Protect Your Privacy
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- Privacy is the right to be let alone, to be free from interference and intrusion.
- Privacy starts with an assessment of what, who, where, and why?
- What information is being collected, used, shared or maintained? What platform is being used to collect, store, share or maintain information?
- Whose information is being collected, used, shared or maintained?
- Where is the geographic location of the person and information?
- Why are we collecting, using, sharing personal information?
Common Areas of Privacy
Bodily Privacy: is the protection of a person’s physical being. Examples may include genetic or drug testing.
Communications Privacy: is the security and privacy of postal or email, telephone or other forms of communication.
Information Privacy: is the protection of personal data. Examples may include credit card information, health or student information. (This is also known as data protection.)
Territorial Privacy: is the setting of limits on intrusion into the domestic or other environments. For example, workplace or public space.
What is the difference between Privacy and Information Security?
Privacy is what data/ information needs to be safeguarded (i.e., policies, guidelines, personal choices). Security is how that data/ information is safeguarded.(i.e., controls). NYU’s Global Privacy and Global Information Security departments work closely together to ensure information is accessible and protected.
What is Data Privacy Week?
Data Privacy Week, January 22-28, 2023, is an annual week dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of online privacy. Visit the website for the National Cybersecurity Alliance.
Why are privacy and Privacy Week important to NYU?
In support of NYU’s mission to be a top quality international center of scholarship, teaching, and research, NYU collects, uses, and maintains personally identifiable information. Privacy Week serves as a reminder that as a higher education community that balances academic and intellectual values, we are responsible for appropriately managing and safeguarding the information entrusted to us.