Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfect
by 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 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.
Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings
by 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 paedophiles
by 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Consumer watchdog calls for new measures to combat Facebook and Google’s digital dominance
by Rob Nicholls, Senior lecturer in Business Law, UNSW on July 26, 2019 at 6:22 am
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses’ ability to compete on their own merits.
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.
Facebook’s ‘pivot’ is less about privacy and more about profits
by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University on March 14, 2019 at 10:38 am
CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s claimed intent to focus on privacy will be hard to execute, will not happen soon and does not address major concerns about the company’s role in society.
Kids need to learn about cybersecurity, but teachers only have so much time in the day
by Joanne Orlando, Researcher: Technology and Learning, Western Sydney University on February 26, 2019 at 5:33 am
While shifting cyber safety education beyond privacy is a step in the right direction, teachers already have to contend with an overcrowded curriculum.
Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about
by Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent on January 16, 2019 at 12:44 pm
If you’re worried your phone is recording your private conversations, look closer at the data you’ve already agreed to give away.
Transparency and privacy: Empowering people through blockchain
by Ajay Kumar Shrestha, PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan on January 15, 2019 at 11:35 pm
Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
When ‘what’s on your mind’ is tragic, not happy – sharing sad news on social media
by Nazanin Andalibi, Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan on October 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm
How do women decide whether – and what – to say about their pregnancy loss experiences on social media?
Illuminating the ‘dark web’
by Robert Gehl, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Utah on October 30, 2018 at 10:46 am
Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.
Proposed police super-database breaks the law and has no legal basis – but the Home Office doesn’t care
by Matthew White, PhD Candidate, Sheffield Hallam University on October 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm
Allowing the police unfettered use of vast databases of information will begin to tilt the balance of power towards totalitarianism.
Should Grindr users worry about what China will do with their data?
by Guido Noto La Diega, Senior Lecturer in Cyber Law and Intellectual Property, Northumbria University, Newcastle on August 31, 2018 at 10:22 am
What to make of Grindr’s acquisition by a Chinese corporate group.
As emerging economies bring their citizens online, global trust in internet media is changing
by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University on July 23, 2018 at 10:24 am
Three trends suggest people in less developed nations – who are coming online in greater numbers – use and trust the internet very differently those in more developed economies.
Cambridge Analytica used our secrets for profit – the same data could be used for public good
by William David Watkin, Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Literature, Brunel University London on July 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Something good could come from the Cambridge Analytica scandal if we used the same data to fix society, rather than profit from it.
Another day, another data breach – what to do when it happens to you
by Cassandra Cross, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Queensland University of Technology on July 3, 2018 at 8:12 pm
Data breaches are fact of modern life. It’s likely each of us will have our personal information compromised at some point. Here’s how to reduce the risk and limit the damage if and when it occurs.
The privacy problem with camera traps: you don’t know who else could be watching
by Paul D Meek, Adjunct Lecturer in School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England on June 18, 2018 at 5:17 am
Remote cameras used to track wildlife in Australia could pose a privacy risk, especially if the images they capture fall into the wrong hands.