Tag Archives: privacy

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Schools globally have scrambled to adopt or expand use of technology to minimize learning disruptions related to COVID-19. Educational technology has long posed serious privacy and equality problems, and these problems are now reaching a boiling point. Hasty choices now could have long-term impacts. We are part of a seven-year research initiative, The eQuality Project, which examines young people’s experiences with privacy and […] … learn more→

What’s private depends on who you are and where you live

What’s private depends on who you are and where you live

Citizens and policymakers around the world are grappling with how to limit companies’ use of data about individuals – and how private various types of information should be. But anthropologists like me know that cultures vary widely in their views of what is private and who is responsible for protecting privacy. Just like online privacy, real-world privacy […] … learn more→

Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail

Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail

The Federal Trade Commission issued its largest-ever fine, of US$5 billion, to Facebook for violating a 2011 privacy settlement in late July. But the amount is only about a month’s worth of the company’s revenue, suggesting that the fine, while seeming large, is, in fact, rather modest. More significantly, Facebook is required to have an “outside assessor” – a […] … learn more→

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right. For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from occasionally scolding companies such as Equifax and Marriott after their major data breaches. In its absence, states have taken the lead in experimenting with […] … learn more→

Is anything ever ‘forgotten’ online?

Is anything ever ‘forgotten’ online?

When someone types your name into Google, suppose the first link points to a newspaper article about you going bankrupt 15 years ago, or to a YouTube video of you smoking cigarettes 20 years ago, or simply a webpage that includes personal information such as your current home address, your birth date, or your Social […] … learn more→

Apple versus FBI: All Writs Act’s age should not bar its use

Apple versus FBI: All Writs Act’s age should not bar its use

A federal magistrate judge in California has issued a warrant ordering Apple to assist the FBI in accessing data on an iPhone used by a suspect in the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting. Apple’s public refusal to comply with the order – and its motion asking a judge to reverse the order – has […] … learn more→

Are we more than our data?

Are we more than our data?

Once servers loaded with information about who we talk to, where we go, what we do, what we buy, which websites we visit, how we behave on them, etc. Edward Snowden got in a huge amount of trouble for hinting us the level of surveillance watching over us. It can feel pretty creepy and oddly […] … learn more→

Edward Snowden explains how to reclaim your privacy

Edward Snowden explains how to reclaim your privacy

Last month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square. It was the first time we’d met in person; he first emailed me nearly two years earlier, and we eventually created an encrypted channel to journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, to whom Snowden would disclose overreaching mass surveillance by the National Security Agency and […] … learn more→

Is there a teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack?

Why would anyone use their official work or school email address to register for a website that promises to facilitate extramarital affairs? Reports indicate that there are 74,468 unique “.edu” email addresses in the recently hacked user database of AshleyMadison.com. Might we not expect educators and students to have a better understanding of the internet […] … learn more→