15-508 / 17-801 / 19-608 / 95-818: Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology

Homework 5 - due September 30, 2004

Reading Assignment: Cranor 3; Smith - Cyberspace; web bugs paper; Bugnosis paper; FTC and Spam (Optional: Egelman)

1. Write a short summary of each chapter and article in the reading assignment (2-5 sentences each). 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.

2. Download a privacy-related software application (NOT P3P software) or use one you have already purchased, or use an online privacy service. (a) Write a summary of what the software does. (b) Briefly describe something you like about the software. (c) Briefly describe something you don't like about this software or that you would like to see improved. (d) What privacy concern does this software address?

3. 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?

4. Do Part 1 of the Mini Project.