The use of Big Data (large, aggregated datasets) to inform the provision of health care leaves out context and details.
Health-care providers are increasingly relying on large data sets to deliver services. However, Small Data approaches provide nuance and context, and in some instances can be more beneficial.
Is privacy what you can’t see, or where you don’t look?
Privacy starts with the body and extends to digital data. There are few rules governing what companies can do – yet people can't effectively protect their own privacy.
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor?
It's all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you're with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
Young people in a study discussed feeling left to their own devices to face the future.
Researchers examined how youth on three continents think about digital technology today and conducted an experiment to learn what youth said after living without their phones for a week.
When pursuing information for big data projects, the risks to individual autonomy and privacy are easily overlooked.
The proposed Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto will collect data from individuals in public spaces, but getting consent is a tricky issue.
Picture Plane for Heatherwick Studio for Sidewalk Labs
A report based on public consultations conducted by Sidewalk Labs has still not answered many pressing concerns about privacy and consent in Toronto's Quayside development.
Who’s watching Facebook watch you?
There's no way an independent assessor will be able to actually monitor how Facebook might violate or abuse users' privacy in key ways.
Nursing home staff report feeling demoralized by the use of web-endabled cameras to monitor the care of patients.
Ever more Americans are using digital cameras to keep an eye on elderly relatives who live in nursing homes. This surveillance may violate patients' privacy and demoralize their caretakers.
FaceApp fun (terms and conditions apply).
FaceApp is surging in popularity. But if things go sour, the fine print says you waive your right to take legal action unless you wrote to the app's Russian HQ, via snail mail, within 30 days of downloading.
More than ten years since blockchains were developed, their usefulness is only just being discovered.
Your social media data is immeasurably valuable.
A proposed bill would force tech companies to tell users how much their data is worth. But how can a single number capture data's power to predict your actions or sway your decisions?
What to do with our old paper medical files now that records are going digital? As a recent Brisbane case demonstrates, not all files are heading straight for destruction.
Patient information dumped on the side of the road in Brisbane recently has raised the issue of how hospitals and clinics manage their old paper records.
United Kingdom officials suggest that messaging apps should build in law enforcement access to encrypted text, raising concerns about user privacy.
A recent proposal by the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters agency suggests building in law enforcement access to encrypted communications. This has implications for users' digital rights and privacy.
Campaigners in the UK are pushing to protect privacy and make the security services more accountable.
Regulating the internet out of concern for citizens’ privacy should be a key issue in the upcoming election.
The UK Online Harms White Paper outlines possible internet regulation measures, and Canada would do well to study its approach.
The constitutionality of South Africa’s surveillance law is being challenged in court.
South Africa's law that regulates the Interception of communications is being challenged on the basis it can be abused by rogue elements in intelligence.
The Privacy Act gives you the right to find out what’s in your credit report and change any incorrect information in your report.
Checking your credit report is a good way to ensure that incorrect information is not listed against you, and can protect you against identity theft.
Biometrics like retinal scans is a new frontier in the privacy wars.
States like California have been at the forefront of privacy innovation in recent decades. A possible federal law could bring their experimentation to a halt, harming consumers.
Are tracking technologies changing parenting?
Apps these days allow parents to track their children. An expert explains, why these technologies should be a reason for worry if you are a parent,