Protect and Respect Privacy

Your Safe Computing Curriculum

What is privacy?

Privacy is about self-determination in the collection and use of personal information. But the level of self-determination and definition of personal information vary based on individual preference, cultural norms, legal requirements, and more. Privacy can be defined as a state of being, a set of shared values, a basic human right, or a collection of laws. Give it some thought to better understand what privacy means to you.

Be aware

Awareness is the first step towards taking meaningful action and effecting lasting change. Nowadays, privacy is a consideration in almost every aspect of our lives. Take the time to find out what others know about you and how they use that information. Stay informed of social and technological developments that may affect your privacy.

Comply with privacy obligations

Respect for privacy is embedded in U-M policies and operations. It is often a legal requirement, always a moral obligation, and, simply, the right thing to do. Understand what privacy responsibilities you have as a U-M community member.

Protect your privacy

Those who store personal information about you have a responsibility to protect it. However, as more personal information is collected and exchanged - and as technology becomes more sophisticated, invasive, and complex - it is becoming more difficult to protect that information. You are responsible for considering your privacy when deciding what information to share and with whom to share it when using technology - from email and social media, to phone apps, ecommerce websites, smart vehicles and appliances, and more.

Journal Notes

Use the space provided below for optional notes or reminders to yourself.