Demonstrators shine their cellphones during a protest in St. Louis in 2020.
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A privacy expert says citizens will need to exercise their right to public protest if they want to preserve their privacy.
In many cases, getting on a plane, attending a show or going to a store requires an app that proves you’ve been vaccinated.
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How do you prove that people have been vaccinated without putting their privacy at risk? The technology and best practices to make it happen exist. It's far from clear, however, if they're being used.
Google’s new advertising claims to preserve user privacy, but it still gathers and processes the details of our online activities.
Google is using artificial intelligence to collect and process user data in a way that produces more nuanced and detailed information about our activities but addresses privacy concerns.
Headlines and headaches for those unable to escape their past.
At the end of the 1925 movie 'Red Kimono,' the protagonist, Gabrielle Darley, throws away her garment and moves on to a better life. Real life is more complicated.
Google's shift to 'profiling' is being billed as a privacy boon – but it's also a strategic pivot.
Wearable devices can help track the spread of COVID-19 in places where smartphone use isn’t possible.
The government of Ontario's announcement of funding of a wearable contact tracking device for workplaces raises concerns about privacy and surveillance.
Our newfound ability to reincarnate the dead as chatbots presents several legal and ethical dilemmas.
Digitizing archives can make information more accessible, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the coronavirus pandemic, digitizing archives can help increase access. But in addition to the labour and financial costs, issues of privacy, copyright and resources need to be considered.
New online safety laws will allow 'harmful' sexual content to be taken down within 24 hours
The Constitutional Court judgment is a huge victory, not only for journalists and lawyers who stand to benefit directly and immediately, but for broader society.
Exposure notification systems alert people when they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but don’t record the information.
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Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.
Researchers are now confined to the collection of specific information only directly from individuals.
New law has significant implications for researchers in general, and for those involved in the health sector in particular.
In the U.S., the internet never forgets.
A recent Labor Department memo urges agencies to avoid releasing press releases accusing companies of violating laws, to protect the companies' reputations. People are denied the same protections.
A Victorian government proposal to build a clinical information system for every Victorian, with no opt-out, has merits, but the many risks to privacy must be addressed.
Australia has hesitated in the past to adopt a strong privacy framework. A new government review provides an opportunity to improve data protection rules to an internationally competitive standard.
The growing use of artificial intelligence in health care should be driven by careful consideration of what is important to members of the public.
The use of artificial intelligence in health care is on the rise, and the concerns of the public need to be considered in developing policy that regulates its application.
You might need permission to record a doctor's appointment and extra permission to share it. That depends on where you live.
New DNA analysis revealed that Calvin Hoover killed Christine Jessop in 1984. Toronto Police Chief James Ramer sits next to a screen displaying photos of Calvin Hoover during a news conference on Oct. 15, 2020.
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Christine Jessop was murdered in 1984 and, 36 years later, DNA evidence finally identified her killer. But the police investigation's use of genetic genealogical databases raised questions about privacy.
Differential privacy lets organizations collect people’s data while protecting their privacy, but it’s not foolproof.
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Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.
Many online users give consent for use of their data without worrying about the implications.
Our current digital era and reliance on technology favours information as a form of capital.