Students Google strangers to learn about online privacy


A third year law student wasn’t Googling a stranger in a coffeeshop for fun, she was on a homework assignment from her professor, Kate Klonick, assistant professor of law at St. John’s University. The goal of the assignment was to identify a person based on what they revealed in public.

“Her students, who scattered across the country for break, started writing to her in astonishment. Some of the most outspoken skeptics of privacy protections in her class — the ones who once suggested that they didn’t need privacy because they had nothing to hide — were stunned at how quickly they’d found out details of the lives of strangers who happened to cross their paths.” Read full article at NPR.