Something good could come from the Cambridge Analytica scandal if we used the same data to fix society, rather than profit from it.
Data breaches are fact of modern life. It's likely each of us will have our personal information compromised at some point. Here's how to reduce the risk and limit the damage if and when it occurs.
Remote cameras used to track wildlife in Australia could pose a privacy risk, especially if the images they capture fall into the wrong hands.
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?
Small charities aren't like small companies, and the way they operate may pose greater risks under GDPR than for others.
Most people have all sorts of breadcrumbs of their identity scattered around the internet. A dedicated sleuth can piece them together and reveal private information in a very public way.
Everything you wanted to know but were scared to ask about... the General Data Protection Regulation (coming to a country near you).
The internet developed as a place for open collaboration; there are technical limits on its transformation into a commercial marketplace.
Parents should inform themselves, and review their and their children's privacy settings.
Facebook says it's going to continue to respond to widespread concerns about its practices and role in society. Researchers of privacy and online trust offer ideas for immediate action.
Not on Facebook? Well the social media giant could still have created a shadow profile for you, without your knowledge or permission.
Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here's how it could start meeting them.
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.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
Harvesting data from Facebook's users is within the rules, I should know, I've done this kind of research myself. But the latest scandal may make it harder for us to get any useful data.
It's not just fitness trackers – mobile phones can reveal users' whereabouts too, even with location tracking turned off.
What scholars know, are learning and are predicting about the privacy of electronic data, online activity, smartphone use and electronic records.