Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren't happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.
Many sites offer the ability to 'opt out' of targeted advertisements, but doing so isn't easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.
Web browsers are introducing encryption technology that could stop governments spying on you – and catching criminals.
The law is out of step with technology that means anyone can manipulate your images in hyper-realistic ways.
Privacy starts with the body and extends to digital data. There are few rules governing what companies can do – yet people can't effectively protect their own privacy.
An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data - everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers.
There's no way an independent assessor will be able to actually monitor how Facebook might violate or abuse users' privacy in key ways.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses' ability to compete on their own merits.
People could be asked to prove their identity to continuing posting political content or adverts on Facebook.
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
Consumers want better protection for their data, and businesses want clear national laws. Yet there is virtually no consensus about what a broad privacy law should entail.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg's claimed intent to focus on privacy will be hard to execute, will not happen soon and does not address major concerns about the company's role in society.
While shifting cyber safety education beyond privacy is a step in the right direction, teachers already have to contend with an overcrowded curriculum.
If you're worried your phone is recording your private conversations, look closer at the data you've already agreed to give away.
Blockchain technologies can support users in controlling access to their data through smart contracts that both empower and protect users.
Academic research highlights the dangers – personal and societal – of giving too much time and attention to social media.
Experts describe their research into how smartphones collect and share private personal information with tracking companies and advertisers.
Websites are trying to get around GDPR rules on giving you control over your data.
How do women decide whether – and what – to say about their pregnancy loss experiences on social media?
Begun as part of efforts to preserve online anonymity and privacy, Freenet, Tor and the Invisible Internet Project are, like the rest of the web, home to both crime and free expression.