Oct 212014

Penny Crosman reports: … A company that combines information gleaned from various sources about customers’ location, preferences and purchases may know more about them than they realize, violating implicit assumptions of transparency and consent. Sometimes what’s considered a privacy violation changes with time, as people adapt to new technology and get comfortable with it and [...]

Oct 192014

Evan Selinger writes: In a previous post, I mentioned that exciting speakers are making guest appearances in my current “Technology, Privacy, and the Law” course.  Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, just dropped by via Skype. The conversation was so interesting that I wanted to share some of the highlights with you here. Read more [...]

Oct 172014

Pablo S. Torre and Tom Haberstroh report: … The boom officially began during work hours. Before last season, all 30 arenas installed sets of six military-grade cameras, built by a firm called SportVU, to record the x- and y-coordinates of every person on the court at a rate of 25 times a second — a [...]

Oct 132014

Dave Neal reports: Troels Oerting, assistant director at Europol and head of the European Cybercrime Centre, has said that the Edward Snowden revelations and the rise of encryption and anonymity are making cybercrime investigations more challenging. Oerting told the BBC in an interview that Europol believes there is a hardcore of some 100 cyber criminals out there and that it [...]

Oct 082014

Martin Abrams writes: The Foundation has released the first paper from its Big Data Ethics Project. The project’s purpose is to establish tools for both companies and enforcement agencies to assure people get the benefits of big data but are not boxed in by inappropriate analysis or application. Part A of the project establishes the [...]

Oct 032014

Andrea Peterson reports: In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians. The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said, were pushing “baseless hysteria” about the controversial Patriot Act. He suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know “how far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel.” [...]