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Data Privacy: Getting Started

The Macalester College Library is participating in the American Library Association's (ALA) Choose Privacy Week; a week to highlight issues of data privacy in our society and how libraries support your rights. We encourage you to take a closer look at ALA's Choose Privacy Week resources.


Privacy Playlist

Data Detox!

Privacy videos - Films on Demand

Erasing David: Surveillance vs. Privacy in the 21st-Century Data State

Filmmaker David Bond documents a harrowing experiment in which he tests just how much privacy he really has by attempting to drop out of sight for 30 days. His unsuccessful flight, in combination with his investigation into data collection and data loss/misuse, paints a dystopian portrait of life in a surveillance state where even if people have nothing to hide, it doesn’t mean they have nothing to fear.

In Google We Trust

Every hour of every day, our digital interactions are being recorded and logged. We live in the age of big data, where the seemingly mundane information of our everyday existence has enormous value. With the help of expert data trackers, this revealing doc offers a comprehensive look at how governments and large companies keep tabs on us. 

TEDTalks: Christopher Soghoian: Your Smartphone Is a Civil Rights Issue

The smartphone you use reflects more than just personal taste ... it could determine how closely you can be tracked, too. Privacy expert and TED Fellow Christopher Soghoian details a glaring difference between the encryption used on Apple and Android devices and urges us to pay attention to a growing digital security divide. "If the only people who can protect themselves from the gaze of the government are the rich and powerful, that's a problem," he says. "It's not just a cybersecurity problem — it's a civil rights problem." 

Science of Surveillence

In today’s information-overloaded and fear-driven society, surveillance technology seems to be deployed almost everywhere. This program introduces the concept of a “surveillance society” and shows how cutting-edge tools are being developed to identify, monitor, and track both people and objects.