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Smart city planning will need to address data collection and protecting the privacy of minors in public space. Shutterstock

Protecting children’s data privacy in the smart city

The history of how Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiaries manage children and data is a troubling one. How will Sidewalk Labs address concerns about minors and privacy in Toronto's Quayside project?
A team of researchers has mapped out smart city technologies across Canada. Shutterstock

Seeing the smart city: Mapping technologies in Canada

Canadian researchers have mapped smart city technologies throughout the country. The interactive map is intended to inform urban residents of the locations of technologies that may affect privacy.
Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it’s not as secure as you might think. rachit tank / unsplash

Becoming more like WhatsApp won’t solve Facebook’s woes – here’s why

Facebook seems to be shifting its focus more towards privacy. But this might have some unexpected repercussions, as highlighted by recent research on the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp.
The GDPR should provide better protection of data and benefit the economy. Christian Wiediger/Unsplash

Four flagship measurements of the GDPR for the economy

The General Data Protection Regulations have been in force since May 2018. Analysis of its four key measures: labels, liability obligation, portability and pseudonymisation.
New legislation allows Australian government agencies to access encrypted WhatsApp messages. from www.shutterstock.com

Australians accept government surveillance, for now

The government can access your phone metadata, drivers licence photo and much more. And new research shows Australians are OK about it. But that might change.
‘Say cheese so I can show all my friends how cute you are – and unwittingly show corporations your age, race and gender!’ Fancy Studio/Shutterstock.com

The real problem with posting about your kids online

Parents have engaged in forms of 'sharenting' for generations. The digital age has complicated things, but while critics make some valid points, they're not seeing the forest for the trees.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help. (Unsplash/boudewijn huysmans)

The future of psychiatry promises to be digital – from apps that track your mood to smartphone therapy

Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.
Should privacy mean different things depending which side of the Atlantic you live on? pixinoo/Shutterstock.com

Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind

The European Union has issued its first fine, cracking down on companies that misuse users' personal data. Why hasn't the US taken a similarly strong approach?

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