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  • Privacy in the Age of Augmented Reality - Alessandro Acquisti - Video

    In his talk, Alessandro Acquisti links two streams of research he is conducting at Carnegie Mellon University: the "behavioral economics of privacy," and the study of privacy and disclosure behavior in online social networks. First, he will highlight how research in behavioral economics can help us make sense of apparent inconsistencies in privacy (and security) decision-making, and will present results from a variety of experiments in this area he conducted at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Drones to Soar Over US and Canada Sooner than Thought?

    Date published: 
    April 23, 2012

    Ryan Calo, a researcher at Stanford Law School, tells the Wall Street Journal that he expects more entities to seek approval as drones are retired from use overseas and they become more affordable for domestic use. Does that mean we should expect positive results, though, or concerns over privacy?

    "The very same drone that was staking out a nest of insurgents and possibly shooting them could be deployed in New York for surveillance,” Calo tells the Journal.
    Read the full story at the original publication link below. 
  • ACLU: Wireless Carriers Enable Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

    Date published: 
    April 20, 2012

    While law enforcement organizations across the country may be tracking people using their cellphones, police are finding willing partners in wireless phone companies, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer said on Friday.

    Many cellphone companies have created departments and even online portals to help law enforcement request location data on people, often without a warrant, ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said during a taping of C-Span's "The Communicators" on Friday.
    Read full story at the original publication link below. 
  • To Read All Those Web Privacy Policies, Just Take A Month Off Work

    Date published: 
    April 19, 2012

    Internet surfers have long worried that they have insufficient control over their online privacy — despite the privacy policies many people agree to when they visit websites or use online services. There are data to support the surfers' feelings: Online privacy policies are so cumbersome and onerous that it would take the average person about 250 working hours every year — about 30 full working days — to actually read the privacy policies of the websites they visit in a year, according to an analysis by researchers Aleecia M. McDonald and Lorrie Faith Cranor.


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