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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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Quotes

He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

“In this changed regulatory setting, there is a market opportunity for Tim Berners-Lee's firm and others to offer individuals better ways to control their data.” — Peter Swire, Law and Ethics Professor , Georgia Tech


Peter Swire
Source: The New York Times
January 10, 2021

How to Use Apple's Privacy Labels for Apps

"In order for competition to happen on privacy, people have to be aware of what’s actually going on, or there’s no hope for apps differentiating themselves." — Lorrie Cranor, Professor of Security and Privacy Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University


Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: Consumer Reports
December 18, 2020

AI Decoded: France’s Risky Dance with Surveillance

“There is no facial recognition component in the current bill. A devil’s advocate could say once it is adopted, things could change.” — Théodore Christakis, Professor of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes
Theodore Christakis
Source: Politico
December 2, 2020

Remote Workers More at Risk for Social Engineered Deception and Cyberattack

“42 percent of the U.S. labor force [is] now working from home full-time. In fact, almost twice as many employees are working from home as at work.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University


Nicholas Bloom
Source: Security
November 16, 2020

Digital Hygiene in the Zoom Era

"When your camera is on, make sure your computer is facing the wall. Other than your cat dropping in, it should be hard for anyone to get into the frame.” — Lorrie Cranor, Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor in Security and Privacy Technologies, Carnegie Mellon University


Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The New York Times
October 22, 2020

A Super-surveillance Society and Its Impact on Democracy

No country with too strong or too weak state power can generate economic growth. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT
Daron Acemoglu
Source: The Japan Times
September 6, 2020

Wall St Has Never Seen a Company Like Palantir

“We need to come to a place where data controllers are required to have procedures and safeguards, and effective enforcement against abuse.” — Chris Hoofnagle, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley
Chris Hoofnagle
Source: FR24 News
September 4, 2020

Getting the First Amendment Wrong

Clearview AI is wrong about privacy and wrong about the First Amendment. It would have you believe that the moment you post a photo of yourself on Facebook or walk outside your house, you abandon any privacy interest in your image or your whereabouts because they are now “public.” — Woodrow Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeastern University and Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University
Woodrow Hartzog
Source: Boston Globe
September 4, 2020

Lawmakers Want Cyberprotection For University COVID-19 Research

“Too many people think that good cybersecurity just happens, and [Barr] obviously appreciates it takes leadership, commitment, and support.” — Fred Cate, Vice President for Research, Indiana University
Fred H. Cate
Source: Washington Examiner
August 20, 2020

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn’t do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

“Private browsing does not make you anonymous online. Anyone who can see your internet traffic – your school or employer, your internet service provider, government agencies, people snooping on your public wireless connection – can see your browsing activity.” — Lorrie Cranor, Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The Conversation
July 30, 2020
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TAP Blog

Shhhh, They’re Listening – Inside the Coming Voice-Profiling Revolution

Professor Joseph Turow, Annenberg School for Communication, discusses the technology changes in voice profiling, and explains how “companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice.”

Joseph Turow

Fact Sheets

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.

Featured Article

The Black Box Society

Financial service providers, insurers, and Internet companies collect vast amounts of data, but we know little about how they use this data to make decisions. New legal strategies are needed to check abuses.

By: Frank Pasquale