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,
Smart city planning will need to address data collection and protecting the privacy of minors in public space.
The history of how Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiaries manage children and data is a troubling one. How will Sidewalk Labs address concerns about minors and privacy in Toronto's Quayside project?
Facebook allows advertisers to target low-income Americans.
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The drumbeat of data breaches and the growing problem of identity theft disproportionately harm low-income Americans.
Technology can significantly improve governments’ surveillance abilities.
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
All sorts of data is collected on Australian farms, such as stock numbers and crop details.
Farming data collected by governments, agribusinesses and banks is regulated in a piecemeal fashion, and ends up beyond the reach of farmers.
Companies and governments have massive amounts of data about many people.
Consumers want better protection for their data, and businesses want clear national laws. Yet there is virtually no consensus about what a broad privacy law should entail.
A team of researchers has mapped out smart city technologies across Canada.
Canadian researchers have mapped smart city technologies throughout the country. The interactive map is intended to inform urban residents of the locations of technologies that may affect privacy.
Does a microchip implant have a deeper meaning?
Tiny electronic items can identify pets, clothes and even people. Evangelical Christians aren't the only people worried about what this technology might mean.
‘Right, let’s get some likes…’
Teaching our children about consent is important in any aspect of life, and online privacy should be no exception.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying to bolster his embattled company.
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CEO Mark Zuckerberg's claimed intent to focus on privacy will be hard to execute, will not happen soon and does not address major concerns about the company's role in society.
Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it’s not as secure as you might think.
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Facebook seems to be shifting its focus more towards privacy. But this might have some unexpected repercussions, as highlighted by recent research on the encrypted messaging service WhatsApp.
From town square to private connections: is that Facebook of the future?
Facebook says it's changing. Time will tell. In the meantime, privacy is under threat, news and journalism are suffering, and the algorithms employed by digital platforms are worryingly opaque.
The way it is now, we have almost no way to know how our data are being shared and used.
Algorithmic guardians could be programmed to manage our digital interactions with social platforms and apps according to our personal preferences.
The end of the era of self-regulation for big tech companies is nigh.