Take the survey to provide us with information on how much you learned from this project and if this has been useful in making you more aware of your data privacy rights here at Harvard and in the real world. Below are the graphics for every day. Every eligible survey respondent who provides their email address will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of five $20 gift cards.



Do you know what you agreed to when checking those boxes when you enrolled at the start of the semester? Join us in this 7 day project where we break down your privacy rights at Harvard so you know exactly what Harvard does with your data. We hope this helps you become more aware of your data privacy rights at Harvard and in the real world.


DAY 1 - 11/23

In today’s digital world, your data can be anywhere. Even at Harvard, an upstanding institution here to help its students, you may not realize how much data you expose. You know Harvard, but data privacy is a much broader issue. That’s where we come in.

Our goal is to raise data privacy awareness by walking you through the example of your data at Harvard. We hope you take this awareness out into the real world. We want you ready to advocate for your privacy and protect yourself from bad actors out there. 

Join us on this 7 day fact-filled, mind-bender as we show you what you need to know. See you on the other side!


DAY 2 - 11/24

There are more than 1100 video surveillance cameras in or around Harvard’s campus.


  • https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1Ty7ZSqbEhBdJgR3vMjB9f5NEB9GQoqpR&ll=42.375468279337255%2C-71.11862375898434&z=16

  • https://provost.harvard.edu/files/provost/files/final_video_camera_policy_may_25_2016.pdf

    • “It is not necessary to give general notice, or notice to specific identified individuals, of searches of video camera data (unless required by law).” don’t give notice

    • “Unless requested by HUPD for safety, security or law enforcement reasons in compliance with Massachusetts law, video cameras installed for safety, security and facilities management purposes shall not be configured or activated to record audio.” don’t normally record audio

    • “Signage or other forms of notice, specific or general, stating the presence of video cameras is permitted but not required. Camouflage or other deliberate concealment of cameras is not permitted unless specifically requested by the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) after consultation with OGC.” signage not required, and cameras can be actively camouflaged if HUPD requests them to be


DAY 3 - 11/25

Storing personal data on your University Google Drive? You might want to think twice.


  • https://hwpi.harvard.edu/files/provost/files/policy_on_access_to_electronic_information.pdf

    • “University systems” refers to all services, networks, and devices owned, provided, or administered by any unit of the University, such as email services, Internet access, file servers, voice message services, storage devices and services, laptop and desktop computers, phones and other mobile devices, and usage and access logs. “

    • “ ‘User electronic information’ as “(i) Documents and communications, including emails, voicemails and text messages, and their associated metadata … and (ii) Information generated by automated processes triggered by that user’s use of University systems, such as tracks of Internet use and logs of access to facilities.”


DAY 4 - 11/26

TraceFi - were you tracked?


  • https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?hl=en&hl=en&mid=1JMiLYuHtxhwIidgREow2ks9BeaQq9oGs&ll=42.37591321218657%2C-71.1160981269585&z=17

  • https://covidtech.harvard.edu/update.html

  • https://covidtech.harvard.edu/howitworks.html

  • https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/testing-tracing/contact-tracing

  • https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/9/8/dissent-wifi-contact-tracing/

  • https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/8/2/tracefi-wifi-contract-tracing-coronavirus/


DAY 5 - 11/27

Loaning a device from Harvard? Here’s what you should know.


  • https://harvard.service-now.com/ithelp?id=kb_article&sys_id=c0a4b02fdb289f8883a2f3f7bf961947

  • https://policy.security.harvard.edu/everyone#widget-0

  • https://policy.security.harvard.edu/


DAY 6 - 11/28

Thinking of taking a summer school class? You should read this...


  • https://www.summer.harvard.edu/resources-policies/exams

  • https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/ceo-of-exam-monitoring-software-proctorio-apologises-for-posting-students-chat-logs-on-reddit

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/seanlawson/2020/04/24/are-schools-forcing-students-to-install-spyware-that-invades-their-privacy-as-a-result-of-the-coronavirus-lockdown/?sh=15113f48638d

  • https://itg.extension.harvard.edu/proctorio-faq

  • https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/11544/files/2420382/download?verifier=J84eQ3dJ92MuPd5EINg3Sy0rThJ63NmfySF0lO5F&wrap=1

  • https://proctorio.com/platform


DAY 7 - 11/29

Canvas, Zoom, Panopto - Before you click out of that Panopto Lecture early, know this.


  • https://www.panopto.com/blog/is-anyone-watching-your-videos-video-analytics/

    • “Panopto gives you detailed reports on video popularity and audience engagement for every video in your library, with trendline reporting and video drop-off rates to help show where viewers began to click away. Panopto’s video analytics goes deeper than aggregate trendline information, allowing you to track viewership right down to the individual user — so you’ll always know if anyone stopped short on that latest compliance training or classroom lecture.”

    • “Want to know if someone specific has watched a video? Or where in your recording people tend to stop watching? Panopto helps you get the most out of your media by providing minute-by-minute analytics for each of your videos.“

  • https://support.panopto.com/s/article/Statistics-at-Site-Folder-Session-level

    • “2.4. The second graph listed is the Viewer Engagement. This graph details the Views and Interactions a video session has had as well as the type of interaction (Views, Comments, Notes) and at what point in the video session it occurred (Fig. 11).“

    • “It lists the top viewers of the video session and can be arranged alphabetically for Viewer or by number of Views and Downloads, Minutes Delivered, Average Minutes Delivered, Percent Completed, Notes, and Comments (Fig. 12).“

  • https://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/41458-where-do-i-find-the-course-access-report-for-an-individual-student

  • https://www.nyit.edu/files/ctl/CTL_TeachingWithTechnology_ZoomMeetingParticipants_2014.pdf

  • https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210615143-Archiving-chat-messages-using-cloud-storage


DAY 8 - 11/30

Take the Survey and Resources



  • HUIT; Chief Information Security Officer Christian Hamer: christian_hamer@harvard.edu

  • CAMHS: https://camhs.huhs.harvard.edu/

  • Electronic Privacy Oversight Committee (chaired by Professor Stephen Chong)

    • chong@seas.harvard.edu

    • https://huit.harvard.edu/access-electronic-information-committee#:~:text=The%20Committee%20is%20focused%20on,related%20issues%20within%20Harvard%20University

  • Professor Jim Waldo: jim_waldo@harvard.edu

  • Professor Latanya Sweeney: latanya@gov.harvard.edu

  • HITS, Roundtable: “Internet Ethics: Zoombombing, Fandom, and Black Mirror”: achakradhar@college.harvard.edu

  • Interested in learning more? Check out CS105: Privacy and Technology

  • Harvard Information Security Officers: https://security.harvard.edu/report-incident#security-officers



Take the survey to provide us with information on how much you learned from this project and if this has been useful in making you more aware of your data privacy rights here at Harvard and in the real world. Every survey respondent will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win gift cards. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.