Introduction to Privacy:
Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million after Gawker published a video tape of him having sex with a friend’s wife. Hogan argued that Gawker had violated his privacy by publishing the video. The suit comes after a long line of issues Gawker has had with violating privacy and publishing videos or facts that most argue were not relevant to stories.
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is looking at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to restrict the use of consumer data gathered by companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. The proposal came after the FCC ruled on net-neutrality, which gives the FCC jurisdiction over how businesses distribute customer information.
Possible Classroom Activities:
Each student can write down what they think constitutes private information, then as a class they can compare their answers. This can demonstrate how difficult it is to make decisions as a newsroom or agency to balance reporting or client needs with individual privacy rights. Privacy is a major issue in the public eye with the FBI v. Apple case and the growth of big data as a marketing tool.