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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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New Books Published by TAP Scholars in 2021

Introduction to recent books by TAP scholars that examine issues about privacy, AI, patents, antitrust, national security, and cloud computing.

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Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

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There's an app to help prove vax status, but experts say choose wisely

“We have nowadays protocols, which allow for certain data to be verified, and used, without compromising individual's identity” — Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Alessandro Acquisti
NPR
November 15, 2021

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Designing Commercial Therapeutic Robots for Privacy Preserving Systems and Ethical Research Practices Within the Home

Robots designed for therapeutic purposes are now available in many countries. These robots collect sensitive data over long periods of time. In the United States, health privacy laws do not always cover data collected by robots in the home.

By: Deirdre Mulligan, Elaine Sedenberg, John Chuang