Graduation Date

Fall 12-15-2017

Grading Professor

Greg David

Subject Concentration

Business & Economics

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This project highlights the vulnerability of personal privacy in the age of the internet and the lack of control consumers have over their own data online. As sharing sensitive personal information with entities like social networks and major corporations becomes more and more commonplace for ordinary people, consumers are slowly waking up to the fact that they are often inadvertently giving up control over their personal information. The articles in this portfolio tackle different aspects of the dangers of online privacy, touching on the lack of regulation in the U.S. to protect consumers from companies that do not do enough to safeguard user data, to ways the that online hacking can result in identity theft, and the ways in which some companies are working to better their customers. With the passage of the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe, people are starting to wake up and take a more active role in their personal privacy online. This project highlights the opportunity at hand to work towards lasting change, and transform the landscape of personal privacy and online data collection in the U.S. and around the world if ordinary citizens begin to take action to protect themselves and their information.



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