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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Growth in Surveillance Technology Pits Law Enforcement Against Privacy Concerns

“Technologies have become cheaper and more powerful. And more and more of us today have publicly available images of ourselves and our faces online. The opportunities for surveillance have become commonplace and nearly ubiquitous.” — name, position, institution

Alessandro Acquisti
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune
April 10, 2022

Swipe Right When You See a Conference Room You Like

“Companies have tracked employee phone and computer use for years, but these apps “take employee surveillance to a new level.” — Lorrie Faith Cranor, Professor of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Lorrie Faith Cranor
Source: The New York Times
January 18, 2022

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
Source: NPR
November 15, 2021

Privacy Concerns Aren't Keeping Automakers From Selling Massive Amounts of Your Data

“I think that it is high time that we have national privacy legislation that would reach consumer deceiving and unfair practices by companies around privacy.” — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
Source: Newsweek
October 27, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“This is such a terrifying assault on intimate privacy. It incentivizes spying and exposure of women and girls and their intimate relationships and reproductive life that is unfathomably troubling.” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Danielle Citron
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

Talking about abortion online in Texas? What you say on Facebook or Twitter could hurt you

“The net result of the new Texas law will be to chill all speech, online and off.” — Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: USA Today
September 4, 2021

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

“Using the human body for discriminating among people is something that we should not do.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems & Industries, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
Source: The New York Times
May 19, 2021

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

“Consider, too, the discrimination that can take place if voice profilers follow some scientists’ claims that it is possible to use an individual’s vocalizations to tell the person’s height, weight, race, gender, and health.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems, Annenberg School for Communication

Joseph Turow
Source: Fast Company
May 3, 2021

The EU Is Considering a Ban on AI for Mass Surveillance and Social Credit Scores

“If the proposals are passed, said Tene, it will create a “vast regulatory ecosystem.” — Omer Tene, Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer, IAPP

Omer Tene
Source: The Verge
April 14, 2021

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
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Key Quotes from BREACHED!

Professors Daniel Solove and Woodrow Hartzog present some key quotes from their new book, BREACHED! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It (Oxford University Press, 2022).

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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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The Costs of Not Using Data: Balancing Privacy and the Perils of Inaction

Some legal norms direct organizations to limit use of data, but others compel use of data to benefit the public. Data collectors may serve as information fiduciaries, obligated to act in users’ interests.

By: Omer Tene, Gabe Maldoff