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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Why Tech Giants Will Love the Supreme Court's Ruling for Digital Privacy

"We’ve entered an age in which people are constantly sharing lots of information about themselves with Google or with AT&T or with their internet service provider. All of the sudden the fact that that information is being shared does not mean that the government can get that information without a search warrant." — Lior Strahilevitz, Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Lior Strahilevitz
Source: Yahoo Finance
June 22, 2018

Bias Detectives: The Researchers Striving to Make Algorithms Fair

"What concerns me most is the idea that we’re coming up with systems that are supposed to ameliorate problems [but] that might end up exacerbating them." — Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford
Source: Nature
June 20, 2018

The Three Major Forms of Surveillance on Facebook

"Commercial and political entities are able to exploit the targeting and predictive power of Facebook through its advertising system. Through what we reveal on our profiles, other Facebook users can watch and track us as we build or break relationships with others, move around, recommend and comment on various posts, and express our opinions and preferences. And governments use Facebook to spy on citizens or anyone they consider suspicious, either by establishing Facebook accounts that appear to be those of friends or allies or by breaking through Facebook security to gather data directly." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Slate
June 12, 2018

From Westworld to Best World for the Internet of Things

"Companies making a critical mass of internet-enabled products should be required to post a “networked safety bond” to be cashed in if they abandon maintenance for a product, or fold entirely. Insurers can price bonds according to companies’ security practices." — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University

Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The New York Times
June 3, 2018

The GDPR Is Just the Latest Example of Europe's Caution on Privacy Rights. That Outlook Has a Disturbing History

"There [is] this misperception that it’s a protectionist response, but the roots are much deeper. We trace them back to World War II and the atrocities of the Nazis, who systematically abused private data to identify Jews and other minority groups." — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Anu Bradford
Source: Time
May 24, 2018

Facebook and the ‘Dead Body’ Problem

"Most privacy problems lack dead bodies." — Daniel Solove, Professor of Law, George Washington University

Daniel J. Solove
Source: The New York Times Magazine
April 24, 2018

Facebook and the ‘Dead Body’ Problem

The old public-private distinction postulates "only two contexts with distinct sets of informational norms for each — privacy constraints in the private, anything goes in the public. The framework of contextual integrity, by contrast, postulates a multiplicity of social contexts, each with a distinctive set of rules governing information flows." — Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Information Science, Cornell Tech

Helen Nissenbaum
Source: The New York Times Magazine
April 24, 2018

Will the FTC Come Down Hard on Facebook? It's Only Happened Twice in 20 Years

"One has to make an argument that consumers were deceived about friend information sharing, and that’s a difficult point to prove." — Chris Hoofnagle, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley

Chris Hoofnagle
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2018

Will the FTC Come Down Hard on Facebook? It's Only Happened Twice in 20 Years

"In many ways, money will be the least of Facebook’s concerns. With a market capitalization of $485 billion, even hundreds of millions of dollars is just a rounding error for Facebook. Far more damaging could be a new settlement the FTC might bring against the company, one that imposes even stronger conditions on how it can treat users' data – and make money from it – in the future." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University

William E. Kovacic
Source: USA Today
April 17, 2018

Here’s Why Sandy Hook Parents and Others Are Suing Alex Jones

"It’s clearly a moment where people are saying enough is enough." — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

Danielle Citron
Source: The Washington Post
April 17, 2018
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