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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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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

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
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TAP Blog

Is the California Legislature Addicted to Performative Election-Year Stunts That Threaten the Internet? (Comments on AB2408)

Santa Clara internet law scholar Eric Goldman writes about California AB2408, proposed legislation intended to address social media platforms that are addictive to children.

Eric Goldman

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.

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The Trouble with Article 25 (and How to Fix It): The Future of Data Protection by Design and Default

Article 25 of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) suggests that data controllers use privacy enhancing technologies (PETs). Regulators should interpret Article 25 to require the use of engineering techniques to enhance privacy.

By: Ira Rubinstein, Nathaniel Good