Sep 292014

Tom Fox-Brewster reports: A handful of Londoners in some of the capital’s busiest districts unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child, during an experiment exploring the dangers of public Wi-Fi use. The experiment, which was backed by European law enforcement agency Europol, involved a group of security researchers setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot in [...]

Sep 282014

Paul Ohm has an article, “Sensitive Information,” to be published in Southern California Law Review, Vol. 88, 2015. Here’s the Abstract: Almost every information privacy law provides special protection for certain categories of “sensitive information,” such as health, sex, or financial information. Even though this approach is widespread, the concept of sensitive information is woefully [...]

Sep 252014

Victor Xu reports: Barbara van Schewick, faculty director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS), denied accusations from a ProPublica article by Julia Angwin that Stanford accepts money from Google under the condition that it not be used for privacy research. “The ProPublica story is inaccurate and we have notified the reporters of this fact,” [...]

Sep 152014

Monika Kuschewsky writes: “Data is everywhere. The amount of data on the global level is growing by 50 percent annually. 90 [percent] of the world’s data has been generated within the past two years alone,” explains the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications in their Opinion of May 6, 2014, titled, “Working Paper on Big Data and Privacy: [...]

Sep 142014

Nuala Connor of CDT writes: When I send an email to my daughter’s teacher or store family photos with an online service, I consider those items private. To me, and I think to most people, our electronic memories are no less treasured than printed photographs or letters on paper. But federal law doesn’t provide for [...]