- ACIC thinks there are no legitimate uses of encryption. They’re wrong, and here’s why it mattersby Gernot Heiser, Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair, UNSW on May 18, 2021 at 3:17 am
People have plenty of legitimate reasons to use encrypted communications platforms such as WhatsApp or Signal for their own security and privacy.
- Apple’s new ‘app tracking transparency’ has angered Facebook. How does it work, what’s all the fuss about, and should you use it?by Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University on April 28, 2021 at 6:49 am
Apple’s latest iPhone operating system lets you opt out of having your online habits tracked by the apps you use. That’s a big part of Facebook’s business model, but don’t expect a privacy revolution.
- ACCC ‘world first’: Australia’s Federal Court found Google misled users about personal location databy Katharine Kemp, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UNSW, and Academic Lead, UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust, UNSW on April 19, 2021 at 5:59 am
Companies are allowed to track users as much as they like — as long as they spell it out in the fine print. But a ground-breaking Australian legal judgement should give them pause.
- Privacy erosion by design: why the Federal Court should throw the book at Google over location data trackingby Jeannie Marie Paterson, Professor of Law, The University of Melbourne on April 19, 2021 at 5:19 am
To deter Google and other big tech companies from misleading users about data collection, the Federal Court should impose heavy fines.
- 83% of Australians want tougher privacy laws. Now’s your chance to tell the government what you wantby Normann Witzleb, Associate Professor in Law, Monash University on November 11, 2020 at 2:53 am
Australia has hesitated in the past to adopt a strong privacy framework. A new government review provides an opportunity to improve data protection rules to an internationally competitive standard.
- A circular economy could end waste – at the cost of our privacyby Nigel Walton, Assistant Professor, School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University on November 9, 2020 at 3:39 pm
Manufacturers will increasingly track the products they sell to make recycling them more profitable.
- People want data privacy but don’t always know what they’re gettingby Gabriel Kaptchuk, Researcher Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Boston University on October 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm
Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.
- Netflix’s The Social Dilemma highlights the problem with social media, but what’s the solution?by Belinda Barnet, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, Swinburne University of Technology on October 6, 2020 at 5:28 am
The documentary educates viewers about the problems social networks present to both our privacy and agency online. But it doesn’t really tell us how to fight the tide.
- We need a code to protect our online privacy and wipe out ‘dark patterns’ in digital designby Cherie Lacey, Lecturer in Media Studies, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington on September 16, 2020 at 3:34 am
There are calls for better web design standards to ensure greater personal data and privacy protection.
- Digital identity: new UK scheme risks running a repeat of ID card controversyby Maureen Meadows, Professor of Strategic Management, Coventry University on September 10, 2020 at 2:20 pm
A digital ID will only work if people are allowed to keep control of their data.
- Can I still be hacked with 2FA enabled?by David Tuffley, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & CyberSecurity, Griffith University on September 3, 2020 at 8:01 pm
Two-factor authentication is certainly an added layer of security as we traverse the online world. But it comes in various forms, and they’re not all equally protective.
- Controlling children’s passwords is a flagrant breach of their privacyby Claudiu Popa, Author and Lecturer in Fintech Cybersecurity, Information Risk and Enterprise Privacy Management, University of Toronto on August 27, 2020 at 8:15 pm
Children need to learn how to manage their own accounts and passwords as an extension of their identity.
- Cyberspace is critical infrastructure – it will take effective government oversight to make it safeby Francine Berman, Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on August 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Self-regulation by the technology industry has failed to keep people safe online. That’s a job for government.
- Private browsing: What it does – and doesn’t do – to shield you from prying eyes on the webby Lorrie Cranor, Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University on July 30, 2020 at 12:10 pm
Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don’t read too much into the word ‘private.’
- China could be using TikTok to spy on Australians, but banning it isn’t a simple fixby Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University on July 7, 2020 at 7:54 pm
The US is also ‘looking at’ banning the Chinese social media app.
- Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfectby Elizabeth Stoycheff, Associate Professor of Communication, Wayne State University on April 10, 2020 at 12:17 pm
Zoom’s privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform’s risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
- AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce complianceby 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.
- Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordingsby Garfield Benjamin, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University on January 20, 2020 at 3:36 pm
Hey Alexa, who are you sharing my data with?
- Facebook’s push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophilesby Roberto Musotto, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellow, Edith Cowan University on December 16, 2019 at 5:24 am
Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren’t happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.
- Website privacy options aren’t much of a choice since they’re hard to find and useby 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.
- DNS-over-HTTPS: why the web’s latest privacy tech is causing an outcryby 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 everby 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.
- What’s private depends on who you are and where you liveby 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 backby 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.
- Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to failby 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.