Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology


Information and Decision Sciences

First Reader/Committee Chair

Nestler, Vincent


This culminating project explored how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft infringe on their user's information privacy. Focus was on tools and techniques one can use to strengthen their information privacy. Privacy or information privacy was defined as the right to have some control over how your personal information is collected and used. This project will also introduce a verity of open-source tools and techniques that would help the unsuspected user to maintain their privacy.The questions asked were: what are some common techniques that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft use to gain personal information?, At what cost would it take for someone to maintain their privacy online without interacting with Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft ?, What are some reasonable recommendations would I recommend to the average unsuspecting user ? The project findings were: that major technology companies make money from intruding on their user’s privacy, and that the upkeep cost for one to maintain their privacy can be expensive, and that it will be difficult for one to maintain their privacy overtime. Some of the recommendations for further suggested research include: cell phones, faraday bags, and Redundancy.