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Warning labels seem like a good way to keep kids from sharing risky photos, but research data suggests otherwise. Clover No.7 Photography/Moment via Getty Images

Could Apple’s child safety feature backfire? New research shows warnings can increase risky sharing

Studies about warning labels aimed at protecting privacy raise red flags about Apple’s efforts to keep kids from sharing sexually explicit material.
Voters should be aware of how their personal data is being collected and used by political parties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Electronic tracking of voters is a thorny topic in a tight federal election race

During an election, political parties gather personal data about Canadian voters. This data collection isn’t regulated, and citizens should be concerned.
Undergraduate students need to learn the responsible use of data science as well as the nuts and bolts. Hill Street Studios/Stone via Getty Images

Data science education lacks a much-needed focus on ethics

Undergraduate programs are springing up across the US to meet the burgeoning demand for workers trained in big data. Yet many of the programs lack training in the ethical use of data science.
If you have an Apple device and upload photos to iCloud, the company will use some clever math to sniff them for instances of child abuse – without actually looking at the photos. Vinicius "amnx" Amano/Unsplash

Apple can scan your photos for child abuse and still protect your privacy – if the company keeps its promises

Apple will scan all photos uploaded to the cloud for child sexual abuse without actually looking at the photos. Privacy experts are concerned by the lack of public accountability.
It’s not you; many e-commerce websites are difficult to use by design. fizkes/iStock via Getty Images

What are dark patterns? An online media expert explains

Deceptively labeled buttons, choices that are hard to undo, web designs that hide options – these dark patterns are how some websites trick people into giving up their money and information.
HIPAA allows you to control disclosure of certain types of personal health information. Heath Korvola/DigitalVision via Getty Images

What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule? A health law scholar explains

While the HIPAA Privacy Rule prevents health care providers from sharing your health information without your permission, it doesn’t prevent other people from asking you about it.
Police see some difficult scenes; body cameras can record those and make them public. Tony Webster via Flickr

Body cameras help monitor police but can invade people’s privacy

Police body cameras have the potential to make private details about people’s lives, including some of the most stressful experiences of their lives, public and easily accessible online

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