Four months after The New York Times launched The Privacy Project, Op-Ed Editor Susan Fowler discusses what she and her staff have learned about privacy. She writes four main privacy themes have emerged since the project launch: “the ubiquity of surveillance and the ready availability of surveillance tools; our considerable ignorance of where personal data goes and how companies and governments use that data; the tangible harm of privacy violations; and the possibility that sacrificing privacy for other values (say, convenience or security) can be a worthwhile trade-off,” she writes. “We have also learned a fair amount about what we can do — both individually and collectively — to better protect our privacy. ... The more we learn about privacy, the more there is to understand; every answer raises further questions.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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