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Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time

In this article, we examine a range of longterm data collections, conducted by researchers in social science, in order to identify the characteristics of these programs that drive their unique sets of risks and benefits. We also examine the practices that have been established by social scientists to protect the privacy of data subjects in light of the challenges presented in long-term studies. We argue that many uses of big data, across academic, government, and industry settings, have characteristics similar to those of traditional long-term research studies. In this article, we discuss the lessons that can be learned from longstanding data management practices in research and potentially applied in the context of newly emerging data sources and uses.

Source: Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time | Harvard University Privacy Tools Project

Managing Workforce Cyber Risk in a Global Landscape: A Legal Review

Whether malicious or inadvertent, workforce actions cause or contribute to over half of cyber attacks experienced by organizations. Protecting against such “insider” cyber risks can be challenging, especially given the global web of privacy, communications secrecy, and employment laws that may be implicated by monitoring workforce use of IT resources.

Source: Managing Workforce Cyber Risk in a Global Landscape: A Legal Review

‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get

Artificial intelligence keeps getting creepier. In one controversial study, researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated that facial recognition technology can identify gay people with surprising precision, although many caveats apply. Imagine how that could be used in the many countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense.

Source: ‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get – Bloomberg

Exposed! A Survey of Attacks on Private Data

Exposed! A Survey of Attacks on Private DataPrivacy-preserving statistical data analysis addresses the general question of protecting privacy when publicly releasing information about a sensitive dataset. A privacy attack takes seemingly innocuous released information and uses it to discern the private details of individuals, thus demonstrating that such information compromises privacy.

Source: Exposed! A Survey of Attacks on Private Data | Harvard University Privacy Tools Project

More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two

Welcome to the world of “sharenting” – where more than 80% of children are said to have an online presence by the age of two. This is a world where the average parent shares almost 1,500 images of their child online before their fifth birthday.

Source: More than 80% of children have an online presence by the age of two

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