Privacy and confidentiality, especially in the digital arena
The full text of these articles may be limited to Alaska residents. If you are an Alaska resident and cannot access the full text of an article here, please contact us at the Alaska State Library.
This list focuses on US-focused organizations. Several of these organizations advocate for privacy rights, but they also include helpful information for those who want to protect their own and others' information.
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Notice the https:// in their URL. This helps protect your metadata when you visit the site. This site provides a wealth of information on best practices.
- Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF)
Notice, even their main site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, as you can see from their URL, which begins with https://. This helps protect information about your visit to the site.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center
A joint project of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Privacy International.
- Future of Privacy
Geared more towards people with a strong interest in privacy, this is a community with a more theoretical and academic focus, although practical information is included.
- Center for Democracy and Technology
Research, analysis, and news on current policy situations and trends. Covers several topics related to privacy, including consumer privacy, health privacy, and surveillance.
From the American Civil Liberties Association, this site is strongly focused on advocacy, but it also includes helpful information and privacy news.
- World Privacy Forum
Despite the name, this organization appears to be focused on privacy in the US.
- Privacy in the Age of the Smartphone
Highlights where the risks are with smartphones, who's exploiting those risks, and, more importantly, what you can do about it. Tips include: Never leave your smartphone unattended; Use Wi-Fi networks cautiously and turn Bluetooth off when not in use; Disable photo geotagging on your phone; Research apps before you download them; and more.
- That's no phone. That's my tracker
Article by Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan, co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times, July 13, 2012.
- Cloud Computing
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) provides news, background information, issues information, case studies, and more. As the name implies, EPIC is focused on privacy rights, but it's not all doom and gloom. They also highlight where companies are successfully protecting their users.
ProPublica provides a wealth of information about the status of information, and how government and corporations alike are accessing and using your data.
- Lifehacker privacy information
Lifehacker provides tips and tricks to make daily living easier, especially using technology. They often post privacy related tips and information how current privacy related events can affect you.
- Medical Identity Theft, Mapped by City
"This World Privacy Forum interactive map highlights the location of all medical ID theft complaints collected from 2008- Feb. 12, 2009 by the Federal Trade Commission."
- Employer use of Facebook and online social networks to discriminate against applicants for employment and employees: an analysis balancing the risks of having a Facebook account and the need for protective legislation
Article by James Delaney, published in the Labor Law Journal, Summer 2013, v. 64, n.2, p. 86-102, accessed through Business Source Premier. What you post online may come back to haunt you in current or potential jobs.
Freya Anderson, Head of Information Services
Subjects:election law and procedures
, political science
, public policy
, computer science
, labor relations
, labor and industry development
, vocational rehabilitation