Project Description


Digital footprints

A digital footprint is the data you leave behind when you go online. It includes what you have said, what others have said about you, where you have been, images you are tagged in, personal information, social media profiles, and even what you have searched, clicked on or liked in many instances.

In higher education, both students and new professionals should be aware of how digital footprints can affect their lives.  Read this short article that presents a few teaching strategies that can be used in higher education classrooms.

Digital security

When online we also need to be aware of the limits to digital security and privacy. Who can see the information that we send? Can someone else read your emails or texts? What about your Facebook or Twitter profiles?  This also applies to the apps you use on your phones and tablets. Do you know what data you are sharing and how it is being used by your apps?  CBC Marketplace has put out a video with some really useful tips on protecting your privacy on your phone.

Check it out:


Step 1

Google yourself seriously.  Type your name in Google, and see what results come up. Don’t forget to look well BEYOND the first page, and click the images tab as well! If your name is common, you may need to add more information into your search, e.g. Montreal, Concordia, puppeteer, etc.

Step 2

Go to Settings on your phone or device and look at what information each of your apps is using. Is there an app using your location or microphone that is surprising to you?  If so, can you turn that access off and still use the app?  ( For more info on using your app settings, see Apple  or Android)

More information:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s website on “Technology and privacy” available at:

This site has sections on digital devices, cookies, online privacy, and much more.