Jesuit Perspectives: Privacy

C. Anton Ames, Creighton University, Martha Grabowski, Le Moyne College, Frederick Kaefer, Loyola University Chicago, Guille Mora, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, México, Ravi Nath, Creighton University
July 12, 2021
Africa, Asia - Pacific, Europe, Latin & South America, North America
Information Systems
11 pages
social media, privacy, sensitive data, personally identifiable information, Facial recognition, surveillance, data science, privacy analytic, privacy by design, values in design, data mining, target marketing
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Privacy is not a new concept and definitions continue to take shape. Generally speaking, privacy refers to the right to be left alone. Specific to information, privacy refers to having control over how your personal information is collected, used, and disseminated. With privacy, there are social, ethical, and legal considerations. In the legal realm, the European Union’s adoption of the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, perhaps, the most significant in recent history. The largest regulation of its kind, GDPR is likely to have far-reaching effects.

This document provides a set of teaching resources, including questions, discussion points and instructor notes for incorporating Jesuit perspectives and values in the classroom. These resources are intended to be used as supplementary materials for Information Systems/Analytics courses. The resources are instructor-focused and meant for the instructor and not the students. This series from Inspirational Paradigm presents teaching resources focused in information systems and analytics with five categories including: Data for Good (DFG), Income Inequality (INI), Algorithm Biases (AB), Privacy (P), and Ethics (ETH). The document available on this page focuses on Privacy (P).

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Recognize the social justice issues related to IT and data analytics: digital divide, data and algorithm biases, and income inequality.
  2. Understand the technology ethical issues (loss of privacy, rumors & misinformation; data ownership and data access)
  3. Understand the role IT and IS play for societal good (ability to inform public about health, finance, services, crisis management, environmental sustainability, etc.)