San José Public Library’s Virtual Privacy Lab

Privacy. Pause for a few seconds to think about what that word means. What emotions does it evoke? Are there specific images or moments in time that pop into your mind? Now think about online privacy. Does your definition change? Do you have different expectations for online privacy than you do for offline interactions?

We live in an increasingly technological world. One in which our online lives are complex and interwoven with our offline identities. The lines have become blurred and our definitions of privacy are shifting. With more data being collected about us than ever before and large scale hacks of major corporations and governments it is challenging to feel safe and confident online. Information about our thoughts, behaviors, shopping patterns, and more is collected and sold to the highest bidder. Most of us are unaware of how our information is being used or what we can do…

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