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Right To Privacy

7 Conundrums of the Right to be Forgotten

The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has re-ignited debate about the “right to be forgotten”, or perhaps more accurately the right to have certain information purged from the Internet. While this right provides some real privacy benefits, it runs up against free speech and jurisdictional problems. Here are seven conundrums around [...]

The one thing you need to do about password breaches

The recent Ebay password compromise is just the latest in a string of similar attacks. Each time we hear a call for people to change their passwords. Sometimes the attacked company will require password changes, but more often it is just a suggestion; a suggestion that a majority choose to ignore. Further exacerbating the problem [...]

This Week: Internet Privacy

ABC’s This Week did a segment on Internet privacy, including a discussion of Europe’s new ruling on the right to be forgotten. Watch the segment here. Privacy Lives

PBS Frontline: The United States of Secrets

PBS’s “Frontline” aired the first of a two-part series on the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance programs, which were revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “Frontline” says it “goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people [...]

Politico: Who watches the watchers? Big Data goes unchecked

Politico looks beyond the National Security Agency surveillance controversy to the data collection done on everyday Americans by commercial data brokers who then sell this information to others: Commercial data brokers know if you have diabetes. Your electric company can see what time you come home at night. And tracking companies can tell where you [...]

Secret apps that have access to your message are not so secret.

Whistleblowers Beware: Apps Like Whisper and Secret Will Rat You Out | Business | WIRED Here is more evidence that, if a service has access to your information, that it can get out. In this case the privacy services Whisper and Secret have privacy policies that say they will release messages tied to your identity [...]

Ars Technica: App changes its privacy policy ten days after Facebook acquisition

Ars Technica reports on a change in the privacy policy of fitness-tracking mobile app Moves: Mere days after the fitness-tracking app Moves assured users about their privacy after its acquisition by Facebook, the company has changed its privacy policy to allow itself to share data with third parties. The Wall Street Journal reported the changes late Monday, which were pushed [...]

FTC: Snapchat Settles Charges That Promises of Disappearing Messages Were False

The Federal Trade Commission announced that messaging service Snapchat has agreed to a proposed settlement (subject to public comment) on charges that the app violated the privacy of its users. The FTC said: Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with [...]

Choose what you protect, because anonymity is really hard.

Meet The Woman Who Did Everything In Her Power To Hide Her Pregnancy From Big Data | ThinkProgress Janet Vertesi, sociology professor at Princeton, recently tried an on-line experiment. She had just discovered that she was pregnant, and wanted to see if it would be possible to hide that fact from “big data”. Could she [...]

Op-Ed at Telegraph (UK): Privacy matters in ‘internet of things’ innovation race

I’ve written before about the “Internet of Things,” which is a computerized network of physical objects. In IoT, sensors and data storage devices embedded in objects interact with Web services. (For more on privacy and the IoT, see a Center for Democracy and Technology report that I consulted on and contributed to, “Building the Digital Out-Of-Home Privacy Infrastructure.”) In [...]