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Regulation of facial recognition may be needed, US senator says

Regulation of facial recognition may be needed, US senator says | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"The growing use of facial recognition technology raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns, said Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's privacy subcommittee. Franken, during a subcommittee hearing, called on the FBI and Facebook to change the way they use facial recognition technology. Biometric information, including facial features, is sensitive because it is unique and permanent, Franken said.

 

'I believe that we have a fundamental right to control our private information,' he said. 'You can change your password, you can get a new credit card, but you can't change your fingerprint, and you can't change your face, unless you go to a great deal of trouble.'"

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Will Microsoft's Police Surveillance System Violate Your Privacy?

Will Microsoft's Police Surveillance System Violate Your Privacy? | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it
Some privacy groups are sounding the alarm about Microsoft's new police surveillance system.

"The Microsoft-powered police surveillance system being installed in New York City is an impressive bit of innovation: It connects a wide variety of technology already in use by the New York Police Department in a way that gives police a powerful new tool in preventing and solving crime.

The system, dubbed the Domain Awareness System (DAS), sounds like science fiction: Part Minority Report, part 1984. It connects thousands of security cameras in the city owned by the NYPD and private businesses, collecting and archiving up to 30 days worth of their archival footage at a time."

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The Privacy Pro's Challenge: It's Never Been a Better - or Busier - Time to Enter the Profession

The Privacy Pro's Challenge: It's Never Been a Better - or Busier - Time to Enter the Profession | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"There have never been so many job opportunities for privacy professionals. Nor have there ever been so many challenges. Trevor Hughes of the IAPP discusses what it takes to grow a privacy career."

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“Privacy”: Why it matters much more than you think

“Privacy”: Why it matters much more than you think | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

A provocative new book places the right to be left alone at the center of a just society. Why do we give it away?

 

"The greatest threat to privacy in contemporary America is a pervasive, shrugging indifference. Many (though not all) citizens are willing to give up a certain amount of their personal information to obtain credit cards, rent movies, post photos on Facebook and look at Web pages. After all, if you’re not doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide? At least that’s the logic flitting through many minds as they prepare to order groceries online or download the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey” onto their Kindles.

 

Garret Keizer’s slim, eloquent “Privacy” is a cri de coeur against this state of affairs, less a book of facts and theories than a series of provocative juxtapositions and suggestive arguments. It encourages its readers to reframe how they think of privacy before it’s too late. Read it to jolt your imagination into new territory, and to understand why the privacy that many of us sacrifice so readily ought to be held more dear."

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5 Online Privacy Intrusions You Don't Know About, and Should

5 Online Privacy Intrusions You Don't Know About, and Should | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"These days, you need a healthy dose of naiveté to think that your personal data isn't routinely bought, sold or tracked online. Tracking cookies are the norm on popular websites, and tech giants such as Google and Facebook have a reputation for mishandling and/or overcollecting users’ personal data.

 

But while those issues receive lots of attention, corporations and governments may keep an eye on you in other, lesser-known ways. Here are five online privacy intrusions that you might not know about."

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Balancing Privacy and Helpful Attention | Inside Higher Ed

Balancing Privacy and Helpful Attention | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"With online courses and new data systems on the rise, higher ed institutions are generating more data than ever before. While there are aspects of this movement that are truly promising, one reality is that we are making many assumptions about student behavior when interpreting some of this data."

"It can be argued that higher ed institutions are collecting and analyzing student data for economic reasons as well as learning outcomes, different goals than that of online advertisers in general. And presumably students are choosing to participate in an online learning environment where they know their data will be used to help them learn and provide feedback to their instructor. They also might be more used to being monitored online. Even given these unspoken rules, can anything be foreshadowed? 

Will students just accept that we will now know which textbook page they read, at what time, and for how long… and potentially act on that information? Or will students eventually want more control of the data they 'produce'?"

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Is Google Trying to Invade Your Privacy with Gmail Web Search?

"Google has announced that it will allow Gmail users to see e-mails in their Web search results. Is this the next important evolution for Google.com or has the search engine giant gone too far? The answer may depend on where users receive their information. Some reports have made it sound as if Google is going to allow the world to read a user's personal e-mails. That is not the case. According to Google's official blog , users' e-mails will only be revealed in their own private searches."

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FTC Dings Google $22.5M in Safari Cookie Flap

FTC Dings Google $22.5M in Safari Cookie Flap | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"Google has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them."

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Keen On… David Cho: Why Privacy Is The Valley’s Next Big Thing [Video]

Keen On… David Cho: Why Privacy Is The Valley’s Next Big Thing [Video] | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

"According to David Cho, the co-founder and CEO of Sidebark, 2012 is the year that privacy will go big (if not public). That’s because, as Cho told [TechCrunch TV] when he came into [their] San Francisco studio, we want to share our most personal data with our most personal friends – and that can only be done by making privacy the default feature of a social network."

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What is the State of Your Social Media Privacy? [Infographic]

What is the State of Your Social Media Privacy? [Infographic] | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Are you concered about your social media privacy? A recent infographic breaks down the personal data that social media sites obtain, as well as how they gather and use the data.

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Efforts to Update Outdated Privacy Act Gain Momentum

Efforts to Update Outdated Privacy Act Gain Momentum | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Subcommittee chairman Daniel Akaka is calling for an overhaul of the Privacy Act as he warns that current privacy statutes governing how federal agencies use citizens' personal information have failed to keep pace with the way government authorities use modern technology.

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A Homework Assignment for Privacy Stakeholders

A Homework Assignment for Privacy Stakeholders | Higher Education & Privacy | Scoop.it

Stakeholders from industry, consumer groups, government, academia, and the technical community began work toward crafting a code of conduct to promote transparency — one of the principles in the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights — in how consumer data is handled by mobile applications. After seeking public input, we chose this topic because it affects many consumers yet is a narrow enough issue for stakeholders to develop a code of conduct within a reasonable period of time. As stakeholders gain experience working together to address mobile app transparency, we are also laying the groundwork for tackling other privacy challenges.

 

The first meeting was a success. Hundreds of stakeholders participated, both in person and remotely. As the day progressed, we saw stakeholders raise constructive suggestions regarding what elements might be included in the code. Stakeholders also began to discuss the rules of the road for this process, proposing ways that the group can work together to develop the code.

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