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Digital Privacy

The Ethical Implications of Digitally Spying on Your Children

Harold Stark | Posted 06.14.2016 | Technology
Harold Stark

In a perfect world, we are all kind and compassionate and honest towards our family. We respect our elders, understand our children and care for our p...

Federal Reserve Hacked More Than 50 Times In 4 Years

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 06.01.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve detected more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015, with several incidents described internall...

WhatsApp Is Blocked In Brazil, Again

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 05.02.2016 | Technology

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin Ameri...

Privacy: A Failed Experiment?

Victor Dorff | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Victor Dorff

Like a teenager who is horrified to learn that the little lock on her diary was insufficient to protect her secrets from a prying sibling, Americans have been surprised over and over again to learn that nothing they say or do is necessarily a sacred secret.

Bill Gates Calls For Tougher Limits On Government Snooping

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bill Gates said on Monday that no one was an “absolutist” on either side of the digital privacy debate, but the co-founder ...

Hackers Are Learning Customer Service Tactics To Target Victims

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.12.2016 | Technology

TEWKSBURY, Mass (Reuters) - When hackers set out to extort the town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts with "ransomware," they followed up with an FAQ explai...

Unlocking iPhone Would Expose 'Hundreds Of Millions' To Cyber Attacks, Apple Says

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.29.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters would leave hundreds of millions of Apple Inc device owners vuln...

Do We Really Have A 'Right' To Digital Privacy?

Hillery Nye | Posted 02.23.2016 | Technology
Hillery Nye

The "right to privacy" is a bedrock concept in U.S. society and a guiding principle in our legal system. But if you look for it in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights, you won't find it. That's because privacy rights aren't as clear-cut as many Americans generally think they are.

Feds Want To Crack A Lot More iPhones Than Just The San Bernardino Terrorist's

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A court filing unsealed in a Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday revealed that the federal government wants to compel Apple to help it crack...

Your Smartwatch Can Be Hacked To Monitor And Steal Your Passwords

Fusion | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.04.2016 | World

Smartwatches’ abilities to pay for our food and monitor our physical activities are only possible thanks to the myriad sensors packed into their tin...

Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Clears Senate In Bipartisan Vote

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at bolstering the country's cyber defenses, a...

California Can Teach The Rest Of Us An Important Lesson In Digital Privacy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation's strongest digital privacy law yet, codifying a simple principle: All of our existing right...

Dear Uncle Sam: If You Want Our Email Or Data, Please Get A Warrant

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.17.2015 | Technology

It's a given that laws governing a democratic society will always lag technology. But the statutes governing our emails and other electronic communica...

Taming the Wild West of Surveillance: UN Dips Into Digital Privacy

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

On July 3rd, the top choice for the UN's first digital privacy investigator, Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, was rejected by the German president of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), who cited complaints from activist groups that she was not a strong enough critic of government surveillance.

Will the Coming 'Internet of Things' Mean the Death of Privacy?

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Technology companies say they will use the Internet of Things to improve our energy usage, health, security, and lifestyle and habits. In reality, companies such as Apple and Google want to learn all they can about us so that they can market more products and services to us -- and sell our data to others.

Digital Warfare (VIDEO)

XPRIZE | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
XPRIZE

In the future, what countries do with digital weapons may be more destructive than boots on the ground or drones in the sky.

The Business of Cybercrime

XPRIZE | Posted 05.31.2016 | Technology
XPRIZE

The competitions designed by XPRIZE touch the furthest reaches of human achievement in fields like health care, oceanography and space exploration. We are currently designing a prize competition in the field of cybersecurity.

The End of Privacy (VIDEO)

XPRIZE | Posted 05.27.2016 | Technology
XPRIZE

In this three-part video series, you'll hear from some of the giants in the Internet and cyber security fields as they relate stories of cybercrime becoming a worldwide business, privacy becoming an antiquated idea, the discovery of Stuxnet and the real possibility of cyber warfare.

Four Ways You Can Protect Yourself From Digital Surveillance

Bruce Schneier | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Bruce Schneier

Good defense will force those who want to surveil us to choose their targets, and they simply don't have the resources to target everyone.

It's Time For A Data Breach Warning Label

Adam Levin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food?

The Supreme Court Rules With a Caveat in the Wings: Is Your Smartphone Public or Private?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

It appears that Chief Justice Roberts feels that if a social media company states that they have access to view and analyze your posts, content, and relationships, then that ought to be fair game for the government (and law enforcement), too.

The Fall Of Facebook - And What's Next

Nikita Bier | Posted 08.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Nikita Bier

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us would argue that our online identities are not who we really are. Rather, it's the mask we have to wear in today's social Internet.

Ryan J. Reilly

Supreme Court Makes Sweeping Endorsement Of Digital Privacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Police officers must get a warrant before searching the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, an opi...

There's A Time And Place For Sharing Data

Rajat Paharia | Posted 08.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Rajat Paharia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the process for sharing data is transparent and linked to specific goals, most people don't mind revealing their data. And while most people understand this value at a retail level, another place where this is particularly true is when they're at work.

Curly Fries And Big Data: An Appetizing Path Forward For Responsible Data Use

Jules Polonetsky | Posted 08.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Jules Polonetsky

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBig Data could lead to the greatest advances society has seen in generations. Or, it could take us down a path of poor decisions and increased discrimination. Eating curly fries (unfortunately!) wont make us smart enough to guide the right decisions, but collaboration between technologists, policymakers, and businesses could.