Rastafarians celebrate after the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use of marijuana is now legal.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
Europe’s digital-data regulations are having ripple effects around the world.
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
Does this man understand how his company can be a responsible member of society?
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Facebook is realizing it has broad obligations to society. Here's how it could start meeting them.
Social media companies combine many pieces of information into a complex digital profile.
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?
What are the rules governing who’s watching you online?
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what's happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
How much can your cellphone reveal about where you go?
Should police be able to use cellphone records to track suspects – and law-abiding citizens?
Most people don’t know what they’re agreeing to.
Consumers can't read, understand or use information in companies' privacy policies. So they end up less informed and less protected than they'd like to be. New research shows a better way.
The role ‘creepshots’ have in the denigration of women, and broader questions concerning privacy, the body, and public spaces, need to be considered.
'Creepshots' are provoking questions concerning rights to privacy in public, and ethical concerns regarding technology and bodily autonomy.
A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington.
BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
Not so private any more.
The Trump administration has decided to challenge the rules of protection of personal data imposed by the previous administration on ISPs.
New technologies make it easier than ever for peeping Toms – and the law isn’t much help to stop them.
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A surprise intrusion by a drone on a Darwin woman skinny-dipping in her secluded backyard pool highlights the many weaknesses of current privacy and stalking laws.
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
A new focus for the Clinton email inquiry: Huma Abedin.
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Huma Abedin's emails belong to her; the search warrant should be served upon her. Once that happens, she can challenge the warrant's legality.
How is it holding up in this digital age?
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The FBI has a history of abusing search warrants to illegally read Americans' emails. Did the agency just do it again, in the highest of all high-profile situations?
Children’s Facebook accounts should not be open doors for journalists.
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Images taken from young people's Facebook are being used by the media with impunity.
Who’s watching, and who’s watching the watchers?
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
Public anxiety and legal protections currently pose a major challenge to anyone wanting to introduce eye-scanning security technologies.
Samsung’s new Smart TV’s could be listening to every word you say.
Be careful what you say in front of your new television, following reports that Samsung’s new Smart TVs are now being programmed to listen to every word you say and send it over the internet to a third…
That day is not far.
On July 15, with the support of all three main parties, the UK parliament passed the data retention and investigatory powers (DRIP) bill. According to home secretary Theresa May, the bill was designed…
The European Court of Justice has given data retention the thumbs down … but it’s still on the table Down Under.
There has been plenty of technology-related legal activity in the European Union this month. Last week the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that data retention regulations, as they currently stand…