Tag Archives: privacy

With privacy, communication is critical (but it isn’t everything)

Every week, we’re seeing new stories in the news that highlight the uneasy state of privacy norms. The announcement of Windows 10 came with swift backlash against “privacy nightmares,” Spotify’s new privacy policy sparked another wave of disbelief and outrage, and … Continue reading

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Are we building a data “genome”?

Lately, I can’t stop collecting examples of how data and algorithms have infused our daily lives. But it’s not just the ads we click on or the items we place in shopping carts. Today, data carries intimate information about our bodies, finances, friends, interests, politics, family histories … Continue reading

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What Brands Can Learn From Pinterest’s Privacy Updates

In the midst of all the complexity and fear about data usage and privacy, it’s nice to see an example of disclosure done well. A couple of weeks ago, Pinterest announced Buyable Pins, which will enable their users to buy products directly … Continue reading

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Is Twitter Obligated to Preserve Politicians’ Deleted Tweets?

Politicians everywhere are probably celebrating like crazy this week. The Sunlight Foundation, an organization dedicated to making politics accountable and transparent, was just told by Twitter that it would no longer have access to its developer API, which enabled the site’s … Continue reading

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Tim Cook Just Threw Down on Data Privacy, And It Was Awesome

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave what TechCrunch called a “blistering speech” on data privacy Monday night at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) “Champions of Freedom” event. “I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and … Continue reading

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Three Implications of ‘POPI’: South Africa’s New Legislation on Data Hoarding

There probably won’t be a TLC reality show about it anytime soon, but the concept of “data hoarding” is real, and it’s about to be declared illegal in South Africa, according to an article last week by ITWeb SA. The … Continue reading

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Facebook’s “Emotional Contagion” Experiment: Was it Ethical?

Update, June 29: Co-author Adam D. I. Kramer posts a response here. By now, you’ve probably heard that data scientists at Facebook recently published a study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science revealing that, in their words, “emotional states can … Continue reading

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