My immediate thought about online privacy is that it comes down to expectations. Do you have different expectations if you pay for something compared to getting something for free? If you are getting a free service do you really expect to have privacy? Economics has been driving the development of the internet. Firms will want something in return for their free services. I believe firms will try to convince us, trick us, act unethical (or even worse) whenever they believe they can make money off of people’s information. Are the laws in place to protect us? More importantly will these laws be enforced? I think we need to teach students that until there are better laws and enforcement in place, they need to be more careful on who they give their information to and how much information they should give. Particularly when it comes from somebody offering a free lunch. Here’s a recent article discussing better regulations and the implementation of a do not track feature.