Practical Privacy in 60 Minutes: Computers Freedom & Privacy 2015

After doing a roundtable on cookie tracking, Justin Brookman, formerly of the Center for Democracy & Technology, suggested with the proliferation of privacy tools, good and bad, he’d love to see what he could really do to protect his privacy in an hour. Inspired by this, I put together a panel conversation with Meghan Land, Staff Attorney, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse; Rainey Reitman, Activism Director, EFF; and Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU.

My aim was to try and have a high-level conversation/debate about what average folks would reasonably do to protect their privacy. Coming up with a set of basic privacy (and security) is tough: encrypted email is probably too hard, having a complex password system is probably too annoying. For sixty minute, I provoked the panelists and the audience at Computers Freedom and Privacy 2015 as to what we what might actually suggest to consumers and citizens.

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