Category Archives for "Research"

Lax cloud compliance raises concerns about data breach legislation readiness

Digital security firm Gemalto last month released its “2018 Global Cloud Data Security Study” report, commissioning the Ponemon Institute to perform the research, surveying more than 3200 IT and IT security practitioners worldwide.

Source: iTWire – Lax cloud compliance raises concerns about data breach legislation readiness

Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata

More proof, if proof were needed, of the privacy-stripping power of metadata. A multi-year crowdsourced study, conducted by Stanford scientists and published this week, underlines how much information can be inferred from basic phone logs cross-referenced with other public datasets.

The research paper, entitled Evaluating the privacy properties of telephone metadata, details how the scientists investigated what they describe as the “factual assumptions that undergird policies of differential treatment for content and metadata”, underlining how easily they were able to generate detailed intelligence from metadata.

Source: Stanford quantifies the privacy-stripping power of metadata | TechCrunch

A Strong Privacy Policy Can Save Your Company Millions

Cyberattacks are on the rise, with over 1,000 data breaches occurring at U.S. organizations in 2016 alone, most often through hacking or external theft. And it isn’t only violated firms that are hurt by these incidents. Studying hundreds of data breaches, our research has found that they create significant ripples that affect other companies in the industry.

Source: Research: A Strong Privacy Policy Can Save Your Company Millions

Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties

Independent Oversight, Privacy Protections Are Needed San Francisco, California—Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today.

Source: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Systems Threatens Civil Liberties, Disproportionately Affects People of Color: EFF Report

(Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance

Does surveillance impact behavior? Many remain skeptical while others believe any effects, if they are real, are only temporary or trivial. Government surveillance is back in the news thanks to the so-called “Nunes memo”, making this is a perfect time to examine new research on the impact of surveillance.

Source: (Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance

Your smartphone location can be tracked – even if you’ve turned off the GPS

Religiously turning off location services may not save you from having your smartphone tracked: a group of IEEE researchers have demonstrated it’s possible to track mobes even when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned off.

Source: Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you’ve turned off the GPS • The Register

Mixpanel analytics accidentally slurped up passwords

The passwords of some people using sites monitored by popular analytics provider Mixpanel were mistakenly pulled into its software. Until TechCrunch’s inquiry, Mixpanel had made no public announcement about the embarrassing error beyond quietly emailing clients about the problem. Yet some need to update to a fixed Mixpanel SDK to prevent an ongoing privacy breach.

Source: Mixpanel analytics accidentally slurped up passwords | TechCrunch

Fairness and Accountability Design Needs for Algorithmic Support in High-Stakes Public Sector Decision-Making

Calls for heightened consideration of fairness and accountability in algorithmically-informed public decisions—like taxation, justice, and child protection—are now commonplace. How might designers support such human values? We interviewed 27 public sector machine learning practitioners across 5 OECD countries regarding challenges understanding and imbuing public values into their work.

Source: [1802.01029] Fairness and Accountability Design Needs for Algorithmic Support in High-Stakes Public Sector Decision-Making

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