Privacy (2020)

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The intent of the Privacy Knowledge Unit is to provide students with a understanding of privacy issues, tools, and practices.


After completing the KU, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize personal digital footprint and where personal information is collected​.
  2. Discuss tradeoffs and risks associated with your privacy, your convenience, businesses’ marketing, and everyone’s security​.
  3. Compare and contrast privacy attitudes, behaviors, policies, and laws in different contexts and cultures​.


  1. Definitions of Privacy
    1. What is Privacy
    2. Personally Identifiable Information
    3. Anonymity and Pseudonymity
  2. Privacy Policies, Laws and Regulations
    1. Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs)
      1. Transparency
      2. Individual Participation
      3. Purpose Specification
      4. Data Minimization
      5. Use Limitation
      6. Data Quality and Integrity
      7. Security
      8. Accountability and Auditing
    2. Privacy Laws and legal basis
    3. EU and GDPR
    4. Privacy Impact Assessments
  3. Tracking and Surveillance
    1. Dataveillance
  4. Privacy tools
    1. Encryption
    2. VPNs
    3. Scramblers

Risks to Privacy


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Further reading[edit] Augusta University micromodule on privacy.

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