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Is Your Seatmate Googling You?

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WE UNDERESTIMATE THE RISKS TO PRIVACY IN OUR EVERYDAY, OFFLINE LIVES.

Concerns about digital privacy — What is Facebook doing with our data? How are advertisers tracking our interests? How can we stop the breaches that put our personal information at risk? — have received much-needed attention in recent months, but there’s another aspect of privacy that should be on our minds, too: Many of us underestimate the ways in which ubiquitous technology like search engines on a smartphone in the hands of a stranger can compromise our privacy in our everyday lives.

I teach information privacy to law students. I gave my class an optional exercise to complete over spring break that illustrated

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