Of Interest

  • What is Amazon's responsibility over its facial recognition tech?

    Date published: 
    July 26, 2018

    "Perhaps, or perhaps not, said Woodrow Hartzog, who teaches law and computer science at Northeastern University. "The idea that this is simply neutral technology that can be used for good or evil and Amazon shouldn't be responsible, I think is purely wrong," he said.

    "It's not unreasonable to say if you build a product that is capable of harm than you should be responsible for the design choices you make for enabling the harm," he said, "and when you release it out into the world, you're doing so in a safe and sustainable way.""

  • Data Shows Broad Parts Of Miami Don't Have Parking Payment Options, Can Only Pay With PayByPhone App

    Date published: 
    July 25, 2018

    "“It’s not just about the one time you park, it’s about every time you park,” said Jen King, the Director of Consumer Privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It enables the abilities for the company -- and potentially law enforcement if they request it through the company -- to build a dossier on every place that you park. Some people won’t care about that. Other people will find that extremely sensitive.”

  • Comments on DOJ's "Cyber-Digital Task Force" Report

    Earlier this month, the Department of Justice’s “Cyber-Digital Task Force” released a report “assess[ing] the Department’s work in the cyber area.” The report, which runs over 150 pages, covers a broad range of topics. Among these, in the “Looking Ahead” chapter, is “Going Dark”: DOJ’s name for a constellation of issues that render the government “unable to obtain critical information in an intelligible and usable form (or at all),” primarily encryption (and default encryption in particular).

  • The Cybersecurity 202: Justice Department to mount another encryption push despite setbacks

    Date published: 
    July 24, 2018

    "The encryption push may be harder now that the public knows about law enforcement's errors. “DOJ has had years to 'collect accurate metrics' on encryption's impact on investigations on prosecutions, but the only number it has ever provided to the public is the one the DOJ had to admit was inaccurate,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “If they're serious about this, they should release those metrics once they have them, plus info about how they arrived at those numbers.”"

  • Europe has just hit Google with a record $5 billion fine. Expect fireworks.

    Henry Farrell
    Publication Date: 
    July 18, 2018
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    The European Commission, which administers antitrust policy in the European Union, has just hit Google with a record fine of 4.34 billion euros ($5 billion U.S.). This fine is intended to punish Google for the way in which it has structured the market for its operating system. Here’s what you need to know.

    The massive fine is for “tying” the operating system to specific applications.

  • Uber fills 'critical' role of chief privacy officer

    Date published: 
    July 18, 2018

    "But Albert Gidari, consulting director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, said it's not unusual to see a tech company without a CPO.

    "While there have been some very public mistakes, like many tech companies, [Uber] seems to have learned, albeit the hard way, to invest in a serious privacy and security infrastructure," Gidari said. "It is important for the CPO to be in the "C" suite, and Uber has made a serious hire with Ruby Zefo and Simon Hania.""


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