Data Privacy Day events help U-M community take charge of privacy


The University of Michigan is planning an on-campus event and an online teach-out as part of Data Privacy Day, which is designed to educate and raise awareness about respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Data Privacy Day will be celebrated internationally on Sunday. U-M’s Privacy@Michigan event will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at North Quad on Central Campus, and will provide information about a wide range of privacy research.

Hosted by the School of Information and U-M Information Assurance as part of the Dissonance Event Series, this half-day event includes panel discussions, poster session and reception showcasing work by U-M faculty and students.

The teach-out, “Privacy, Reputation, and Identity in a Digital Age,” is part of the Office of Academic Innovation’s Teach-Out Series. It allows learners around the world to come together with the campus community to examine questions of privacy, reputation and identity.

Participants will hear from experts through videos and readings, and engage in conversation about real-world scenarios.

The session is co-taught by Tim McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and professor of physics, astronomy, and education; and Sol Bermann, university privacy officer and interim chief information security officer.

Privacy is a cornerstone of personal and civil liberties, and supports the intellectual and academic freedom enjoyed at U-M and across the nation. More information about “privacy” is available on the university’s Safe Computing website.

Pervasive data collection can mean a loss in privacy. The choices we make can determine how much privacy we lose.

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