The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
The current reckoning with data has been a long time coming, a historian of privacy in the US writes.
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what's happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
Slacktivism won't cut it in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Could an employer or platform claim copyright in a chat group? We’d first have to accept that conversations in a chat group are protected by copyright.
It's not just fitness trackers – mobile phones can reveal users' whereabouts too, even with location tracking turned off.
Will young Germans remember their history – and will older German embrace the digital future?
What scholars know, are learning and are predicting about the privacy of electronic data, online activity, smartphone use and electronic records.
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
Facebook's record raises serious questions about whether it can be trusted with our most intimate images.
When smartphone apps get permission to access your location or other activity, they often share that data with other companies that can compile digital profiles on users.
What if someone made your house a site for Pokémon battles?
A simple kite mark could let you know that you aren't signing away your rights when you download a new app.
Apple's refusal to back down in its fight with the FBI is a sharp reversal from just a few years ago when it was the government urging tech companies to do more to protect consumer privacy.
Schools are collecting more and more data on children. They must make sure they comply with the law.
City dwellers have better access to more information about the people and places around them than ever before, but it has never been more difficult to preserve privacy as a result.
The rush to grant more surveillance powers doesn't reflect what actually keeps us safe.
It's time to bring our digital identity up to date with other developed nations. That might even mean a unified digital identity card with top notch security and privacy protections.
Unwarranted mass surveillance will shift the balance of power in favour of the spies - and that might not be good for us.