NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Privacy and Technology Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Privacy and Technology. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our Big
Brother Goes High-Tech
Have you considered Big Brother a threat to your privacy? This article
defines, in detail, many of the monitoring, surveillance and identification
devices available today and the impact on our privacy and freedom from the
Privacy vs. First and Fourth Amendment Rights
A document exploring the impact on an individual's right to privacy in
the US from other people who have access to information available on databases.
Employers, private and government institutions and law enforcement agencies
have access to information which could be misleading and restrict a citizen's
freedoms. The examples given indicate the first and fourth amendment in the
US are possibly being violated by the legal system itself.
Professionals for Social Responsibility
A group of computer scientists express their concerns about the impact
of computer technology on society. As technical experts, they advise policy
makers on the limitations of computer technology. As citizens, they draw public
attention to applications of computing and how they affect society.
Hackers Who Break into Computer Systems
Although most people have a negative perception of hackers, this document
presents hackers in a different light. Information is readily available to
many people in society. How this information is used by some people is considered
questionable. This document explores how "hackers have raised serious issues
about values and practices in an information society".
"Electronic Frontier Canada (EFC) was founded to ensure that the principles
embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms remain protected as
new computing, communications, and information technologies are introduced
into Canadian society." EFC raises strong opposition to the Canadian Government's
policy on limiting the individual's use of cryptography for privacy purposes.
Privacy Information Center
The goal of this group is to focus public attention on emerging American
civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the first Amendment, and constitutional
to Good Privacy Practices
A document published by British Columbia's Information, Science and Technology
Agency as a guide to help public agencies interpret and implement the province's
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, since these agencies
collect personal information from individuals.
Awareness Network: Privacy
The Media Awareness Network provides teachers with practical support for
media education. The above link is to their page on privacy which includes
updates from Canadian and US print media, debates on current issues, a resource
room, and an examination of Canadian and international law. The two links
below are to two resources from this site that will be particularly interesting
to classroom teachers.
Playground: The First Adventure of the Three Little CyberPigs An interactive
game for grade 1-3 students designed to teach them how to spot and avoid
on-line dangers and threats. In the teacher's guide, background information
about the issues of online marketing and children's privacy is available.
Resources on Privacy Lessons plans and free teaching kits for helping
to teach elementary and secondary students a critical awareness about
privacy and the security of their personal information.
of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
The Commissioner's role is to monitor the administration of British Columbia's
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This site provides a
link to the Act. The site also contains many documents illustrating the Commissioner's
activities. You are able to read his reports exhibiting the decisions and
investigations made by his department.
Commissioner of Canada: Table of Contents
From this home page, there are many links to potentially valuable resources.
Browse through the index (above) or any of the following links for a direct
path to some pages with educational information on privacy.
Sheets Included are: Surfing Safely in CyberSpace, Faxing Personal
Information, Social Insurance Number, and Privacy In Canada.
Reports These reports address such issues as: a national DNA data
bank,publicizing the identify of violent offenders on their release, smart
cards, and privacy on the information highway.
Privacy Act Highlights of the main provisions of the Canadian Privacy
"Privacy International is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog
on surveillance by governments and corporations. " They conduct campaigns
throughout the world to counter abuses of privacy through the use of information
Private Eyes Project
This educational resource is an on-line interactive project for secondary
students in which they evaluate and debate the issues of Canadian law regarding
privacy and technology.
the Wily Hacker
A story about how a laboratory was being hacked and what the owners decided
to do to catch the hacker. It illustrates how data available on a protected
network are not necessarily safe from intrusion.
Technology and Human Rights Project
"The Technology and Human Rights Project was initiated in 1994 to monitor
the impact of electronic communications networks on human rights and the democratic
process. We believe it is paramount that the information highway of tomorrow
respect the values of privacy, tolerance, free speech and open access to the
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