I have been spending a lot of time examining education privacy lately, and there are some very troubling things going on in this field. At a general level, schools lack much sophistication in how they handle privacy issues. Other industry sectors that handle sensitive personal data have Chief Privacy Officers and a comprehensive privacy program. […]
Category: Data Privacy
Posts about Data Privacy by Professor Daniel J. Solove for his blog at TeachPrivacy, a privacy awareness and security training company.
Are People Really Harmed By a Data Breach?
“It’s just a flesh wound.” — Monty Python and the Holy Grail Over at Privacy & Security Source, Andrew Serwin, a leading privacy lawyer and author of an excellent treatise on privacy law, has a very thoughtful and informative post [link no longer available] about cases where courts found no harm to individuals by data […]
Amazon Kindle Surveillance
Over at Red Tape Chronicles [link no longer available], Bob Sullivan notes that Amazon is keeping data on the passages people highlight in their Kindles:
Family Privacy Rights in Death-Scene Images of the Deceased
In Newsweek, Jessica Bennett tells the tragic story about a family being harassed by the spread of death-scene images of their daughter, who was killed in an automobile accident. The photos of Nikki Catsouras were particularly gruesome — Nikki was decapitated in the crash. According to the article, soon after the crash, photos taken by […]
The other day, I blogged about Facebook’s change in its Terms of Service, indicating it would keep user data potentially forever. In response to a public backlash, Facebook is restoring its old Terms of Service and will work to revise its Terms of Service to better define user rights. From CNN:
The Vexing Problem of Shared Personal Data
I blogged earlier about the recent privacy kerfuffle with Facebook’s potentially permanent control over user data. In that post, I critiqued the “trust us” response that Facebook and so many companies make when responding to issues involving the use of people’s data.
“Please Trust Us”: Facebook and Control of Personal Data
Recently, Facebook changed its Terms of Service (TOS). According to the New York Times:
When Clacks Squawk: The New Keystroke Surveillance
You thought keyboard clacking was just annoying noise. Little did you know your clacking is broadcasting what you’re typing! Berkeley researchers have developed a way to monitor your keystrokes without installing a device into your computer. Thus, far, keystrokes can be monitored via special software or other devices installed into people’s computers (either directly or […]