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Jasmine McNealy – Finding a “Home” Web: Rethinking Expectations in Privacy in Online Media

Thursday, November 21, 2013
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Streaming Live:
Food and discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.

An oft-repeated mantra in privacy law circles is that an individual has the greatest expectation of privacy in his home. Most think of the home as the brick and mortar, residential location where one physically resides. Yet, an increasing number of individuals are living their lives—interacting with others, engaging in otherwise private activities, disclosing personal information—online. In fact, a recent study by the Pew Internet and American Society Project found that 65 percent of Internet users use social networking sites, which require the disclosure of certain personal information and, perhaps, encourage continued information disclosure. Should these Internet/social media users, who spend so much of their lives in these mediated environments, have a greater expectation of privacy with respect to the personal information they post/provide? This presentation will discuss the first step in the process of analyzing this question. More specifically, this presentation examines the question, “What is home?”


Jasmine McNealy (Ph.D., 2008, J.D. 2006, University of Florida) is an assistant professor in Information Communication Technology in the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science. She teaches courses related to the law, policy and regulation of information and technology as well as information literacy. Her research centers on the intersection of law, privacy, information, and property with respect to social media.