Data is collected every time you make a purchase, browse a website, conduct a Google search, or check your social media notifications. But, should it be? While you might enjoy receiving personalized ads, is it worth the loss of privacy? Where should organizations draw the line between business benefits and security?

The new Harvard Online course Data Privacy and Technology will address these questions and help you become a more informed digital citizen. You’ll learn to think critically about the moral and ethical trade-offs of collecting and using personal data and how to effectively advocate for solutions that enhance privacy, respect the law, and preserve human dignity.

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Harvard University Professors Michael Smith and James Waldo will lead participants through real-life examples from industry experts, policymakers, and privacy researchers, who’ll share how they secure data and apply privacy best practices.

“This course is crucial for businesses today because of the changing nature of our world,” Smith says. “Privacy is a complex and multifaceted concept. By the end of the course, you should be able to apply your learning to your life, your role, and your business.”

By enrolling in the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the various definitions of privacy and ongoing conflict of privacy laws and norms within technology advancements
  • Review approaches to collecting, using, and selling data, and the impact on user protections
  • Explore the impacts of emerging technologies on the future of privacy, protection, and law
  • Examine the price of personal data and the trade-offs between privacy and other values
  • Think critically about privacy issues from multiple angles, exploring policy, cultural, and societal impacts
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The course will be delivered via HBS Online’s course platform. Applications for Data Privacy and Technology will be accepted through October 11, 2021, and the course will start on October 20, 2021. Learners should expect to dedicate approximately 25 hours to the course material.

For more information or to apply, visit the Data Privacy and Technology page.