The EU is launching a market for personal data. Here’s what that means for privacy.

In a radical shift for the EU’s data governance strategy, the Trusts Project promotes data sharing as a civic  Anna Artyushinaarchive page August 11, 2020PHOTO BY DAVID WERBROUCK ON UNSPLASH The European Union has long been a trendsetter in privacy regulation. Its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and stringent antitrust laws have inspired new legislation around […]

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Tracking COVID-19 With the IoT May Put Your Privacy at Risk

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to balance public health and personal privacy By Stacey Higginbotham The Internet of Things makes the invisible visible. That’s the IoT’s greatest feature, but also its biggest potential drawback. More sensors on more people means the IoT becomes a visible web of human connections that we can use to, say, track […]

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Managing health privacy and bias in COVID-19 public surveillance

Nicol Turner Lee and Jordan RobertsTuesday, April 21, 2020TECHTANK Editor’s Note: A version of this blog post appeared on the website of the John Locke Foundation. The Center for Technology Innovation is hosting a webinar titled “Public health surveillance, AI bias, and risks to privacy in the fight against COVID-19” on April 21 at 2:00 PM. Register to […]

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In coronavirus fight, oft-criticized Facebook data aids U.S. cities, states

Katie Paul, Joseph Menn, Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook Inc mobile location data to provide daily updates to U.S. cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders aimed at slowing the novel coronavirus.A graph based on Facebook location data shared with health officials in New York City, showing […]

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How to stop your smart home spying on you

Everything in your smart home, from the lightbulbs to the thermostat, could be recording you or collecting data about you. What can you do to curb this intrusion? Davey Winder Sun 8 Mar 2020 13.00 GMTLast modified on Tue 10 Mar 2020 12.29 GMT During an interview with the BBC last year, Google’s senior vice-president for devices and services, Rick […]

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The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

Congressional hearings are urgently needed to address location tracking. “When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” wrote John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in a 2018 ruling that prevented the government from obtaining location data from cellphone towers […]

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US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

Supposedly an easier way to track attendance Sean [email protected]  Jan 28, 2020, 5:29pm EST Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options Barely over a year ago, we pointed out how dystopian it seemed when Chinese schools added “smart uniforms” to track their students’ attendance. But US colleges are already […]


Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data

An Avast antivirus subsidiary sells ‘Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.’ Its clients have included Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey. By Joseph CoxJan 27 2020, An antivirus program used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is selling highly sensitive web browsing data to many of the world’s biggest […]

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Library Freedom Institute, a one-of-a kind privacy-focused four-month program for librarians.

Privacy issues are a critical part of digital inclusion work. I participated in the last cohort of the Library Freedom Institute and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Whether you know a little or a lot about current privacy issues going in, you will learn a lot and meet a lot of very passionate, talented […]


In China, A New Call To Protect Data Privacy

January 5, 20209:00 AM ET EMILY FENG A pedestrian uses a smartphone while standing under surveillance cameras in Beijing last May.Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg via Getty Images China produces huge amounts of online data — and little of it is protected. That has led to a thriving market for stolen personal information, from national identification numbers to […]