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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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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

Here Are All the Battlefronts TikTok Is Currently Fighting On

“If a bunch of congressmen go to their teenagers and say they've banned their favorite app, there might be a lot of pushback and that could matter.” — Mark Lemley, Professor of Law, Stanford University
Mark Lemley
Source: CNN Business
July 20, 2020

Did You Protest Recently? Your Face Might Be in a Database

“Are the police definitely using facial recognition right now to track protesters? Nobody knows.” — Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology
Evan Selinger
Source: The Guardian
July 17, 2020

Nobody reads privacy policies. This senator wants lawmakers to stop pretending we do.

“Rather than saying, ‘Everything is permitted, and we'll try to legislate against certain things,’ it goes in the opposite direction.” — Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland
Frank Pasquale
Source: The Washington Post
June 18, 2020

Are Digital Giants Like Facebook Destructive by Design?

“Perhaps the problem is not irrationality, but instead it’s cold-eyed rationality in response to an observed failure in privacy protection.” — Ed Felton, Computer Scientist, Princeton University

 


Edward Felten
Source: Columbia Journalism Review’s: The Media Today
June 18, 2020

Contact Tracing – The Privacy Vs Urgency Dilemma for Governments in the Fight Against COVID-19

“Either you have a system unlikely to help people navigate their world, to leave their house and feel safe, or you have privacy trade-offs.”
 — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington
M. Ryan Calo
Source: South China Morning Post
June 4, 2020
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Brazil’s LGPD: Its Sudden Jolt to Life and Its Key Requirements

George Washington University privacy law professor Daniel Solove provides some information about the LGPD, Brazil’s new privacy law.

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Algorithmic Impact Assessments under the GDPR: Producing Multi-layered Explanations

The European Union's General Data Protection Direction (GDPR) addresses concerns with automated decision-making. Impact assessments support both individual privacy rights and oversight of the entire system.

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