Privacy Resources

  • The Higher Education CPO Primer (EDUCAUSE) This welcome and how-to kit was developed for chief privacy officers in higher education and was updated in 2023.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Professionals
    Type: Course
  • The Privacy Divide. A section of the web materials from Fast Company dedicated to stories about privacy.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Article
  • The Privacy Project from The New York Times. Analysis, education and advice on protecting your privacy.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Article
  • The Right to Privacy — an article published in the 1890 Harvard Law Review. Written primarily by Justice Louis Brandeis (but credited to both Brandeis and Samuel Warren), it is one of the most influential essays in American legal history and is considered the first publication in the U.S. to argue for a right to privacy.

    Topic(s): History, Privacy Professionals, U.S. Laws
    Type: Article
  • The Social Dilemma. This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

    Topic(s): Online Privacy, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Film
  • In July 2022, The Chronicle of Higher Education hosted a virtual forum on The Student-Data Challenge: Sharing and Security. The 75-minute session focused on the importance of privacy protections in an increasingly tech-driven world. Panelists, including University of Michigan Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, Ravi Pendse, explored what these protections look like in practice, along with students’ perceptions of their data privacy and ways that colleges can be more transparent in how they use, store and protect data.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Professionals, Privacy Protection, Technology
    Type: Video
  • Three Student Privacy Conversation Starters. Higher education’s increasingly complex technology and data landscape has brought student privacy issues to the front pages of national publications. Yet, engaging students in conversations about privacy remains elusive. In this session, we will discuss three ways the University of Michigan has sought to raise students’ privacy awareness and empowerment. Hear an administrator's and a student’s perspective on how these three efforts started and evolved.

    Presentation at the Arizona State University Digital Trust Summit by Svetla Sytch and Julia Silverman. June 2021.

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education
    Type: Video
  • Understanding Data Privacy Issues in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE 2018). Institutions that understand the nuance of the varied data privacy issues existing in the higher education environment will be well prepared to address them.

    Topic(s): Privacy Professionals
    Type: Article
  • Vanishing Liberties: The Rise of State Surveillance in the Digital Age. This video from the American Library Association (ALA) "Choose Privacy Week" 2012 explores state surveillance in the United States.

    Topic(s): History, Surveillance
    Type: Video
  • Why Privacy Matters by Glenn Greenwald: In this talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide."

    Topic(s): Awareness and Education, Privacy Protection, Surveillance, Technology
    Type: Video