The World Privacy Forum is reimagining privacy in a digital era, and working to empower people with the knowledge, rights, and tools they need to protect their privacy and shape their digital lives. We like to stay ahead of the curve and work on emerging areas of technology to find where the problems are and how to solve them so that we can all use technology and also enjoy digital civil liberties and freedoms. We are frequently quoted in the world's leading media about our work, from the New York Times to PBS to the BBC to The Economist and more.
We are raising money for three projects:
1. Cure Medical Identity Theft: We are working to raise $10,000 to cure the harms that medical identity theft brings to people. We are the leading research and advocacy group spearheading efforts to understand and solve this crime. We also provide support to victims of this crime, and work collaboratively with stakeholders to create solutions to the crime so we cure it at its root. You can read more about our work on medical ID theft here: https://www.worldprivacyforum.org/category/med-id-theft/ Our video on medical ID theft is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxneTwGMq6M
2. #OptOutKids: We are raising $5000 to get the word out to kids and parents that they have the right to opt out of schools sharing their names, email address, home address, and other information to anyone who asks. For K-12 students, the opt out window is usually only open at the beginning of the school year. This campaign will let parents and students know how they can take back their privacy. You can read more about #OptOutKids here: https://www.worldprivacyforum.org/optoutkids/ #OptOutKids video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFDqSHjxopU
3. Tame Digital Exhaust: We are raising $4,500 to write, edit, and fact check a concise guide, create a professional video, and publish a short (free) ebook on how to tame digital exhaust. Each of us leaves a digital trail of information as we live our lives online and offline -- from credit and debit card purchases to ID card swipes to walking around with a modern smartphone, it is nearly impossible to live in our modern world without a trace. But most people who aren't privacy researchers do not have a good idea of which digital trails matter the most, and when. For example, most people are surprised to hear that the number one privacy challenge most of us experience is the tracking of our retail purchases with credit & debit cards, not social media posts as so many people frequently believe. Each digital trail we leave has a solution -- one that does not involve giving up technology or modern life. This project will tackle this topic and help people be smart about taming their digital exhaust, and help sort out the privacy myths from reality. You can see our original research on this topic here in our report, The Scoring of America.
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