Giving your details to restaurants and cafes: your rights, their obligations and privacy concerns
by Mahmoud Elkhodr, Lecturer in Information and Communication Technologies, CQUniversity Australia on June 24, 2020 at 8:15 pm
Official government guidelines say businesses should not collect customer details in a book or notepad where other customers can see them. But many establishments haven’t heeded the advice.
Why we need to know more about the UK government’s COVID-19 data project – and the companies working on it
by Eerke Boiten, Professor of Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University on June 24, 2020 at 12:14 pm
We don’t know what NHSX or its private partners Palantir and Faculty are doing with medical data.
Every step you take: why Google’s plan to buy Fitbit has the ACCC’s pulse racing
by Katharine Kemp, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Academic Lead, UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust, UNSW on June 23, 2020 at 3:42 am
The watchdog has voiced concerns over the proposed US$2.1 billion merger, from which both users and Australian health services could lose out.
Coronavirus: researchers no longer need consent to access your medical records
by Simon Kolstoe, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Healthcare and University Ethics Advisor, University of Portsmouth on May 31, 2020 at 8:17 pm
The UK government has quietly relaxed a confidentiality law that protects patient health data. Here’s why that matters.
Don’t be phish food! Tips to avoid sharing your personal information online
by Nik Thompson, Senior Lecturer, Curtin University on May 28, 2020 at 3:29 am
While some online services such as banking do warrant using your true information, many sites shouldn’t require the same level of disclosure. Here’s how to protect yourself in such cases.
The COVIDSafe app was just one contact tracing option. These alternatives guarantee more privacy
by Kelsie Nabben, Researcher / PhD Candidate, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University on April 30, 2020 at 4:04 am
One bespoke contact tracing device is a bluetooth ‘pen’ device, which can be handed in if diagnosed without relying on smartphones.
Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus
by Jane Bailey, Professor of Law and Co-Leader of The eQuality Project, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa on April 21, 2020 at 2:08 pm
Children in our schools are the latest at risk in a brave new age of surveillance and data control that is being catalyzed by hasty educational technology decisions under COVID-19.
Census 2020 will protect your privacy more than ever – but at the price of accuracy
by Nicholas N. Nagle, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee on April 6, 2020 at 12:05 pm
It’s important to strike a balance between protecting Americans’ privacy and having accurate statistics for governments and businesses to make data-based decisions.
Working from home risks online security and privacy – how to stay protected
by Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent on March 26, 2020 at 2:02 pm
Beware the #WorkFromHome selfie.
Why we need responsible data for children
by Andrew Young, Knowledge director, the Governance Lab, New York University on March 23, 2020 at 5:55 pm
In our increasingly datafied world, there is a clear need to develop and disseminate responsible approaches for handling data for and about children.
A plea to businesses: Don’t take away our paper bills!
by Joanne E. McNeish, Associate Professor, Marketing, Ryerson University on March 9, 2020 at 7:01 pm
In an era of data breaches and data privacy concerns, governments should enshrine in law a requirement for companies and banks to send paper bills and statements in order to protect consumers.
The census goes digital – 3 things to know
by Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University on February 25, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here’s what to be aware of.
AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce compliance
by Karuna Pande Joshi, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County on February 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm
Data privacy regulations are being adopted to protect internet users. Today, humans need to read those rules to ensure compliance. New research suggests machines could interpret them in real time.
How political party data collection may turn off voters
by Sara Bannerman, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, McMaster University on January 23, 2020 at 12:58 pm
Political parties protect themselves rather than voters in refusing to be bound by privacy laws.
Why people leave Facebook – and what it tells us about the future of social media
by Mark Whitehead, Professor of Human Geography, Aberystwyth University on January 8, 2020 at 11:12 am
Those who are leaving the platform represent a small, but by no means insignificant, counter current to the norm.
The federal government’s response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down
by Katharine Kemp, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Co-Leader, ‘Data as a Source of Market Power’ Research Stream of The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW on December 12, 2019 at 9:43 am
The ACCC’s inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia’s businesses and media.
Tim Berners-Lee: web inventor’s plan to save the internet is admirable, but doomed to fail
by Garfield Benjamin, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University on November 27, 2019 at 3:20 pm
Can we make the web more inclusive or will our online reality always be a lawless wasteland of trolls and lies?
The ugly truth: tech companies are tracking and misusing our data, and there’s little we can do
by Suranga Seneviratne, Lecturer – Security, University of Sydney on November 26, 2019 at 4:33 am
Most of us are probably having our data tracked in some form. And while there are regulatory safeguards in place to protect user privacy, it’s hard to say whether these are enough.
Your electronic health data: Understanding the different records, systems and how they connect
by Tracie Risling, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan on November 21, 2019 at 12:03 am
Know the difference between an EMR, EHR and PHR? Our digital data expert sets the record straight.
If you’ve given your DNA to a DNA database, US police may now have access to it
by Jane Tiller, Ethical, Legal & Social Adviser – Public Health Genomics, Monash University on November 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm
A US judge has allowed police access to the major DNA database without users’ consent (including Australian users). It’s a timely reminder that we urgently need genetic privacy legislation.
Website privacy options aren’t much of a choice since they’re hard to find and use
by Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University on October 31, 2019 at 12:55 pm
Many sites offer the ability to ‘opt out’ of targeted advertisements, but doing so isn’t easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.
Plain language about health data is essential for transparency and trust
by P. Alison Paprica, Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto on October 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm
As more data are collected, it’s important for the public to understand how their health information is being used. But user agreements are often complex, lengthy and written in inaccessible language.
In an age of Elsa/Spider-Man romantic mash ups, how to monitor YouTube’s children’s content?
by Jessica Balanzategui, Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies, Swinburne University of Technology on September 12, 2019 at 3:04 am
The complex user-generated nature of YouTube content for kids is proving difficult to control for the online giant, who have been issued with a US$170 million fine for breaching children’s privacy.
What’s private depends on who you are and where you live
by Richard Wilk, Distinguished Professor and Provost’s Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Open Anthropology Institute, Indiana University on August 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm
Privacy starts with the body and extends to digital data. There are few rules governing what companies can do – yet people can’t effectively protect their own privacy.
Here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back
by Katharine Kemp, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Co-Leader, ‘Data as a Source of Market Power’ Research Stream of The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW on August 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm
An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data – everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers.