It's time to secure your data on the Web
Data Guard is an educational project dedicated to personal data protection and cyber rights. We've gathered all the information you need to navigate in digital space and efficiently protect your rights online.

Human dependence on devices and technologies is increasing every year. We are becoming more and more immersed in the Internet interactions: spending hours on social networks, on marketplace pages, listening to music and watching movies, while our voice assistants and navigators listen to every word we say. All of these benefits are impossible without the flow of vast amounts of data. By sacrificing privacy, we are unaware that our data can be sold, leaked and used to our detriment. A low level of user culture is apparent.

At a time when legal safeguards to protect user privacy are not enough, Data Guard proposes to take the initiative to develop a culture of privacy amongst the most active users of the internet — school and university students

Why protect your data?
Being unprotected against the tools of illegal data collection and processing requires mobilisation, a response. When fighting for your data, it is important to remember that the battle is best fought by those who know how to defend themselves.
To do this, let's consider why you need to protect your data:
Personal information makes you visible
It says a lot about you, representing all the information that identifies you to other users and corporations. Personal data reflects your private life, your fears, desires and traits.
Personal data can be used by abusers for unlawful purposes
Data is the key to accessing your accounts. It can be used to withdraw money from your accounts, points, bonuses, game currency, collect statistics and make mass phone calls. As a result, you may suffer moral and material harm.
Your data may be used for profiling, limiting your freedoms (disclosing your religion, sexual orientation, illness, correspondence) - tactics that can make you feel exposed
Your data may be used for profiling, limiting your freedoms (disclosing your religion, sexual orientation, diseases, correspondence) - tactics that can make you feel insecure.
Failure to adequately protect personal data can cause reputational and material damages to a business
Users will be less likely to approach such businesses knowing that their data has been leaked. They may try to sue you, while the the state may prosecute the company for administrative and criminal offences.
Material and digital worlds are merging into each other
Their interconnection makes us more and more vulnerable to the threats of the web. Remembering that every action generates the need for counteraction, we are ready to meet the challenges!
The purpose of the project:
We're introducing you to a data culture online by presenting content in text, audio and visual format. If you are persistent enough, it won't be a problem for you:
Formation of practical skills of personal data management
Our first aim is to give you a basic understanding of personal data theory and to explain what digital hygiene is all about through examples
Getting to know how to work with companies and state bodies in the field of privacy
You are not alone in the digital world. When you visit websites, you can transfer data to legal persons' servers, ask for information about you to be erased (right to be forgotten) or have your information transferred to another service (right of portability). Your requests may be ignored and you may have to contact public authorities. We will tell you how to avoid the traps of ignorance and controllers' tricks
Creating comfortable environment for networking for everyone interested in privacy
All of our tasks are derived from our main goal - to create a community of young people interested in privacy issues, who can work with us to organise a comfortable networking environment. Together we are stronger!
Ready to learn more?
Personal Data in Our Age
The digital footprint of each of us leads to service providers, analytics, academics and merchants. In this longread you will learn who collects your data, for what purposes, and why knowing your privacy rights is important.
Biometrics: Balancing Privacy and Security
What do your fingerprints, the colour of your pupils and the rhythm of your heart have in common? The attention of the state. Let's take a closer look.

Parsing Data: on Both Sides of the Ocean
What is parsing, do you have to worry if you've been parsed, and what do robots have to do with it?

Cookies, or What your Browser Is Not Telling You
Your browser keeps many secrets. We'll reveal one of them to you and tell you about cookies.
Fundamental Rights of a Data Subject
A large-scale legal and regulatory analysis of the fundamental rights of data subjects.
Our team
The founders of the project are young professionals full of enthusiasm
Renat Sigunov
Project Founder
In proclaiming the triumph of the idea of the free and autonomous individual, English lawyers of the 18th and 19th centuries laid the foundation for the concept of privacy. The foundations turned out to be shaky. In Australia, which formally belongs to the same legal system as England, the court actually rejected the right to privacy, stating that good citizens have nothing to hide. What is this if not a society of perversion where privacy — one of the pillars of our culture — is preserved only in the form of the facade of a ruined building?
Ufaeva Yana
3rd year. Faculty of Law, Moscow State University
Given the general trend towards ethical business practices, companies that promote the importance and necessity of protecting people's privacy from interference, rather than the other way around, should win. Public condemnation of wrongdoers and open discussion, which we can engage in, are the most effective ways to influence the market horizontally
Safyannikov Artem
3rd year.Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Empires are built on personal data and millions are made. Sometimes without the knowledge of those to whom they rightfully belong. It is even more frustrating that many people do not care about their personal data. Only by educating them about privacy risks and their rights can a democratic digital society be achieved
Nikita Mazurin
4th year. Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Metaphorically, the digital space is a jungle, any movement through which requires consideration of danger and orientation "on the ground". Arm yourself with the necessary tools and adapt to the world of information so as not to become a hostage to ignorance