview for a job and the person with whom you were scheduled to talk could access information about you online and view it through a contact lens while they were conducting your interview? Would you look over your online profiles before going to that interview? Would you delete or revise content?
  3. Your laptop is damaged for whatever reason and is not functioning properly. If you bring your laptop to the support office and it is sent away to get fixed, who has the right to view the data (files, photos, music, etc.) on your laptop?
  4. Do you think your government or the law enforcement agencies from a local up to the federal level should be allowed to find out information about you without your permission via web sites you use, your computer or your smart phone? What about DA?
  5. Have you ever reviewed the privacy policy for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or SnapChat or TikTok? Who owns the photos you post to social media? Where are the companies that created those companies geographically based?
  6. Do you run your iCloud account through your DA laptop and use the Messages app on your laptop? Do you think DA has the right to look through the content of your text messages?