8-533 / 8-733 / 19-608 / 95-818: Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology

Homework 3 - due September 30, 2010

Don't forget to properly cite all sources (including assigned readings) and include a bibliography with all homework assignments.

Reading assignment: September 21-30 readings

1. Write a short summary of each chapter in the reading assignment (3-7 sentences each). Graduate students should also read and write a summary of one optional reading paper. After each summary (in a separate paragraph) provide a "highlight" for that chapter. This can be something new you learned that you found particularly interesting, a point you would like to discuss further in class, a question the chapter did not fully answer, something you found confusing, a point you disagree with, or anything else you found noteworthy. [25 points]

2. Find a web page (not one mentioned in the reading) that uses web bugs (list URL). What function do the web bugs appear to be performing on this site? That is, why has the site planted these bugs? Do these web bugs raise any real or perceived privacy concerns? If so, what sorts of privacy concerns do they raise? What might be done to mitigate these concerns? If you don't think these web bugs raise privacy concerns, explain why not. Does the web site do an adequate job of explaining its use of these web bugs on the page where they are used or in its privacy policy?[20 points]

3. Try out a P3P user agent. Use it to view privacy information for several P3P-enabled web sites. Provide a description and critique of the user agent, discussing the functionality and user interface, and suggestions for improvements. [25 points]

4. Do part 1 of the privacy policy group assignment. [30 points]