In an op-ed for The New York Times, St. John’s University Assistant Professor of Law Kate Klonick wrote about the “creepy” assignment she gave students to show the difference between the perceived public anonymity one believes to have versus their actual privacy. The assignment was for students to try to identify strangers using only Google search on a phone based on the revealing comments the person shares in a public space or by what that person is carrying. Klonick wrote the project had “fascinating results” and noted that many were able to de-anonymize strangers. She added, “Does this exercise demonstrate that there’s no more privacy? No, but it does mean that you might have to make it happen for yourself.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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