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Almost every website — both for-profit and not-for-profit — commodifies user data. (Shutterstock)

To protect user privacy online, governments need to reconsider their use of opt-in policies

New research shows that opt-in policies may not be as effective as intended when it comes to data protection and privacy regulations.
Organizations that gather information should establish a framework for responsibly managing user data. (Shutterstock)

Want to know if your data are managed responsibly? Here are 15 questions to help you find out

Responsible data stewardship must take many factors into account including legal requirements, data governance, cybersecurity and user privacy.
Data replication is an integral part of the scientific process, which proper research data management can improve. Tom Werner/DigitalVision via Getty Images

AI and new standards promise to make scientific data more useful by making it reusable and accessible

The phrase ‘research data management’ might make your eyes glaze over, but it’s actually this behind-the-scenes work that allows for large-scale scientific discoveries and collaborations.
Platforms like Zoom have been helpful in bridging geographical distances. However, a recent proposal to mine data raises questions about ownership of Indigenous Knowledge. (Chris Montgomery/Unsplash)

Zoom’s scrapped proposal to mine user data causes concern about our virtual and private Indigenous Knowledge

In-person collaboration between Indigenous communities has been aided by information technologies like Zoom. However, recent attempts to mine personal data raise concerns about data ownership.

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