The thorny issue of tracking of location data without risking individual privacy is very neatly illustrated via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request asking London’s transport regulator to release the “anonymized” data-set it generated from a four week trial last year when it tracked metro users in the UK capital via wi-fi nodes and the MAC address of their smartphones as they traveled around its network.
Using code and the web, a data scientist follows two unnamed people and learns just how much our anonymous location data can say about who we are.
The rally of the alt-right in Charlottesville, Virginia—a motley crew of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan types and anti-Semites—took many people by surprise. It horrified millions of people, who thought that a small, dying breed of elderly rednecks constituted the “alt-right” and the neo-Nazi fringe. But the alt-right too was in for a shock. The men chanting hateful slogans learned a lesson about modern society. They learned that it is hard, and maybe impossible, to stay anonymous in this day and age. They learned, too, that a person who is outed publicly as a neo-Nazi or white supremacist will sometimes pay a heavy price and suffer serious consequences.
‘LocalMonero’ wants buying Monero to be even more anonymous.
New law would cripple researchers uncovering abuses of personal data while doing nothing to stop the spread of poorly anonymised data.
When governments acknowledged that computer hacking is increasingly made by criminals, hacking techniques employed by criminals were simply banned. This has solved the problem; since then we‘re not hearing of any data theft, fraud and so on.
Porn browsing habits and confidential documents are found in supposedly anonymised data.
As part of a project funded by Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the Electronic Health Information Library has released a pair of online courses focusing on data privacy and anonymization. Issued in both English and French, they represent an excellent primer for those looking to get up to speed on how to operationalize anonymization as part of a privacy program in the private sector.
In the United States, everyone – even people accused of offensive conduct – has the right to communicate anonymously, and that right should never be infringed without due process. Our Constitution guarantees this, whether your speech is popular or distasteful.