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Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.
Research indicates people would be willing to give up privacy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seattle residents walk past a wall of posters encouraging Americans to fill out their census forms.
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It's important to strike a balance between protecting Americans' privacy and having accurate statistics for governments and businesses to make data-based decisions.
Singapore’s successful use of a mobile contact tracing app is among the ways New Zealand could use technology better in its COVID-19 lockdown.
Automated text messages if your phone detects you're a long way from home, or discounted home internet, are just a few possible technology solutions to make New Zealanders "stay home to save lives".
Facial recognition software could be applied to managing people during pandemics.
Recently, police forces have come under criticism for their engagement of facial recognition technologies. But pandemic response plans may increasingly incorporate surveillance.
People are reflected on a volunteer’s sunglasses outside a neighborhood alley in Beijing that is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 1, 2020.
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Some measures taken in China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have raised concerns about patient privacy. As other countries bring in containment measures, will patient privacy be compromised?
Fears of the census may have informed the Bureau’s 2020 tagline.
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A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
New technology has created new options for women in Jordan.
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Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
You’d thinking flying in a plane would be more dangerous than driving a car. In reality it’s much safer, partly because the aviation industry is heavily regulated. Airlines must stick to strict standards…
The more we use facial recognition, the more we see its limits and its risks.
Epigenetic clocks are a fascinating new technology, but some potential applications are controversial.
Pediatric epigenetic clocks have the potential to accurately assess biological age. However, possible applications in law enforcement and immigration raise ethical issues.
Going for a run… with big data.
The use of online health platforms is on the rise, allowing us to track and share our personal data. While such platforms have promise, significant scientific, ethical and privacy questions remains.
As data breaches occur more frequently, could blockchain provide greater protection for our health data?
Data breaches are on the rise, but blockchain can provide a secure way for consumers to manage their data and their privacy.
Hey Alexa, who are you sharing my data with?
Monaco and Japan have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. But calculating an individual’s life expectancy will require taking data analysis several steps further.
Predicting life expectancy remains in the realm of science fiction, but it may soon be possible. Are we prepared for such information? And who else would benefit from this knowledge?
Anonymised data is crucial for AI to work.
Medical data will need to be treated as precious to our health as drinking water.
Blood samples from pediatric health screenings can provide valuable data for public health research.
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The EPA is considering a rule that would limit what kinds of science regulators can use in setting rules. A scholar explains how this shift would bar his work mapping child lead poisoning.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns.
When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not an accurate source of health information. Users should also consider the future privacy implications of sharing their genetic data.
DNA testing kits will be a popular gift this holiday season. Before mailing off your saliva, it’s important to understand what these kits can and cannot tell us.
Of the 23 recommendations made in the ACCC’s final report, the government supported six in their entirety, ten “in principle”, “noted” five and rejected two.
The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.