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We Say We Want Privacy Online, But Our Actions Say Otherwise

In polls and surveys, consumers indicate profound and increasing concern for their privacy. Yet from the posting of suggestive photographs on social networking sites to the impulsive broadcasting of illicit activities on Twitter, consumers’ behavior often suggests a remarkable lack of discretion. …

Privacy

For post-Snowden cloud startups, privacy proves a hard sell

<i>By Steven Melendez</i><p>In the two years since Edward Snowden's revelations about pervasive government monitoring of the Internet first made the news, developers have worked to build hardware and software to help Web users reap many of the benefits of cloud-based services while retaining personal control …

Customer Data: Designing for Transparency and Trust

With the explosion of digital technologies, companies are sweeping up vast quantities of data about consumers’ activities, both online and off. Feeding this trend are new smart, connected products—from fitness trackers to home systems—that gather and transmit detailed information.<p>Though some …

Personal Data

Managing Privacy in the Internet of Things

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>One of the promises of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that everything should talk to everything else. These talkative “things” include sensors, consumer appliances, home automation systems, and even connected vehicles. The frameworks through which such interconnectivity is …

Internet of Things

EU privacy ruling should apply globally, says digital chief

Image copyright David Meyer.One of the most interesting questions in European tech privacy circles right now is about territoriality and the …

Privacy

Samsung's warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter

Technically Incorrect: Samsung's small print says that its Smart TV's voice recognition system will not only capture your private conversations, but also pass them onto third parties.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Why worry about Big …

Smart TV

MIT researcher on internet misogyny and programming for privacy

Image copyright (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com .Jean Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT and the creator of a language called Jeeves that …

Computer Science

74% of Cloud Services do not Meet European Data Residency Requirements

The European Union (EU) contains 28 countries and it has some of the strongest sets of data protection regulations in the world. These don’t just …

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

Big data and the “internet of things”—in which everyday objects can send and receive data—promise revolutionary change to management and society. But their success rests on an assumption: that all the data being generated by internet companies and devices scattered across the planet belongs to the …

Europe's new data laws: Just how many cloud vendors would comply?

From the right to be forgotten to data sovereignty, Europe's plans for new data protection laws raise some tricky issues for the cloud industry and …

EU 'right to be forgotten' law unenforceable, says justice minister

Simon Hughes says law currently being negotiated by EU states could lead to thousands of misconceived complaints<p>A new European law on the "right to be forgotten" online would be technically unenforceable and lead to thousands of misconceived complaints, the justice minister Simon Hughes has said.<p>In …

Google launches 'advisory council' page on right to be forgotten

Search engine formalising procedure to deal with more than 70,000 requests for links to be removed after EU ruling fallout<p>Google launched a dedicated page on Friday to publicise its advisory council on the right to be forgotten case which invites the public to submit their comments on the ruling …

Safeguarding Privacy in the Internet of Things

<b>By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist</b><p>You can’t open a web browser these days without coming across a story on the Internet of Things (IoT), and the ways that connected, autonomous devices will revolutionize every industry. There’s a reason for the hype: Cisco forecasts 50 billion connected devices …

Internet of Things

Wearable technology: Who knows your body’s secrets?

Your sex life, illnesses, even your fertility – new tech can track what our bodies are up to, but some people may be revealing more than they realise, says Jacob Ward.<p>Jeff started having sex at two in the afternoon. Apparently it lasted a few hours, and he burned a total of 347 calories. We know …

Wearable Tech

Google Lets EU Users Request for Link Removals Via Online Form

<b>UPDATE:</b> Google has made the online form publicly available. In the form, Google tells applicants that it will assess each individual request as it seeks to balance privacy rights with the public’s right to know.<p>When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated …

Data brokers are profiling consumers online by race, other categories

The fact that advertisers track what consumers do online is common knowledge, but federal regulators raised alarms Tuesday about just how much data are being collected and how they are being used to profile consumers.<p>Data brokers are grouping Americans based on race, income, hobbies and medical …

Silent Circle: For true mobile privacy, steer clear of Apple & Samsung phones

True mobile privacy requires specialized hardware.<p>That’s what we heard from Silent Circle, which announced $30 million in new funding today. The privacy-focused startup will use the funds to bring its ultra-secure “Blackphone” — a $629 smartphone powered by a custom version of Android called …

Privacy Group Accuses UK Spy Agency of Hacking Millions of Computers Worldwide

Civil-liberties groups have sued the NSA and its British sister agency, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), over their spying …

EU Court Rules Google Must Give Individuals “Right To Be Forgotten” (Or Not To Be Found)

TechCrunch contributor Andrew Keen has long argued the “Internet needs to learn to forget“, but I’m not sure this latest EU ruling is quite what he had in mind.<p>The European Court Of Justice has ruled that Google must respect the “right to be forgotten” and, at the request of private individuals, …

The Use and Misuse of Information Technology in Health Care: Several Doctors Reply

One of them writes, "There is a very American tendency to look for technological fixes for significant problems. In general, technological fixes only work in the context of appropriate institutional structures."<p>Our new issue has an interview with Dr. David Blumenthal about why it has taken the …

BT boss says customers cannot be guaranteed 100% online privacy

Gavin Patterson tells World Economic Forum in Davos that 'murky' data collection laws should be changed<p>The boss of BT admitted on Wednesday that customers could not be guaranteed 100% privacy when using the internet or mobile devices and called for changes to "murky" laws on data …

Hackers And Governments Beware--Online Anonymity For The People

You wouldn’t know it from its modest adobe-and-brick-tile headquarters on National Avenue, but like a lot of its larger neighbors in Mountain View, Calif., AnchorFree aims to change the world. Not by becoming the biggest search engine (and advertising machine) or the most prodigious professional …

Privacy dominates tech execs' discussion at Davos

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, tech CEOs say full privacy online is impossible.<p>DAVOS, Switzerland -- Internet users will never have total privacy, a group of chief executives of communication and Internet companies said Wednesday.<p>"I don't think we as a society want 100 percent …

World Economic Forum

How the NSA nearly destroyed the internet

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their …

‘Tis The Season For Mainstream Warnings About “God-Like” Gov’t Threats To Privacy

Getting a mainstream audience to care about governments infringing on our intangible right to privacy via dragnet surveillance programs carried out without public disclosure (let alone permission), using complex technological tricks that allow this spying to go on effectively invisibly is no easy …

Study: Consumers Will Pay $5 for an App That Respects Their Privacy

A new report finds that people are weary of the hidden costs of free.<p>Ever since the iPhone came out in 2007, the going rate for many of the most popular apps has been exactly $0.00. Consumers pay nothing.<p>But of course, nothing is free. Instead, consumers pay with their data, that's sold to …