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At this point, you may be asking yourself whether you have any rights when it comes to privacy online. The answer is complicated. Children under 13 are somewhat protected by COPA (the Child Online Protection Act). Celebrities are somewhat protected because of the value of their images and likenesses. However, everyone else is in murkier territory.

You may also wonder what you can possibly do about protecting data privacy. It’s easy to feel apathetic about this issue, or to think that it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t seem to be affecting your daily life. But if the problems with data security are allowed to go on, they could get much further out of control before anything can be done about them.

Highlights of today’s episode include:

  • How state representatives can help get laws on the books to protect your privacy
  • How independent or non-profit groups could help oversee companies and hold them accountable for their security
  • Organizations that are working to address privacy and data protection issues
  • How attitudes toward data security and privacy mirror attitudes toward climate change or voting
  • How apathy can allow problems with data security to grow
  • What the future may look like if data security issues are not addressed

Links and Resources:

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Privacy Coalition

American Civil Liberties Union

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Federal Trade Commission

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