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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cartoon: HIPAA Right to Access

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This cartoon is about the HIPAA right to access medical records. Obtaining access to one’s medical records is currently like a scavenger hunt. Patients have to call and call again, wait seemingly forever to get records, and receive them via ancient means like mail and fax. There have been several articles (here, here, and here) […]

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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, […]

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Cartoon: De-Identifying PHI under HIPAA

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  This cartoon is about de-identifying PHI under HIPAA.  De-identifying personal data is quite complicated. Researchers have been able to re-identify sets of personal data with just names, birth dates, and gender. The reason why de-identifying data is difficult is that there is more and more identified personal data online that can be matched up […]

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Cartoon: The Privacy Paradox

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This cartoon is about the “privacy paradox” — the phenomenon where people say that they value privacy highly, yet in their behavior relinquish their personal data for very little in exchange or fail to use measures to protect their privacy. I recently wrote an article about the privacy paradox: The Myth of the Privacy Paradox, […]

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