A Proposal To Protect Your Privacy On The Internet

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How do we better protect our privacy online? (William Iven/Unsplash)
How do we better protect our privacy online? (William Iven/Unsplash)

In medicine, the Hippocratic Oath along with laws like HIPAA were devised to hold physicians to a specific set of ethical standards. After all, we're telling them some of our most private things about our lives.

But now, we tell everyone everything on the internet — including much of the same information we kept for doctors. We tell Google Search what food we like, we tell Facebook where we ate lunch yesterday, and we tell Yelp if we got food poisoning.

So what if we held online companies to similar standards as our physicians? How would we even do that?


Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of international law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and author of "The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It." He tweets @Zittrain.

This segment aired on October 18, 2016.


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