What are we trying to do?
Privacy Rightfully is an education centre with the goal of helping you understand and learn how to take precautions to protect your privacy and security, online and offline.
“..people do in fact care about privacy, but they are bewildered by the difficulty of protecting their personal information in a time of rapid technological change and limited options.” – Austin Sarat in ‘A World Without Privacy‘
This isn’t just in relation to your data and how to change settings on your apps and devices which is traditionally the first thing that comes to mind. We’re also thinking about the offline world – your safety and security, what you disclose to various people or companies, preventative measures against identity theft or fraud and perhaps how to change small parts of your everyday behaviour – topics like that.
We cannot and do not give legal or financial advice of course, nor can we guarantee that following what we have written about is 100% foolproof or will give the desired change (please see our Disclaimer and Terms & Conditions of use for more about this). We also do not subscribe to fearmongering for clicks or judge how open you do or don’t want to be online. Our goal is to educate in this space, this isn’t something taught in schools, on the job, or by parents as an essential life skill. It’s a new element in the evolution of human interaction, changing rapidly, and understood clearly enough to take action, by few.
What we’re not doing
We’re not telling you how to live
Following on from the point above about fearmongering we do not tell you what to do as everyone has differing ideas about privacy, differing levels of openness, and differing adversity to risk. We want to empower you to know about and control how much of your data is out there based on your personal views and comfort levels on privacy; not ours.
We are not ‘anti data’ or the enemy of digital marketers
We are not trying to build an anonymous or recluse internet using society whereby no one shares their data. We recognise mass data collection has made our lives immensely easier, more convenient, time saving and allowed for us to have access to things we didn’t even know existed for little or no cost. We simply feel a line is being crossed by modern data driven business models and we want to help members of the public to evaluate the risks and threats associated with that (as well as other areas of privacy and security outside of data).
Indeed, marketers and advertisers have a vested interest in increasing consumers’ confidence and trust regarding how and how much of their data is generated, stored, and used.
As our website grows so too will our library of varying types of content, each piece will be categorised based on its format, structure, and goals. Like a typical library we have different ‘rooms’ for you to visit depending on the category of most interest to you. With phase one we are launching with:
The Reading Room
A space for essay style articles digging deeper into privacy related issues. We aim to draw upon real world examples, academic research, statistics, and psychology as much as is relevant to the topic at hand. This room also includes our ‘101 series’ content where we explain various privacy and security related concepts using as much plain English as possible.
The News Room
A bit of a blast based on new information as it comes to hand regarding things like data hacks, alerts, their potential impacts etc.
Our email newsletter of the content we’ve covered across the two rooms above, so you don’t need to keep checking back to the website. We will currently send this ad hoc moving to fortnightly and eventually weekly when we launch phase two.
Phase two doesn’t currently have an launch date because without giving too much away, we’re really hoping to speak to the quote by Austin Sarat above and give you the practical tools you need to make the changes you want.
Phase One: Providing you with information and education.
Phase Two: Providing you with the practical tools and actions to take.
Stay tuned and thank you for your patience as we get up and running.
For enquiries email us at: email@example.com