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Cartoon: Implantable Devices and Privacy

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This cartoon is about implantable devices and privacy.  Increasingly devices require subscriptions, and there is tremendous lock in, as the devices can only work with a particular company’s services. Implantable devices up the ante – a person could be locked in for life.  The law must address lock in with more than data portability. When […]

Cartoon: Profiling

This cartoon is about profiling. A profile consists of a particular set of characteristics and behaviors that are deemed as suspicious by law enforcement.  Profiles can be created by people or generated by algorithms that identify suspicious things from data of known criminals or terrorists.

Cartoon: Privacy Harms

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Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, TransUnion v. Ramirez (U.S. June 25, 2021), prompted me to release this cartoon about privacy harms that I created a while ago.  In TransUnion, a group of plaintiffs sued TransUnion for falsely labeling them as potential terrorists in their credit reports. The Supreme Court held that only some plaintiffs had standing […]

Cartoon: Data Ethics

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This cartoon is about “data ethics,” a term for when companies make an effort to review the ethical ramifications of their activities involving personal data. I generally applaud looking at ethics broadly because it avoids being unduly constrained in its focus by narrow conceptions of privacy.  But there often isn’t sufficient rigor in the analysis […]

Cartoon: Video Recording

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This cartoon focuses on video recording – how people readily whip out their phones to record events involving people in distress. The “bystander effect” is often invoked to describe the phenomenon of why people watch an emergency unfold without trying to help the victim. Perhaps there should be a modern update to the “bystander effect” […]

Cartoon: The Relationship Between Privacy and Data Security

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I created this cartoon to highlight the relationship between privacy and data security. Privacy and data security are deeply interrelated.  Unfortunately, privacy is often overlooked as a key dimension of keeping data secure.  Minimizing data collection and ensuring that data isn’t retained for longer than needed both improve security immensely.  When there’s a data breach, […]