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The privacy risks of compiling mobility data
A new study by MIT researchers finds that the growing practice of compiling massive, anonymized datasets about people's movement patterns is a double-edged sword: While it can provide deep insights into human behavior for research, it could also put people's private data at risk. (2018-12-07)
Photo recognition that keeps personal interests private
Photo-based information services that use image recognition can identify a user's location and other private information, such as personal interests and tendencies. (2018-11-14)
Advertising in kids' apps more prevalent than parents may realize
Child consumer advocacy groups plan to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the study's findings. (2018-10-30)
These new techniques expose your browsing history to attackers
Security researchers at UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered four new ways to expose Internet users' browsing histories. (2018-10-30)
Accelerating drug discovery by crowdsourcing confidential data
Leveraging modern cryptographic and machine learning tools, researchers seeking to accelerate drug discovery have developed a way for multiple pharmaceutical companies and laboratories to collaborate without revealing confidential data. (2018-10-18)
Cryptographic protocol enables greater collaboration in drug discovery
MIT researchers have developed a cryptographic system that could help neural networks identify promising drug candidates in massive pharmacological datasets, while keeping the data private. (2018-10-18)
New file type improves genomic data sharing while maintaining participant privacy
Based on an analysis of data leakages and opportunities to prevent the potential misuse of genetic information, researchers have developed a new file format for functional genomics data that enables data sharing while protecting the personal information of research participants. (2018-10-17)
Crime and privacy: Using consumer genomics to identify anonymous individuals
Over 60 percent of individuals in the US with European ancestry -- including those that have not undergone genetic testing themselves -- can be identified through their DNA using data from open genetic genealogy databases, a new study reports. (2018-10-11)
Recent National Academies report puts research participants' rights at risk, say law scholars
In a Policy Forum article appearing in the Oct. 12, 2018 issue of Science, leading bioethics and legal scholars sound the alarm about a recent report from National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018-10-11)
Hospital privacy curtains may harbor dangerous germs: New study
Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2018-09-27)
Smart pills dumb down medical care, experts warn
Enthusiasm for an emerging digital health tool, the smart pill, is on the rise but researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have published a paper in the American Journal of Bioethics that cautions health care providers and policymakers to slow down when it comes to allowing this technology in patient care settings. (2018-09-20)
Illinois researchers develop method to cancel noise without ear-blocking headphones
Disruptive noise is almost everywhere, from people talking in the office corridor to road construction down the street to the neighbor's lawn mower. (2018-08-24)
Common Wifi can detect weapons, bombs and chemicals in bags
Ordinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools and other public venues, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study. (2018-08-15)
Deaths from resident-to-resident incidents in dementia offers insights to inform policy
Analyzing the incidents between residents in dementia in long-term care homes may hold the key to reducing future fatalities among this vulnerable population, according to a new research from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. (2018-08-14)
Scientists present concept for the elimination of traffic jams
A team of researchers from Cologne and New York presents proposals for the traffic management of the future. (2018-08-02)
UCLA biologist works to create a new field, merging the sciences and architecture
UCLA biologist leads effort to create a new field of study addressing collective behavior and physical spaces. (2018-07-24)
ACP Says genetic testing to reunite separated families should meet ethical principles
In a new policy issued today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) stated that immigrant families who have been separated at the border should be reunited as expeditiously as possible. (2018-07-11)
Study reveals privacy issues in smartphone headache apps
Headache diaries are a mainstay of migraine management, and many commercial smartphone apps have been developed to help people track their pain. (2018-07-05)
ESHG welcomes the Council of Europe's new protocol on genetic testing
The European Society of Human Genetics welcomes the Council of Europe's protocol on genetic testing for health purposes, which came into force yesterday. (2018-07-02)
Authentication of patients in medicine via online system should be discussed ethically
A group of researchers led by Osaka University indicated that the authentication system for medical research/treatment using ICT needs consideration to ethical issues including 1) respect for autonomy, 2) privacy protection and 3) relationship of trust.. (2018-06-25)
System allows surveillance cameras to 'talk' to the public through individual smartphones
Purdue University researchers have created a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy. (2018-06-14)
Most clinical trial participants find benefits of sharing personal data outweigh risks
Most participants in clinical trials believe the benefits of broadly sharing person-level data outweigh the risks, according to a new study by Stanford University researchers. (2018-06-06)
HIV study reveals new group of men at risk of infection
A study of HIV infection has identified a distinct group of men at risk of infection who have sex with other men, but are not open about their sexuality. (2018-06-04)
AI researchers design 'privacy filter' for your photos
As concerns over privacy and data security on social networks grow, U of T Engineering researchers led by Professor Parham Aarabi and graduate student Avishek Bose have created an algorithm to dynamically disrupt facial recognition systems. (2018-05-31)
Is it ethical to use genealogy data to solve crimes?
Despite the popularity of online genealogy services, it is unclear whether users understand that their genetic information is available for forensic purposes. (2018-05-28)
Novel NUS-developed hydrogel invented harnesses air moisture for practical applications
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has invented a novel gel-like material that not only effectively dehumidifies ambient air to improve thermal comfort, but it also harnesses the moisture in the air for a wide range of practical applications, such as functioning as a sun or privacy screen, conductive ink and even a battery. (2018-05-28)
Ultrasound-firewall for mobile phones
Mobile phones and tablets through so-called audio tracking, can be used by means of ultrasound to unnoticeably track the behaviour of their users: for example, viewing certain videos or staying in specific rooms and places. (2018-05-24)
Why are the elderly increasingly more inclined to live alone?
For decades, the elderly in Spain have shown a preference for living at home, either alone or with their partners, instead of sharing a home with relatives of other generations. (2018-05-21)
Emergency contact information helps researchers branch out family tree
A collaborative team of researchers from three major academic medical centers in New York City is showing that emergency contact information, which is included in individuals' electronic health records (EHRs), can be used to generate family trees. (2018-05-17)
New study reveals how electronic health records can benefit clinical trials
A new study by Swansea University academics has indicated that the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank can provide a simple, cost-effective way to follow-up after the completion of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). (2018-05-16)
Understanding veteran privacy rules could help improve counseling strategies
Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has found that veterans tend to disclose wartime information on a strict need-to-know basis, and that therapists treating veterans can improve their counseling strategies if they seek to understand veteran privacy rules that are formed by military culture. (2018-05-16)
The digital doctor's visit: Enormous potential benefits with equally big risk
One out of at least 10 patients records doctors' visits, usually on a cell phone, Apple recently released a new Health Records feature built into the Health app as part of iOS 11.3. (2018-05-14)
Protecting confidentiality in genomic studies
MIT and Stanford researchers have developed a system for protecting the privacy of people who contribute genomic data to biomedical studies. (2018-05-07)
'Smart' dresser prototype guides people with dementia in getting dressed
A new study published in JMIR Medical Informatics describes how a 'smart home' prototype may help people with dementia dress themselves through automated assistance, enabling them to maintain independence and dignity and providing their caregivers with a much-needed respite. (2018-05-01)
Smartphone app keeps an 'eye' on daily tuberculosis therapy
Johns Hopkins researchers report success with a smart phone video-based app that substitutes for a daily in-person visit by a health care worker required for tuberculosis treatment known as directly observed therapy, or DOT. (2018-04-26)
Thousands of mobile apps for children might be violating their privacy
Thousands of the most popular apps and games available, mostly free of charge, in the Google Play Store, make potentially illegal tracking of children's use habits, according to a large-scale international study co-authored by Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, a researcher at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid and ICSI, the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). (2018-04-24)
User control and transparency are key to trusting personalized mobile apps
As concerns about privacy increase for people using mobile apps, users' trust and engagement may hinge on perceptions about how the app uses their data and whether it seeks user input before delivering personalized services, according to researchers. (2018-04-24)
New UTSA study shows wearable technology also contributes to distracted driving
A new study by Murtuza Jadliwala, assistant professor of computer science at The University of Texas at San Antonio, examines wearable technology and whether it affects drivers' concentration. (2018-04-23)
Ben-Gurion University researchers develop algorithm to locate fake users on many social networks
Overall, the results demonstrated that in a real-life friendship scenario we can detect people who have the strongest friendship ties as well as malicious users, even on Twitter,' the researchers say. (2018-04-17)
Amid outcry over Facebook's privacy issues, new approaches are needed to protect consumers
Facebook's current privacy crisis and questions about how Google gathers, uses and stores our personal information demonstrate an urgent need to review and replace inadequate and outdated ways to regulate data and information, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. (2018-04-05)
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