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Using cellular networks to detect at-risk areas for spread of COVID-19
In the fight against COVID-19, researchers at Colorado State University have developed a new, non-invasive strategy to identify areas at greatest risk for spreading the disease. (2020-06-29)
Researcher develops tool to protect children's online privacy
A University of Texas at Dallas study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children's online privacy. (2020-06-23)
Data Security in Website Tracking
Tracking of our browsing behavior is part of the daily routine of Internet use. (2020-06-17)
Adding noise for completely secure communication
How can we protect communications against 'eavesdropping' if we don't trust the devices used in the process? (2020-06-11)
Do COVID-19 apps protect your privacy?
Many mobile apps that track the spread of COVID-19 ask for personal data but don't indicate the information will be secure. (2020-06-08)
Penn State researchers evaluate 2020 Census data privacy changes
After the US Census Bureau announced that it was changing how it protects the identities of individuals for the 2020 Census, a Penn State-led research team began to evaluate how these changes may affect census data integrity. (2020-06-03)
The interface of genomic information with the electronic health record
In an effort to provide practical guidance and important considerations regarding how genomic information can be incorporated into electronic health records, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has released, 'The interface of genomic information with the electronic health record: a points to consider statement of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG).' (2020-06-01)
Digital contact tracing for COVID-19: an analysis of strengths and limitations
An article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) analyzes the strengths and limitations of digital contact tracing for people infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to help governments decide if and how they might adopt this technology. (2020-05-27)
Patient notes could offer solution to the 'missing' Coronavirus diagnoses
GP's notes currently unavailable to medical researchers could provide clues to help manage major health crises -- like COVID-19. (2020-05-26)
Privacy flaws in security and doorbell cameras discovered by Florida Tech Student
Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to ''systemic design flaws'' discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allow a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed. (2020-05-26)
Most parents concerned about privacy, body image impact of tweens using health apps
Most parents say they have concerns about how health apps may impact children ages 8-12, according to the C.S. (2020-05-18)
Duality Technologies researchers accelerate privacy-enhanced collaboration on genomic data
Duality Technologies Researchers Accelerate Privacy-Enhanced Collaboration on Genomic Data - with Significant Implications for COVID-19 Research. (2020-05-14)
Web of psychological cues may tempt people to reveal more online
While most people will say they are extremely concerned with their online privacy, previous experiments have shown that, in practice, users readily divulge privacy information online. (2020-04-25)
Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds
Giving users of smart assistants the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, doesn't necessarily increase their trust in the platform, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (2020-04-25)
Beyond encryption: Protecting consumer privacy while keeping survey results accurate
Data privacy laws require encryption and, in some cases, transforming the original data to 'protected data' before it's released to external parties. (2020-04-17)
UCI team develops smartphone application for coronavirus contact tracing
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a tool that could be instrumental in this effort. (2020-04-15)
'I saw you were online': How online status indicators shape our behavior
After surveying smartphone users, UW researchers found that many people misunderstand online status indicators but still carefully shape their behavior to control how they are displayed to others. (2020-04-13)
Future quantum computers may pose threat to today's most-secure communications
Quantum computers that are exponentially faster than any of our current classical computers and are capable of code-breaking applications could be available in 12 to 15 years, posing major risks to the security of current communications systems, according to a new RAND Corporation report. (2020-04-09)
Special issue explores consumer access and power
A special issue from the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing explores the definition of consumer access and consumer power with some insights being prophetic as it relates to access during the current global health crisis. (2020-04-09)
First mobile app for caregivers of children with FASD reaches trial stage
In the summer of 2017, a group of University of Rochester researchers teamed up to create the first mobile phone app for caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). (2020-04-08)
COVID-19 contact tracing apps: 8 privacy questions governments should ask
Imperial experts have posed eight privacy questions governments should consider when developing coronavirus contact tracing apps. (2020-04-02)
Researchers unveil framework for sharing clinical data in AI era
Clinical data should be treated as a public good when it is used for secondary purposes, such as research or the development of AI algorithms, according to a new special report. (2020-03-24)
How secure are four and six-digit mobile phone PINs?
A German-American team of IT security researchers has investigated how users choose the PIN for their mobile phones and how they can be convinced to use a more secure number combination. (2020-03-11)
More than half of Americans want money, control in exchange for genetic data
As people become more aware of privacy concerns and the ways in which genomic database companies are profiting from their data, their expectations for compensation and control may increase, according to researchers at Penn State and Cornell University. (2020-03-11)
Artificial Intelligence to improve the precision of mammograms
The Artificial Intelligence techniques, used in combination with evaluations by expert radiologists, improve the precision in the detection of cancer through mammograms. (2020-03-05)
Engendering trust in an AI world
Regulators play a balancing act between protecting individuals and enabling business innovation, said speakers at a conference on AI and commercial law organised by SMU. (2020-03-02)
Cardiologists: Big data advances research, but shouldn't do so at the cost of privacy
Your doctor protects your sensitive health data. But in a new publication, experts assert it's important to check if that app you just downloaded will, too. (2020-02-24)
A salary in exchange for our data, new economic system proposed by a researcher from IMDEA Networks
Data and the economy stemming from them are the engine for the fourth industrial revolution. (2020-02-19)
Our digital afterlife
It's a problem unique to the 21st century: What happens to your digital self after you die? (2020-02-16)
Unilateral terms of service change may put health-tech consumer welfare at risk
Given the intimate nature of the data handled by health technology companies, Jessica Roberts and Jim Hawkins argue, in this Policy Forum, for stronger consumer protections. (2020-02-13)
UH Law center professors urge tighter controls on data held by health tech companies
University of Houston Law Center Professors Jim Hawkins and Jessica L. (2020-02-13)
Bu researchers identify privacy law gaps in high school STI health services
A new commentary by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers published in the journal Pediatrics uses the example of high school sexually transmitted infection (STI) programs to highlight how collaborations between schools and health departments can create gaps in student privacy. (2020-02-12)
Plugging into a 6G future with users at the center
For a communications revolution, 6G development needs more human-centric research. (2020-02-07)
Researchers develop first all-optical, stealth encryption technology at Ben-Gurion University
'Basically, the innovative breakthrough is that if you can't detect it, you can't steal it,' Professor Sadot says. (2020-01-29)
ASHG survey finds Americans strongly support human genetics research and potential
Americans are excited and optimistic about genetics and its emerging health applications, per a new survey by ASHG and Research!America. (2020-01-29)
The great e-scooter hack
New research out of UTSA finds e-scooters have risks beyond the perils of potential collisions. (2020-01-27)
Researchers find that cookies increase ad revenue for online publishers
How long has it been since you logged onto a Web site and you were prompted to decide whether to opt out of 'cookies' that the site told you will enhance your online experience? (2020-01-17)
Participants in environmental health studies vulnerable to re-identification
Before sharing human research data, scientists routinely strip it of personal information such as name, address, and birthdate in order to protect the privacy of their study participants. (2020-01-13)
New security system to revolutionise communications privacy
A new uncrackable security system created by researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the University of St Andrews and the Center for Unconventional Processes of Sciences (CUP Sciences) is set to revolutionize communications privacy. (2019-12-20)
Email users should have 'more control' over post-mortem message transmission
Email users should have far more control over the transmission of their messages upon death, a new Aston Business School study suggests. (2019-12-18)
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