CS513 Homework 4: Privacy Critique

General Instructions. You are expected to work alone on this assignment.

Due Oct 26, 2005. Submit your solution on paper in class. No late assignments will be accepted.

To facilitate grading, format your solutions as follows.

Solutions that do not satisfy the formatting guidelines will be returned, ungraded.

Visit a Web Site!

The U.S. Fair Information Principles and Practices (FIPP), which we discussed in class, can be used to inform the design of a privacy-sensitive web site. For this assignment, you will visit a web site and evaluate the extent to which FIPP has been followed.

Amazon.com, like most companies, likes to avoid unhappy customers. So they have decided to reduce the chances that their customers who are privacy advocates will find fault with the Amazon.com on-line store, and Amazon.com has hired you to perform that evaluation and write a report for the Board of Directors.

Visit www.amazon.com with the intent of purchasing a copy of The War Between the Tates by Alison Lurie. You needn't actually purchase a copy, but go as far as you can. Close your browser, and now visit www.amazon.com again, intending to purchase something else.

After performing this experiment (and any additional ones you deem useful for understanding how well Amazon.com implements FIPP), document your evaluation of the Amazon.com web site, discussing the relevant dimensions of the FIPP as well as anything else related to privacy that you find relevant. Your report should be clearly and carefully written. Give (reproducible) concrete examples to substantiate any complaints.