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Data Literacy Guide

Learn ways to protect your personal and professional data.

What's This Guide For?

Core Objectives:

  1. Define what it means to have and create Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  2. Identify your data privacy rights as a college student (FERPA)
  3. Recognise the different kinds of threats and attacks aimed at collecting and exploiting your PII
  4. Implement data security best practices and habits to reduce your risk of being a data theft victim
  5. Explain how OSUIT collects, protects, and uses your student data


Provide OSUIT students with knowledge and a set of tools that will help them protect themselves and their data in all areas of their lives.

Why Do I Need to Know These Things?

“The data literate individual understands, explains AND documents the utility and limitations of data by becoming a critical consumer of data, controlling [one’s] personal data trail, finding meaning and taking action based on data. [One] can identify, collect, evaluate, analyze, interpret, present and protect data.” - The American Library Association

1)  People are creating data every moment of their lives and it is constantly being collected in numerous ways. For example;

  • Social Media
  • Document Sharing
  • Internet Search History
  • Phone/SMS/MMS
  • Location Data
  • Biometric Data (fingerprint/facial scans/DNA)

2) Every person has public information they don't mind sharing and private information they would never want exposed. For example; 

  • Social Security Number
  • Driving Record
  • Financial Record
  • Criminal Record
  • Health Record
  • Student Record

3) In order to protect your data, you must understand what kind of data you produce as well as how and why it is collected.