Carnegie Mellon University

Privacy is important when it comes to someone's personal information. As more of our information becomes digitized, and our personal data is shared online, data privacy is taking on greater importance, but also greater risk of that data being exposed.

Personal data is essential to how decisions are made about us, including whether we get approved for a loan, or receive a job offer. Our personal data, if exposed can even affect our personal and professional reputations. Once our information is on the Internet, it is nearly impossible to remove it. Large corporations collect our personal data and share it with third-party websites to determine the type of advertisements and content we see while on the Internet.  It’s important to know who is viewing our activities online and more importantly, what they're doing with that information. 

The more you know about data privacy, the better able you’ll be to take control of your online presence and keep your privacy protected.