It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales' School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Australia, and a member of European, US and UK epidemiology and infection control bodies – told The Register tracking played a key role in nations that were able to flatten the exponential curve of COVID-19 cases – particularly Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea.

More than half of Americans want money, control in exchange for genetic data

More than half of Americans want money, control in exchange for genetic data

— As people become more aware of privacy concerns and the ways in which genomic database companies are profiting from their data, their expectations for compensation and control may increase, according to researchers at Penn State and Cornell University.

China's CCTV culture suffers as record high pollution and smog levels

China's CCTV culture suffers as record high pollution and smog levels

Speaking to the South China Morning Post today, Kong Zilong, an expert in video surveillance technology, said there are currently no cameras in existence that are able to cope with the pollution levels China is repeatedly experiencing.

'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy

In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument.In this essay, Solove critiques the nothing to hide argument and exposes its faulty underpinnings.

Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

Update 10/14/19 2:37AM ET: We should clarify that Apple integrated Tencent Safe Browsing into Safari for China users after the WWDC 2017 announcement, and now, it appears that this is being rolled out to non-China devices as well.

Consumer Surveillance Enters Its Bargaining Phase

Consumer Surveillance Enters Its Bargaining Phase

Mona Sloane is a professor at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University, where she researches ethical-design principles in engineering and artificial intelligence.Those business models, some scholars argue, often become tech companies’ ethics, shaping how they design their products.

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

What the first porta-potty can teach designers about digital privacy

“Physical and digital privacy are more closely aligned than different, but data is abstracted from a person or community,” explains University of Florida associate professor Jasmine McNealy.What do we call this era of digital privacy?

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

But while the need for transparency is a central tenet of GDPR, the law is “not being enforced and it hasn’t changed behavior as intended,” Brookman said, at least not yet.

Privacy’s not an abstraction

Privacy’s not an abstraction

Kate Klonick, an assistant professor at St. John’s University Law School, described an optional and ungraded assignment in which she asked her students to eavesdrop on and surveil unsuspecting folks in public to see what information they could gather about them, using only Google search on their phones.

Googling Strangers: One Professor's Lesson On Privacy In Public Spaces

Googling Strangers: One Professor's Lesson On Privacy In Public Spaces

Technology Googling Strangers: One Professor's Lesson On Privacy In Public Spaces Enlarge this image toggle caption Classen Rafael / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm Classen Rafael / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm Charlotte Lehman could hear the man reading his credit card number out loud from across the Starbucks.

Livestream Tonight: Naomi Klein and Shoshana Zuboff on the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Livestream Tonight: Naomi Klein and Shoshana Zuboff on the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Livestream begins Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET Join Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein and Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” for an engaging discussion about the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism” and the quest by corporations to predict and control our behavior.

University Buys 14.4 Petabyte Bandwidth to Boost ‘Anonymous’ Torrent Client

University Buys 14.4 Petabyte Bandwidth to Boost ‘Anonymous’ Torrent Client

The Tribler lab at Delft University of Technology has sold part of its Bitcoin stash to purchase bandwidth for its anonymous torrent client. Professor Johan Pouwelse, leader and founder of the Tribler project, informs us that his lab at Delft University of Technology has bought 14.4 petabytes of Internet bandwidth.

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Even if you're not a user of a social media platform, it's possible to create a 95% accurate profile of you from your friends' accounts, according to new research.

Are ‘10-Year Challenge’ Photos a Boon to Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology?

Are ‘10-Year Challenge’ Photos a Boon to Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology?

Rhue , an assistant professor of information systems and analytics at the Wake Forest School of Business, said the #10YearChallenge could conceivably provide a relatively clean data set for a company that wanted to work on age-progression technology.

China is testing creepy drones that look and fly like real birds to monitor citizens

China is testing creepy drones that look and fly like real birds to monitor citizens

South China Morning Post The drones, which fly just as a real bird would, have already been tested in regions such as Xinjiang, where they've gone completely undetected.

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

Stop Trying to Violently Separate Privacy and Security

Stop Trying to Violently Separate Privacy and Security

Information is not private because unauthorized users are prevented from accessing the data, but it is secure. Information Security means protecting data from unauthorized access and use, and privacy means ensuring that only authorized people can have access to peoples’ private data.

Auckland researchers make world-first discovery into artificial intelligence

Auckland researchers make world-first discovery into artificial intelligence

The work is based on a new type of artificial intelligence research called spiking neural networks, which was used to develop NeuCube, a machine learning system modelled on how the human brain learns and recognises patterns.

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

A British-Australian citizen travelling through Sydney airport has had his devices seized, and believes his laptop password cracked and his digital files inspected by Border Force officers, in what privacy groups say is a worrying development.