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Digital Privacy

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

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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.

Navigating the 'Fog of Data Ignorance'

William Hoffman | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
William Hoffman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEffective transparency is not a one-way mirror that reduces individuals to being spectators on how their data is used. Instead, meaningful transparency requires both inbound and outbound information flows. It requires institutions (commercial and governmental) to listen and act upon the wants and needs of individuals.

Big Data, Democracy And The Path Not Taken

Shannon Vallor | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Shannon Vallor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGolbeck succumbs to a dangerous, self-fulfilling fatalism, one all too common among other well-meaning proponents of her alternative solution -- namely, to simply arm individual users with more digital tools to fight back.

Will Computers Soon Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

Dominic Basulto | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Dominic Basulto

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost of us simply find it too tiring, too complex, to pay much attention to all the privacy settings out there. How many of us, for example, actually change the password settings when we are supposed to? We assume, naively, that there must be some kind of law out there that keeps corporations from going too far with all that data they are collecting on us.

WATCH: Stunning Truths Your Facebook 'Likes' Really Reveal About You

TEDTalks | Posted 08.20.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Are you sharing more than you mean to online? Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how the simple act of "liking" something on social media reveals more personal information about you than you'd think. Is this what privacy looks like in the digital age - or is there another way?

Think of the Children 2.0

Tyler Lopez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Tyler Lopez

Common Sense Media celebrated a signature lobbying victory in September, this time regarding California's "online eraser" legislation, which compels w...

PRISM: There Simply is No Privacy... None.

Shelly Palmer | Posted 08.16.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

When news broke last week that Verizon was handing over information about all of its calls to the National Security Administration, things were bad en...

Be Careful Sexting With Snapchat (Especially You, Anthony!)

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Snapchat is purportedly a proud and cool part of the privacy revolution. If only life were so simple. Uh oh. A little forensic digging and a few hundred dollars is all it takes to rediscover the images you thought were forever gone.

Protecting Your Privacy During the Sharing Revolution

Michelle Finneran Dennedy | Posted 05.28.2013 | Technology
Michelle Finneran Dennedy

As people continue to share increasingly personal information online, it's easy to miss the dangers presented by sharing information with many websites they visit.

FBI's 'Top Priority' In 2013: Seeking Ability To Snoop Online In Real Time

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 04.01.2013 | Technology

The FBI’s "top priority" in 2013 is to modernize surveillance law so authorities can monitor in real time the Web activities of Americans suspected ...

Digital Privacy at the Border

Michael Price | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Michael Price

As judges and lawmakers struggle to determine how rights guaranteed in the 18th century apply to the 21st, they should recognize the vast quantity of personal information stored on our gadgets is worthy of protection from suspicionless government searches.

Data Privacy Day: A Good Time to Approve ECPA Reforms

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

One part of data privacy that doesn't get as much attention as it deserves are the issues surrounding government surveillance.

Online Freedom of Speech: Still Safe, but for How Much Longer?

Steven Strauss | Posted 02.01.2013 | World
Steven Strauss

Beginning Monday, representatives from 193 countries will meet in the United Arab Emirates -- ranked 112th in the world for press freedom -- to discuss the future of the Internet. Ironically, one discussion topic for is the role of national governments in managing the Internet.

Google Says Big Brother Is Definitely Watching

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 11.14.2012 | Technology

The internet is becoming an increasingly monitored sphere. According to Google's sixth bi-annual Transparency Report, released on Nov. 13, the num...

FTC's Digital Privacy Report Has Welcome Recommendations

Larry Magid | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Thank you FTC for outlining a broad approach to transparency when it comes to accessing our own data. Now it's time for Congress to enact legislation that truly benefits consumers, not just those who profit from our information.

SXSW Panel Debates 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online

The Huffington Post | Allie Compton | Posted 03.15.2012 | Technology

Pull up your most embarrassing moment in your mind, whether it's a secret or not, and pretend it's now online. Whenever someone searches your name, it...

Reclaiming Your Online Privacy

John Backus | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
John Backus

Face it. Everything you do online is visible to someone and can be used without your approval or agreement. If you aren't scared now about what organizations know about you, you should be.

20 Big Ideas for 2012, Part Three

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Don Tapscott

What will happen in 2012? In the spirit of the aphorism "The future is not something to be predicted, it's something to be achieved," let me suggest 20 transformations.

Is Your Email Private?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.

Supreme Court To Hear Text Message Privacy Suit

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide how much privacy workers have when they send text messages from on their employers' ac...