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The origin and future of spam and other online intrusions
What does the future of digital spam look like, what risks could it pose to our personal security and privacy, and what can we do to fight it? (2019-07-25)
Anonymizing personal data 'not enough to protect privacy,' shows new study
Current methods for anonymizing data leave individuals at risk of being re-identified, according to new research from University of Louvain (UCLouvain) and Imperial College London. (2019-07-23)
Study shows new moms may be vulnerable to 'sharenting'
Two related studies found evidence that women's feelings of vulnerability about being a mother are linked to their posting on social media -- and those posts sometimes include their children's personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates, and photographs.The researchers suggest the need for enhanced governmental guidance to protect children's online privacy from commercial entities, as well as more parental education about the consequences of sharing children's personal information. (2019-07-23)
NUS 'smart' textiles boost connectivity between wearable sensors by 1,000 times
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have incorporated metamaterials into conventional clothing to dramatically improve signal strength between wearable electronic devices. (2019-07-16)
Keeping children safe in the 'Internet of Things' age
Children need protection when using programmable Internet computing devices -- and Lancaster University scientists have drawn up new guidelines to help designers build in safeguards. (2019-06-21)
Genes for Good project harnesses Facebook to reach larger, more diverse groups of people
In 2015, a group of researchers hypothesized that our collective love of Facebook surveys could be harnessed for serious genetic studies. (2019-06-13)
People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data
The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. (2019-06-13)
Sound waves bypass visual limitations to recognize human activity
Video cameras continue to gain widespread use, but there are privacy and environmental limitations in how well they work. (2019-05-28)
Restaurant acoustics that schmeckt
Acoustics consultant Klaus Genuit says that new ISO guidelines for defining, measuring and evaluating soundscapes are a big step forward in guiding the creation of audibly fine restaurants. (2019-05-17)
Same computer password for the last 10 years? You might need a vibrating cybernudge
Technology used in exercise and lifestyle apps may hold the key to answering that most difficult of challenges -- getting people to change their passwords and better protect their online privacy and data. (2019-05-15)
SUTD researchers demystify centralization in cryptocurrency mining
SUTD researchers have developed a novel approach to untangle the centralization phenomena in blockchain mining by employing the rich economic theory of Oceanic Games. (2019-05-14)
Study finds Wi-Fi location affects online privacy behavior
Does sitting in a coffee shop versus at home influence a person's willingness to disclose private information online? (2019-05-10)
Nursing home cameras aim to protect the vulnerable but present ethical dilemmas
With reports of crimes against nursing home residents gaining media attention around the country, seven states have passed laws regulating the use of cameras in care facilities. (2019-05-07)
New approach could accelerate efforts to catalogue vast numbers of cells
Artistic sketches can be used to capture details of a scene in a simpler image. (2019-05-03)
Design flaws create security vulnerabilities for 'smart home' internet-of-things devices
NC State researchers find countermeasures for designers of security systems and other smart home devices. (2019-05-02)
Cryptographic breakthrough helps spies to shake hands
When spies meet, they use secret handshakes to confirm their identities, ensuring they are who they say they are. (2019-04-30)
Study examines privacy policies, data sharing of popular apps for depression, smoking cessation
This study looked at the privacy practices of popular apps for depression and smoking cessation. (2019-04-19)
National effort urged to overhaul 'broken' health data system
Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, say three experts in data privacy. (2019-04-17)
New research: Optimize open floor plans by shuffling workstations
New research from the Tepper School of Business suggests that changing work spaces pushes people out of their comfort zones, allowing employees to learn from each other and generate more innovative ideas. (2019-04-11)
Privacy curtains used in healthcare worldwide are a potential source of drug-resistant bacteria transmission to patients
New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16) shows that contamination of privacy curtains with multidrug-resistant organisms is a common problem and could be a source of disease transmission to patients. (2019-04-11)
New algorithm helps to detect and analyze suspicious activity in surveillance footage
New research from Binghamton University, State University of New York, could make it easier to track and process suspicious activity in surveillance footage. (2019-04-09)
Digital health must be reimbursed to cope with chronic disease
Sophia Antipolis, 28 March 2019: Health systems must reimburse digital health and integrate it into routine care to cope with chronic disease. (2019-03-28)
Model learns how individual amino acids determine protein function
A machine-learning model from MIT researchers computationally breaks down how segments of amino acid chains determine a protein's function, which could help researchers design and test new proteins for drug development or biological research. (2019-03-25)
Data sharing by popular health apps is 'routine', research finds
Researchers call for greater regulation and transparency as analysis of medicines-related apps found most directly shared user data -- including sensitive health data -- with third parties, posing an unprecedented privacy risk. (2019-03-21)
A study analyzes pre-installed software on Android devices and its privacy risks for users
A study that encompasses 82,000 pre-installed apps in more than 1,700 devices manufactured by 214 brands, reveals the existence of a complex ecosystem of manufacturers, mobile operators, app developers and providers, with a wide network of relationships between them. (2019-03-19)
Teachers 'scarred' by legacy of 1988 anti-LGBT+ law
LGBT+ teachers who taught in schools during the late 1980s and 1990s remain scarred by the effects of Section 28 of the Local Government Act in England -- a piece of legislation introduced in 1988 banning the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools -- according to new research published in the journal Sex Education. (2019-03-12)
New in the Hastings Center Report, January-February 2019
Social media as a bioethics issue: several articles examine concerns raised by integrating social media platforms and artificial intelligence into medical practice, research, and public health. (2019-02-21)
Putting data privacy in the hands of users
MIT and Harvard University researchers have developed Riverbed, a platform that ensures web and mobile apps using distributed computing in data centers adhere to users' preferences on how their data are shared and stored in the cloud. (2019-02-20)
Altered data sets can still provide statistical integrity and preserve privacy
Synthetic networks may increase the availability of some data while still protecting individual or institutional privacy, according to a Penn State statistician. (2019-02-16)
New legislation needed to regulate police facial recognition technology
Facial recognition technology, being trialled by two major police forces in Britain, should be subjected to more rigorous testing and transparency, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Monash University. (2019-02-07)
When the insurance company monitors your driving in real time does it help?
A new study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science finds that the auto insurance industry's Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) approach, which uses on-board technology to report drivers' real time driving behavior, benefits both the motorist and the insurer. (2019-02-06)
Self-driving cars and geospatial data: Who holds the keys?
As self-driving cars continue to develop, there will be plenty of data amassed through cars' navigational technologies. (2019-02-05)
Cell lines deserve unique considerations when creating research protections, authors say
New rules recently went into effect, seeking to protect patients who donate tissue samples for research in the age of genetic sequencing. (2019-01-31)
Better safeguards for sensitive information
Despite being the most advanced quantum technology, secure encryption of information units based on a method called quantum key distribution (QKD) is currently limited by the channel's capacity to send or share secret bits. (2019-01-28)
Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account
New research shows that on social media, like Facebook, privacy can be at risk, even if a person doesn't have an account. (2019-01-21)
Artificial intelligence advances threaten privacy of health data
Advances in artificial intelligence, including activity trackers, smartphones and smartwatches, threaten the privacy of people's health data, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. (2019-01-03)
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)
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