Lesson 7: Is privacy dead?


  1. Introduce students to the concept of privacy, by asking them what privacy concerns they might have when it comes to their online information.
  2. What are some common beliefs that make students feel that privacy is not relevant to them?


Explore the beliefs about privacy in this article. Do you feel like you carry some of these pre-existing beliefs as well?

Attribution: Me and my Shadow. (2016, October 19). Tracking…so what? 7 things we know you’re going to say. https://myshadow.org/tracking-so-what 


Read the following two articles from the Me and My Shadow project:

  1. Location Tracking
  2. Browser Tracking

Activity 1.

Explore the video from the Privacy project.

Attribution: Silent Circle. (2015, January 27). #PrivacyProject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcjtEKNP05c

Discussion questions

  1. After reading the information in the lecture section, and watching the video from the Privacy project, what surprised you most about data tracking?
  2. Did you change some of your pre-existing beliefs about privacy?
  3. Based on what you now know about algorithms, do you agree with this quote by Zerilli (2021): “The difference between being ‘watched’ by a camera and being ‘known’ by an algorithm is becoming less important” (p. 103)?
  4. What are some of the consequences of ignoring privacy, specifically when it comes to tracking?

Activity 2.

  1. Explore website: https://privacy.commonsense.org/
  2. Search for a digital tool, platform, or game you might have used or are currently using (some examples could include games like PokemonGO, social media platforms, etc.).
  3. Explore the rating it provided for your resource and the reasoning behind it.
  4. Did anything surprise you?