8.2 Surveillance, censorship, and privacy (Expert content)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 8.2 Surveillance, censorship, and privacy (Expert content)

Let’s Hear from the Experts

Nicely done! You now know how your life is being tracked and commodified by Big Data, how surveillance and censorship can impact advocacy, and how privacy online is very different from privacy offline. Now, take some time to listen to experts in the field and learn about international processes that are in place to protect your rights.


Explainer: European Union Digital Protection Laws


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a comprehensive data privacy law enacted by the European Union (EU) to strengthen individuals’ rights regarding their personal data and regulate how organizations collect, process, and protect such data. the GDPR is widely regarded as one of the strictest data protection laws in the world due to its comprehensive scope, stringent requirements for data handling, and significant penalties for non-compliance, which can amount to fines of up to €20 million or 4% of a company’s global annual revenue, whichever is higher.

Break Time

Time for a well-deserved break! Stand up and shake it out. Do you have far more questions than answers? That’s okay! Questions are a great way to learn and start your own research. Here are a few prompts to think about:

  • Have you ever read the terms and conditions before clicking Accept All Cookies? If yes, how long did it take you and did you understand what it meant?
  • Where do you notice the effect of social media algorithms in your life? Do you find them sometimes helpful? Or do they annoy you?
  • Think about one website you visit nearly every day. Do you know what data the site collects on you? Do you know how it is used?

Have you gathered your thoughts? Noted your questions? Ready to go futher?

Great! Then let’s keep going.

We’ve given you a lot of digital food for thought. Understanding is good, but using that understanding to take action is even better! So click “Complete Lesson” to move to the final section of this session. Here you’ll find the Side Quests along with some Tools You Can Use in your own advocacy.