On December 11, 2020, Next Century Cities (NCC) was invited to participate in Transcend’s privacy leaders breakfast discussion on “Where Privacy Pros Can Make the Most Impact.” Executive Director, Francella Ochillo, spoke on a panel with Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Co-Founder of CompliWith.Me, moderated by Melanie Ensign. Francella discussed the importance of designing privacy protocols that accommodate those who are new to the digital ecosystem. She explained the importance of making privacy disclaimers and settings easy to understand as many people lack the requisite digital literacy to be able to protect themselves, and implored privacy professionals to consider the societal impact of decisions that could compromise user privacy.  

As NCC works to ensure that every resident is able to benefit from high-speed connectivity, we recognize the privacy pitfalls that exist users must navigate once they get online. For example, when residents are forced to rely on public WiFi access points, they have little choice but to agree to privacy disclaimers that they may not understand. Those are among the people most likely to be targets of data misuse. Consequently, NCC continues to elevate the importance of understanding privacy as a component of digital literacy. When users are creating data profiles that will last perpetuity, knowing how to protect their information and take advantage of private settings is essential. 

For additional NCC resources, read Amie Stepanivich’s take on why “Privacy is an Essential Component of Digital Literacy” here. John Breyault explains why “Protecting Data is an Essential Service of Good Local Government” here