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Celebrating Digital Data Privacy

We bridge the digital divide in data privacy equity for children, families, and members of disadvantaged communities. 

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What Is The Digital Divide In Data Privacy?

The digital divide is unequal access to technology and resources that enable individuals and communities to protect their personal information and privacy online.

This divide is often seen in lower-income or rural areas where access to high-speed internet, education on data privacy, and affordable security measures may be limited.

The TED talk  by Fred Cate, Vice President of Research at Indiana University explains why privacy law is so complicated. Further reading on how this affects vulnerable populations are provided on our website. 

Who are affected the most by a lack of data privacy ?




Those Experiencing 



The Risk | Trafficking, Identity
theft, selling of personal data

The Risk | Harassment,
Stalking, and trafficking

The Risk | Debt resulting from breaches. 

The Risk |  discrimination bias imbedded in privacy tools 

The cost of doing nothing

is the average cost of a data breach

IBM Data Breach Report 2022

individuals are
more vulnerable to data breaches

United States Department of Justice

of people don't feel private online

Pew Research Center

of parents upload photographs of their children aged 0-8 year old on social media

Ofcom Media Report 2022

Free apps share

more data than paid ones


Icogni Android App Review 2021

of sex trafficking victims are recruited online

Washington University Law Review

References IBM. (2023). IBM Security: Cost of a Data Breach Report. Retrieved from​ Incogni Blog. (n.d.). New Year Resolutions Apps Research. Retrieved from Ofcom. (2022). Children's Media Use and Attitudes Report 2022. Retrieved from Rainie, L., & Anderson, M. (2019). Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Justice. (n.d.). Official Website. Retrieved from Ohm, P. (2010). Broken Promises of Privacy: Responding to the Surprising Failure of Anonymization. Washington University Law Review, 88(3), 599-606. Retrieved from

What do the leading experts say about closing the Data-Privacy Gap?

The Center For Humane Technology

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The Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institute has appointed Dr. Turner Lee to address the current state of the digital divide.

Dr. Turner Lee emphasizes the importance of comprehensive dgital inclusion programs that go beyond mere acess to technology. These initiatives shouldaddress barriers such as affordability, digital literacy, and kills development. She advocates for partnerships between government, privacy sector, and community organzaitons to provide digital training programs and resources.

Nicol Turner Lee

Senior Fellow - Governance Studies
Director - Center for Technology Innovation

The Mozilla Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation believes that the solution to generating increased data privacy is to promote a “Data Dividend” model where users are compensated for their personal data, support privacy-enhancing technologies, and advocate for policies that protect user privacy, such as strong data protection laws and user control over their personal data.


The Mozilla Team

The Center for Humane Technology believes that the solution to increasing humane technology is to advocate for design that prioritizes human well-being, foster public awareness about the impact of technology on society, and create policies that promote ethical and humane technology practices. 

This involves a mix of policy leaders, UX and UI designers, and tech executives to choose technology that protects a user’s right to privacy.  

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Tristan Harris

Co-founder & Executive Director | the Center for Humane Technology

Bridging the gap

Say hello to the Privacy-First Initiative. 

The Plunk Foundation  aims to close the online data privacy equity gap for children and families through:


Building privacy-centric open-source technology 


Promoting awareness and education of data privacy literacy


Forging Strategic
Partnerships regarding privacy-first principles 

Data Privacy Resources

Your contribution supports critical programs and initiatives that contribute to building technology and raising awareness about 
data privacy to vulnerable populations. 

Your support can truly make an impact to help protect and preserve data privacy for all.

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