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 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.
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.
Ben Stokes v The Sun: gross intrusion or simple reportage? How media privacy law works
by 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 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.
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.
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 law
by 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 you
by 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 age
by 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 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.
Data mining: why the EU’s proposed copyright measures get it wrong
by 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 do
by 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 explainer
by 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 businesses
by 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 data
by 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 protection
by 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.
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?
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.
Australia should strengthen its privacy laws and remove exemptions for politicians
by David Vaile, Teacher of cyberspace law, UNSW on March 22, 2018 at 4:37 am
It’s time for a new discussion about the rules around privacy and politics in Australia – one in which the privacy interests of individuals are front and centre.
Max Mosley’s past and present: why the public has a right to know
by Tim Crook, Professor in Media and Communication, Goldsmiths, University of London on March 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm
There is a clear public interest in investigating the activities of this billionaire political donor and privacy campaigner.
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?
Nobody reads privacy policies – here’s how to fix that
by Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor of Information; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan on October 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Consumers can’t read, understand or use information in companies’ privacy policies. So they end up less informed and less protected than they’d like to be. New research shows a better way.