April 6, 2012 |
Who owns your personal information - you or the business you share it with? It's a fundamental question that gets to the heart of whether existing privacy protections are too strict or not strict enough. It also addresses matters of accountability when data go astray, as was the case this week when a major credit card processing company said as many as 1.5 million card numbers may have been stolen by hackers. I wrote on Tuesday about the lack of adequate disclosure rules when people's privacy is violated.
December 6, 2012 |
April 25, 2012 |
This is a bit of an eye-opener: the Obama administration threatened Wednesday to veto HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, because of concerns about the bill's impact on privacy. Sponsored by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, CISPA would let federal agents share classified information about hackers with Internet service providers, utilities and online networks. More controversially, it would also encourage online services to share information about cyber threats with the federal government.
September 26, 2007
Is your privacy threatened if your cellphone monitors your movements but doesn't record them? What if a computer listens in on your conversations but doesn't tell a human what you said? These are the kinds of questions raised by an emerging group of services that sell the information new technologies collect about the people who use them. For example, some businesses want to tell advertisers the location of participating cellphone users.
March 12, 2011 |
The Federal Trade Commission has agreed on a settlement with Twitter resulting from the site's alleged "serious lapses" in data security that allowed hackers to take over Twitter twice in 2009, accessing users' private information and hijacking accounts to send out phony tweets. According to an FTC statement, the settlement "resolved charges that Twitter deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information. " Twitter, which was about 2 years old at the time of the incidents, was a young site that often struggled under the weight of its fast-growing traffic and server demands.
September 13, 2012 |
Finally, scientists have documented that spending time on Facebook isn't all about posting pictures of cute kids and running virtual farms - it can actually be useful to American society. A single election day message, sent to more than 60 million users of the social networking site, increased turnout in the November 2010 congressional election by 340,000 votes, researchers reported Wednesday. It may not sound like much, but in a close election - such as Florida's contested presidential vote in 2000 - that kind of bump could make the difference between a win and a loss, said UC San Diego social network researcher James Fowler, leader of the unusual experiment.