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New York Times: The Privacy Paradox, a Challenge for Business

The New York Times reports on a new study concerning privacy sponsored by data-storage company EMC: People around the world are thrilled by the ease and convenience of their smartphones and Internet services, but they aren’t willing to trade their privacy to get more of it. That is the top-line finding of a new study of 15,000 [...]

New York Times: Irish Regulator Finds Himself at Heart of Privacy Debate

The New York Times profiles Billy Hawkes, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, and discusses how he is a big part of the international privacy debate: When Mr. Hawkes took over in 2005 as Ireland’s data protection commissioner, he said, it was a relatively quiet job focused on local issues. But in the years since, Ireland has become [...]

New York Times: How Urban Anonymity Disappears When All Data is Tracked

The New York Times reports on the question of privacy through anonymity in public and how that can change as there is more constant surveillance of public spaces and retention of that surveillance data: Information about our innocuous public acts is denser in urban areas, and can now be cheaply aggregated. Cameras and sensors, increasingly [...]

New York Times: Privacy in the War Without End

The New York Times considers the question of balancing privacy rights and national security: How should we think about balancing civil liberties and national security? It may depend on what a speech later this year tells us about how a modern war really ends. At the end of 2014, most of the United States military [...]

New York Times: Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used

The New York Times reports on yesterday’s MIT- and White House-sponsored workshop “Big Data Privacy” and what all that data gathering and use means for average individuals’ privacy rights. The event is part of the White House’s recently announced review of privacy and big data. The Times reports: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — With the success of [...]

Op-Ed at New York Times: A Second Front in the Privacy Wars

In an editorial, the New York Times discusses privacy rights: More than a year before Edward Snowden exposed the vast reach of government surveillance, President Obama proposed a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to protect Americans from the prying eyes of Internet companies, advertisers and other businesses. [...] Last month, Mr. Obama tapped his special adviser, John [...]

New York Times: No U.S. Action, So States Move on Privacy Law

The New York Times reports on moves in the states to pass legislation concerning individuals’ privacy rights in a variety of situations, including mobile, drones and biometrics: State legislatures around the country, facing growing public concern about the collection and trade of personal data, have rushed to propose a series of privacy laws, from limiting [...]

New York Times: Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet

The New York Times reports on a story concerning student privacy and their activities online: Now, as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media, educators have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock. And some schools are turning to technology to help them. Several companies offer services to filter [...]

New York Times: Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance

The New York Times considers the privacy problems that can arise as cities increase their surveillance of the population at large, moving toward a surveillance society where people are watched at all times. I wrote about this issue several years ago in a chapter for a book about public spaces in contemporary society. The Times [...]

New York Times: Deciding Who Sees Students’ Data

The New York Times reports on schools’ collection of students’ personal information, including through the use of InBloom’s services, and how this could affect the privacy of students and parents: WHEN Cynthia Stevenson, the superintendent of Jefferson County, Colo., public schools, heard about a data repository called inBloom, she thought it sounded like a technological [...]