Protecting Your Privacy Online (Proposal) Andrew de leon (100518293), JAVERIA KHAN (100610576), Muhammad Rajput (100488643), Alia Ramjohn (100195792), Brian Saboe (100495942), Mikko seppala (100634804)

Problem: There was a time when the Internet was very small, accessible by a well-educated minority, and considered a luxury to have. (Howe, 2016) That time people were aware of what was being shared of their personal lives on the Internet, and technologies like P3P were in place to give users the control over their privacy. (W3C, 2007) Today, however, the culture of Internet has evolved dramatically.

Not only is the Internet accessible by almost half of the entire population on earth, but the people using it are hardly aware of what is being made public about them. Information about them is being collected by websites and then sold to marketers without their knowledge and used to profile them online. (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 2017) There is also instances where users on Google or Facebook put so much of their personal information on their pages, that they can end up having their accounts stolen and falling victim to identity theft. (Techguy Labs. n.d.)

Suggestion: In order to change the culture of the Internet, we need to start with the youth of this time, because they are the architects of the future of the Internet. (Scherker, 2014)

Step: Awareness about online privacy can be taught in schools. The teaching curricula should include a course or two, focusing entirely on how to take control of what gets shared and what gets not.

Suggestion: Making the average user better aware of the specifics of what gets shared about them, when they sign up to a website. (Smithers, 2011)

Step: Whether you are an average Internet user or a social media geek, there is a high possibility that you don’t read the long agreement to which you click “I agree”. (Morrison, 2015) Therefore, a constitution bill can be proposed, which makes it compulsory for websites which collect data to include an easily accessible page. This page would summarize briefly all the things which get collected by them, and with whom they are shared prior to users signing up.

An open source app can be created in which users can submit facts about websites. For example, a user can submit a fact, that Facebook uses your data to give you targeted advertisements. (Wakefield, 2015) Then people around the world can upvote this fact, so it gains relevance and becomes easily accessible by the entire world.

Possibility: The idea that a time would come in, which each user of the Internet would be aware of exactly what gets shared and used about them is unrealistic. It's very unlikely to happen, however, it should not stop us from taking action. With our proposed suggestions and proposal, we believe that we can educate the average user to the point, that they become better aware of their online profile(s).


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Proposal: No matter how long the journey will be; it always begins with a single step. As a small group in this class, we can only do so much and hope it grows into something bigger. Brainstorming with the group, we got the idea that we could start a Facebook group. The Facebook group will link people to our Adobe Spark page, which will include tips for people to better protect their privacy. The spark page will serve as the center of tips and guidelines, and the Facebook group will be used to connect with the world to spread awareness about the spark page.


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