Privacy Resources

  • The U-M Privacy Office put together a History of Surveillance timeline documenting milestones in surveillance throughout U.S. History.

    Topic(s): Surveillance, U.S. Laws
    Type: Website
  • On January 31, 2024, Dr. Alessandro Acquisti, Trustees Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, and the co-director of the CMU Center for Behavioral Decision Research (CBDR), delivered a presentation on the Economics of Privacy in the context of augmenting economic arguments with non-economic considerations in order to address the broad concept of privacy.

    Topic(s): Ethics, Online Privacy, Privacy Protection
    Type: Presentation
  • 100 Best Data Privacy Books of All Time. Privacy book ratings based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment (Book Authority)

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Ethics, History, International Laws, Online Privacy, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology, U.S. Laws
    Type: Book
  • In the 2022 IT Symposium presentation Putting the Spotlight on Web Privacy, you will see the results of an assessment of the top 50 most visited umich sites, learn how the umich.edu website notice was redesigned, and walk through best practices for protecting and respecting the privacy of those who visit umich websites.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Online Privacy, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology
    Type: Presentation
  • Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information. This 2019 Pew Research Center report finds that majorities think their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and believe it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education
    Type: Article
  • Ask a Chief Privacy Officer, Sol Bermann, former Chief Privacy Officer and current Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Michigan answers questions about the growing need for privacy management, the policies and laws in place to protect our privacy, and how big data has changed the game. EDUCAUSE, July 2019.

    Topic(s): International Laws, Online Privacy, Technology, U.S. Laws
    Type: Video
  • Beyond Privacy: Fairness in How Personal Data is Used in Our New Digital World. The 2022 Privacy@Michigan keynote presentation discusses the origin of Data Privacy Day and how privacy and data protection are different, yet connected, and particularly relevant in our highly technological world. Dr. Zanfir-Fortuna delves into real-life cases highlighting the importance of data protection in automated decision-making and algorithms, and explores the expansion of data protection legislation around the world and across the United States.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, International Laws, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology, U.S. Laws
    Type: Presentation
  • Building Ethics into Privacy Frameworks for Big Data and AI. In this 2018 report, the The United Nations Global Pulse and the International Association of Privacy Professionals explore big data, new technologies, new analytical approaches and the risks to privacy, fairness, equality, and due process.

    Topic(s): Ethics, Learning Analytics, Privacy Professionals, Technology
    Type: Article
  • Choose Privacy Every Day. An American Library Associations project to promote privacy awareness, with resources for librarians and the general public.

    Topic(s): Privacy Protection
    Type: Blog
  • Coded Bias. Automated decision making has the unprecedented power to disseminate bias at scale. The artificial intelligence algorithms that power facial-recognition and decision-making software already often decide who gets hired, who gets health care, who gets home loans, and who gets undue police scrutiny. Coded Bias tells the story of mathematicians and data scientists who are leading the fight for ethical use of these and future technologies. The film starts with the fallout from an MIT Media Lab researcher’s discovery that facial recognition does not identify dark-skinned faces and women's faces accurately, then follows her journey to push for the first legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms.

    Topic(s): Ethics, Technology
    Type: Film