John Sumser and I are teaching Social Media and Internet Law again this semester. And we’ve been looking at privacy rights. Here are some of the resources we are using.
Electronic Frontier Foundation is a great resource for information on technology, the internet, and privacy. They are currently challenging the NSA”s authority to collect and retain data.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a consumer privacy rights organization that has great information and helps people enforce their privacy rights. Follow them on twitter @PrivacyToday
Internet Cases is attorney Adam Brown’s blog on the latest court decisions and lawsuits involving internet law. Adam is knowledgable and a wonderful writer. He is one of my favorite resources. Follow Adam @internetcases
We have also written on privacy. Here is the Privacy Series John and I did.
- What information is and isn’t private before you turn on your computer;
- What information gets collected online;
- What laws protect privacy;
- What are the legal issues; and
- What is HR’s role in protecting privacy.
Here is the series I did on workplace privacy.
The short answer is: A lot. If the device or hardware is the employer’s, including the smart phone issued by the company, the employer is entitled to monitor and track the data generated.
Employees do have some privacy rights though. This piece looks at where those rights originate and what questions to ask to figure out if something is protected.
Social media seems intimate and among “friends,” but it’s not. This piece looks at how to think about privacy and social media at work.