Take charge of your privacy & identity

This information was sent via email to all faculty and staff on all U-M campuses, January 25, 2018.

Hello U-M faculty and staff,

While it sometimes may not seem like it, there are a number of things you can do to protect your privacy and identity. In addition, as we move into tax season, we encourage you to take steps to thwart identity thieves who are looking for information they can use to steal your tax refund.

Take Action

  1. Learn to recognize phishing
    Learn to identity the clues in emails and on websites that indicate your identity information is at risk.
    Resources: Tax Fraud, Phishing & Suspicious Email, Don't Fall for Phish! Game, and Identity Theft
  2. Turn on two-factor for Weblogin
    This is the single, most important thing you can do to protect your direct deposit information and W-2 in Wolverine Access, as well as your information in Google at U-M, Box at U-M, Canvas, and more.
    Resources: Turn on Two-Factor for Weblogin and Video: Your Password Needs a Partner (1:49)
  3. Choose privacy
    Choose the privacy settings and options you want rather than just accepting the automatic settings on your devices, in your apps, or in services you use.
    Resource: Protect Your Privacy

Participate in Privacy Events

This Sunday, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, an international "holiday" to educate people and raise awareness about respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Take advantage of opportunities at U-M to learn more and engage with others.

  • Privacy@Michigan. Tuesday, January 30, at North Quad, UM-Ann Arbor. A half day of panel discussions featuring U-M faculty and a poster session showcasing work by students and faculty.
  • Privacy, Reputation, and Identity in a Digital Age Teach-Out. This online U-M teach-out begins January 29. Hear from experts through videos and readings and engage in conversations about real-world scenarios across multiple topic areas.

Privacy is a cornerstone of our personal and civil liberties, and it supports the intellectual and academic freedom we enjoy at U-M. Learn more about privacy at U-M in the Privacy section of Safe Computing and in this video: Privacy - We Are Our Choices (2:21).


Sol Bermann
University Privacy Officer
Interim Chief Information Security Officer

Date Sent: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018