During the last Privacy Law class of the semester, we discuss Privacy and Emerging Technology. My students continue to learn about the collection, use, disclosure, and monetization of consumers’ data, and continue to be amazed at how their data is used without their knowledge. They often ask for tips on how to protect their data and make personal choices about when to allow its collection and use.

A helpful resource that I often peruse is the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. One tool that is particularly relevant to protecting one’s online privacy is the EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense tools, which includes background on how online surveillance works, and tools to pick secure applications and security scenarios.

For my students reading this post this week, get ready to discuss the SSD tips and tools during class next week! For the rest of you, take a few minutes to remind yourself of how online surveillance works and how to best protect yourself online.

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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on…

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the Business Litigation Group and the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team, and chair’s the firm’s Data Privacy and Security Team. Linn focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy and security laws and regulations. She counsels a range of public and private clients from industries such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine and charitable organizations, on state and federal data privacy and security investigations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Linn is an Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Cybersecurity at Brown University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Prior to joining the firm, Linn served as assistant attorney general and deputy chief of the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Rhode Island. She earned her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and her B.A., with honors, in American Studies from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read her full rc.com bio here.