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Exploring and Defending Online Privacy Rights

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton 

Many of us routinely and deliberately share all manner of personal information online -- from family photos to friend lists to the exact date and time we've settled down to eat at our favorite restaurant. And many more of us, simply by virtue of browsing and shopping online, share our interests, tastes and spending habits. What happens to the vast amount of personal information floating in the cloud? Who has access to such information, and for what purpose?   How worried should we be?

A number of privacy experts are indeed worried and are calling for reform of the nation's privacy laws to address what they see as significant shortcomings in their ability to protect our most basic rights. This hour we'll explore what the right to privacy means in the online context, what you can do control the information you share, and what kinds of safeguards and protections might be appropriate for a brave new world.


  • Ryan Calo, Director for Privacy and Robotics at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.
  •  Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director of the ACLU of Northern California.