- Body cameras help monitor police but can invade people’s privacyby Bryce C. Newell, Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy, University of Oregon on May 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm
Police body cameras have the potential to make private details about people’s lives, including some of the most stressful experiences of their lives, public and easily accessible online
- Privacy may be under threat, but its protection alone isn’t enough to preserve civil libertiesby Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art on March 23, 2021 at 12:32 pm
A privacy expert says citizens will need to exercise their right to public protest if they want to preserve their privacy.
- 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.
- What is HIPAA? 5 questions answered about the medical privacy law that protects Trump’s test results and yoursby Margaret Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy, University of Virginia on October 15, 2020 at 12:38 pm
A health law expert explains what the regulation does and doesn’t protect.
- Towards a post-privacy world: proposed bill would encourage agencies to widely share your databy Bruce Baer Arnold, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Canberra on September 16, 2020 at 7:30 am
The new bill would open the gates for your data to freely exchange hands between any ‘accredited’ agency. The proposal is more arrogant than it is effective.
- Data privacy: stricter European rules will have repercussions in Australia as global divisions growby Normann Witzleb, Associate Professor in Law, Monash University on July 30, 2020 at 7:56 pm
An EU decision on international data movements shows Australia’s rules for safeguarding personal information may need a rethink.
- Balancing privacy with public health: how well is South Africa doing?by Michael Sean Pepper, Director, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Medicine & SAMRC Extramural Unit for Stem Cell Research & Therapy, University of Pretoria on June 24, 2020 at 4:49 pm
In a country marred by systematic discrimination and continued social marginalisation, particular consideration needs to be given to the measures being used to contain the spread of COVID-19.
- With coronavirus containment efforts, what are the privacy rights of patients?by Hongyu Zhang, PhD Student in Geography, McGill University on March 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm
Some measures taken in China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have raised concerns about patient privacy. As other countries bring in containment measures, will patient privacy be compromised?
- How political party data collection may turn off votersby 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.
- If you’ve given your DNA to a DNA database, US police may now have access to itby 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.
- Ben Stokes v The Sun: gross intrusion or simple reportage? How media privacy law worksby Rebecca Moosavian, Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds on September 19, 2019 at 8:59 am
Was The Sun’s story about England’s Ashes hero an invasion of privacy?
- 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.
- As privacy is lost a fingerprint at a time, a biometric rebel asserts our rightsby 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.
- 74 screens of legalese don’t protect your data – here’s a blueprint for new laws that could make a differenceby 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.
- Animal activists v private landowners: what does the law say?by Rick Sarre, Adjunct Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of South Australia on January 24, 2019 at 3:38 am
Aussie Farms’ have map showing locations where farms or producers treat animal cruelly has caused outrage with many claiming it is illegal. So, what does the law actually say about this?
- New data access bill shows we need to get serious about privacy with independent oversight of the lawby Greg Austin, Professor UNSW Canberra Cyber, UNSW on August 14, 2018 at 4:14 am
The succession of data access legislation in the Australian parliament is fast becoming a Mad Hatter’s tea party. We need better oversight, and fast.
- Turning your health data into a “wellness score” might not be good for youby L.F. Carver, Post Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s University and Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) (SSHRC funded), Queen’s University, Ontario on August 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm
Financial institutions and stores judge our credit-worthiness based on how we handle our money. But we should be cautious of letting others compile our health data into a "wellness report."
- Supreme Court ruling adds privacy protection for the digital ageby Jonathan Weinberg, Professor of Law, Wayne State University on June 26, 2018 at 10:42 am
People’s most private information isn’t on paper locked in desks anymore – it’s online, stored on corporate servers. The Supreme Court now says some privacy protections cover that data.
- New European rules may give US internet users true privacy choices for the first timeby 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.
- Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrongby Martin Kretschmer, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Glasgow on May 24, 2018 at 7:35 am
Information extracted from copyrighted material should not be seen as an infringement. Such analytical use is good for society.
- Small charities face bankruptcy for not complying with GDPR, but put clients at risk if they doby Shamal Faily, Senior Lecturer in Systems Security Engineering, Bournemouth University on May 21, 2018 at 10:53 am
Small charities aren’t like small companies, and the way they operate may pose greater risks under GDPR than for others.
- What does GDPR mean for me? An explainerby Michael Parker, Membership Editor, The Conversation UK on May 16, 2018 at 1:30 am
Everything you wanted to know but were scared to ask about… the General Data Protection Regulation (coming to a country near you).
- Why your app is updating its privacy settings and how this will affect businessesby Claudio Bozzi, Lecturer in Law, Deakin University on May 2, 2018 at 8:20 pm
Australian businesses will not be forced to comply with or fall foul of the new data regulation merely because they maintain websites accessible in the EU.
- It’s time we demanded the protection of our personal databy Rozita Dara, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph on April 25, 2018 at 10:44 pm
Canadians — and consumers around the world — have the power to hold industries accountable for misuse or unauthorized use of our data. It’s time to use it.
- Facebook’s social responsibility should include privacy protectionby Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Director, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University on April 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here’s how it could start meeting them.