Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

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The Always-On Police Camera

"Facial recognition is probably the most menacing, dangerous surveillance technology ever invented. We should all be extremely skeptical of having it deployed in any wearable technology, particularly in contexts [where] the surveilled are so vulnerable, such as in many contexts involving law enforcement." — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law and Computer Science, Northeastern University

Woodrow Hartzog
Source: The Atlantic
September 26, 2018

The Cybersecurity 202: Lawmakers Want Intelligence Chiefs to Help Counter Threat from Doctored Videos

"Having the director of national intelligence reporting to Congress, having the threat bandied about very publicly, could get platforms to work more on these problems. This is the kind of feedback loop we need." — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
Source: The Washington Post
September 14, 2018

Let’s Retire the Phrase ‘Privacy Policy’

"‘Privacy policy’ – People assume it means their information will be kept private. Nothing could be further from the truth." — Joseph Turow, Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
Source: The New York Times
August 20, 2018

The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won

This article outlines the path one California resident, Alastair Mactaggart, took to pursue privacy legislation through a statewide ballot initiative. University of California, Berkeley privacy expert Chris Hoofnagle was asked to share his expertise.

Chris Hoofnagle
Source: The New York Times Magazine
August 14, 2018

Inside the Decades-Long Fight to Protect Your Children’s Data From Advertisers

"I want these tools, you want these tools, everyone wants these tools. The question is: on what terms are they offered to you?" — Chris Hoofnagle, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Chris Hoofnagle
Source: New York Magazine
August 13, 2018

Twitter Target of Accused Capital Gazette Gunman Says Gaps in Maryland Law Allowed Threats to Persist

"You can offend people, you can draw strong emotion, but it’s protected speech." — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
Source: NBC Washington
August 6, 2018

Drugstore Rewards Programs Can Help You Save

"Drugstore chains may, for instance, monitor your credit card purchases in their stores to help them anticipate what you might buy in the future." — Joseph Turow, Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
Source: Consumer Reports
July 25, 2018

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

"The risk of improper use is extremely high. And data scores are not properly vetted and validated and available for scrutiny." — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Frank Pasquale
Source: NPR’s Morning Edition
July 17, 2018

Schools Face Civil Liberties Battles in Effort to Adopt Facial Recognition

As Evan Selinger, a professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, pointed out in a recent essay, facial recognition is a technology so "potently, uniquely danger," "so inherently toxic," it warrants being "completely rejected, banned, and stigmatized" — not just in schools, but everywhere.

Evan Selinger
Source: The Journal
July 17, 2018

Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked

"What the court’s going to do in a searching way, realizing free speech and anonymous speech is on the line, is ask: Is there a real lawsuit here?" — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
Source: The New York Times
July 1, 2018
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