Is there such a thing as online privacy? 7 essential reads


Over the course of 2017, people in the U.S. and around the world became increasingly concerned about how their digital data are transmitted, stored and analyzed. As news broke that every Yahoo email account had been compromised, as well as the financial information of nearly every adult in the U.S., the true scale of how much data private companies have about people became clearer than ever.

This, of course, brings them enormous profits, but comes with significant social and individual risks. Many scholars are researching aspects of this issue, both describing the problem in greater detail and identifying ways people can reclaim power over the data their lives and online activity generate. Here we spotlight seven examples from our 2017 archives.

1. The government doesn’t think much of user privacy
2. Neither do software designers
3. People care, but struggle to find information
4. Boosting comprehension
5. Programmers could help, too
6. So could a new way of thinking about it
7. The real basis of all privacy is strong encryption

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