Tracking your location and targeted texts: how sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown
by Jon MacKay, Lecturer, Business Analytics, University of Auckland on March 27, 2020 at 8:10 am
Automated text messages if your phone detects you’re a long way from home, or discounted home internet, are just a few possible technology solutions to make New Zealanders "stay home to save lives".
DNS-over-HTTPS: why the web’s latest privacy tech is causing an outcry
by Gareth Tyson, Senior Lecturer in Computer science, Queen Mary University of London on October 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm
Web browsers are introducing encryption technology that could stop governments spying on you – and catching criminals.
Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever
by Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex on September 6, 2019 at 11:39 am
The law is out of step with technology that means anyone can manipulate your images in hyper-realistic ways.
Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail
by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University on July 29, 2019 at 12:25 pm
There’s no way an independent assessor will be able to actually monitor how Facebook might violate or abuse users’ privacy in key ways.
As privacy is lost a fingerprint at a time, a biometric rebel asserts our rights
by Peter Holland, Professor in Human Resource Management and Employee Relations, Swinburne University of Technology on June 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm
Biometric data is forever. Any employer seeking to collect it has big obligations to meet. And employees have the right to object.
Data insecurity leads to economic injustice – and hits the pocketbooks of the poor most
by Michele Gilman, Venable Professor of Law, University of Baltimore on April 30, 2019 at 10:43 am
The drumbeat of data breaches and the growing problem of identity theft disproportionately harm low-income Americans.
How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy
by Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs & Associate Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University on April 22, 2019 at 10:45 am
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
74 screens of legalese don’t protect your data – here’s a blueprint for new laws that could make a difference
by Fred H. Cate, Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University on April 10, 2019 at 10:48 am
Consumers want better protection for their data, and businesses want clear national laws. Yet there is virtually no consensus about what a broad privacy law should entail.
What your pet’s microchip has to do with the Mark of the Beast
by Jordan Frith, Associate Professor of Technical Communication, University of North Texas on April 3, 2019 at 10:47 am
Tiny electronic items can identify pets, clothes and even people. Evangelical Christians aren’t the only people worried about what this technology might mean.
Four flagship measurements of the GDPR for the economy
by Patrick Waelbroeck, Professeur d’économie, Télécom Paris – Institut Mines-Télécom on February 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm
The General Data Protection Regulations have been in force since May 2018. Analysis of its four key measures: labels, liability obligation, portability and pseudonymisation.
The legal implications of digital privacy
by Florencio Travieso, Professeur Associé. Droit international des affaires, Business and Compliance, International arbitration, EM Lyon on January 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm
Lessons on the shaping of current privacy and technology notions by the US Supreme Court.
Supreme Court struggles to define ‘searches’ as technology changes
by Behzad Mirhashem, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Practice Clinic, University of New Hampshire on July 26, 2018 at 10:38 am
A recent US Supreme Court ruling marks a new milestone in the debate over police power and privacy in the digital age.
New European rules may give US internet users true privacy choices for the first time
by John Rothchild, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University on June 14, 2018 at 10:44 am
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
I want your (anonymized) social media data
by Anthony Sanford, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington on June 6, 2018 at 10:38 am
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it’s important to protect users’ privacy. How can both ends meet?
Internet openness pits collaborative history against competitive future
by Lorenzo De Carli, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Colorado State University on April 27, 2018 at 10:44 am
The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining
by Aram Sinnreich, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, American University School of Communication on April 11, 2018 at 2:42 pm
For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
How you helped create the crisis in private data
by Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University on April 10, 2018 at 5:39 pm
The current reckoning with data has been a long time coming, a historian of privacy in the US writes.
Fragmented US privacy rules leave large data loopholes for Facebook and others
by Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor of Information; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan on April 10, 2018 at 10:36 am
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what’s happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
#DeleteFacebook is still feeding the beast – but there are ways to overcome surveillance capitalism
by Yuwei Lin, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies, University of Stirling on March 26, 2018 at 10:17 am
Slacktivism won’t cut it in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Gig platforms’ claims over worker chat groups: fraught territory indeed
by Kimberlee Weatherall, Professor and Associate Dean (Research) The University of Sydney Law School, University of Sydney on March 16, 2018 at 6:46 am
Could an employer or platform claim copyright in a chat group? We’d first have to accept that conversations in a chat group are protected by copyright.
Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to
by Guevara Noubir, Professor of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University on February 6, 2018 at 11:37 am
It’s not just fitness trackers – mobile phones can reveal users’ whereabouts too, even with location tracking turned off.
Violent past, digital future: Angela Merkel’s remarks at Davos
by Elizabeth Heineman, Professor of History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa on January 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm
Will young Germans remember their history – and will older German embrace the digital future?
An armed robber’s Supreme Court case could affect all Americans’ digital privacy for decades to come
by H.V. Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan on November 29, 2017 at 2:25 am
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
Facebook wants your nude photos to prevent ‘revenge porn’ – here’s why you should be sceptical
by Amy Binns, Senior Lecturer, Journalism and Digital Communication, University of Central Lancashire on November 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm
Facebook’s record raises serious questions about whether it can be trusted with our most intimate images.
7 in 10 smartphone apps share your data with third-party services
by Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Research Assistant Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute, Madrid, Spain; Research Scientist, Networking and Security, International Computer Science Institute based at, University of California, Berkeley on May 30, 2017 at 1:48 am
When smartphone apps get permission to access your location or other activity, they often share that data with other companies that can compile digital profiles on users.