Privacy Resources

  • 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
  • The Feeling of Being Watched. In April 2022, Dissonance, ITS and the Wallace House hosted a virtual screening of the Feeling of Being Watched, followed by a conversation with the film director, Assia Boundaoui. The conversation was facilitated by Wallace House Director Lynette Clemetson, and joined by Roya Ensafi and Tanisha Afnan. Visit the event page on Safe Computing to find out more and watch the recording.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, History, Surveillance, U.S. Laws
    Type: Film
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Data Privacy Day 2021 Outreach: Six Words about Privacy. Boiling thoughts down to six words highlights what people consider to be the most important dimensions of a topic. On Data Privacy Day 2021, we look into the topic of privacy through the lens of the University of Michigan's Six Words about Privacy project. EDUCAUSE, January 2021.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education
    Type: Article
  • Digital Contact Tracing for Pandemic Response: Ethics and Governance Guidance. A team of experts from Johns Hopkins University and other world-renowned institutions has crafted clear and detailed guidelines to help manage the creation, implementation, and application of digital contact tracing. Edited by Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, and Johns Hopkins Project on Ethics and Governance of Digital Contact Tracing Technologies, 2020.

    Topic(s): Ethics, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Book