CIS in the news.

  • Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service?

    Date published: 
    January 16, 2018

    ""The whole point of a smart city is that everything that can be collected will be collected," says Al Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society in California. He argues that if smart cities wanted to give people more control over their privacy, by default they wouldn't collect any data. Instead, current proposals tend to put limits on the use of data only "after it's already been collected and the damage is done," Gidari says."

  • The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance.

    Date published: 
    January 16, 2018

    "“I think it is fair to say that the vote is significant for the future because it shows that Congress intends to ensure continued access to communications and data and will continue to accept the model of collection with procedural safeguards over access,” Albert Gidari, Director of Privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society, told Futurism."

  • Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.

    Date published: 
    January 15, 2018

    "The law has been unable to keep up with rapid advancements in auto technology, according to Ryan Calo, an associate professor of law at the University of Washington who teaches courses on robotics law and policy.

    “Ultimately, there’s no car privacy statute that car companies have to abide by,” he said. “Not only are automakers collecting a lot of data, they don’t have a particular regime that is regulating how they do it.”"

  • People calling Trump a racist, but will it affect him at the ballot box?

    Date published: 
    January 12, 2018

    "“The unabashed white nationalism of the president isn’t new, nor is his policy of collective punishment of entire nations of people. What’s new is the growing awareness of a larger and larger group of people that presidential bias has become national policy,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice in Oakland."

  • Chuck Johnson's Twitter Free Speech Suit Is Probably DOA

    Date published: 
    January 11, 2018

    ""The lawsuit is unlikely to be successful," says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School, who specializes in First Amendment theory. "But that doesn't mean there aren't really important questions about the level of power that these platforms have and the effect their policies have upon the state of free expression in our society, and by extension, how our democracy works.""

  • How to wipe personal data from work laptops and phones

    Date published: 
    January 10, 2018

    "Not so fast, says Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Many employees regularly co-mingle their personal life with their professional devices—using their work-issued laptop or mobile phone to log in to social-media accounts, correspond with family and friends, and shop online for the holidays, for example. Corporate-owned devices, she says, are often chock-full of personal data—and removing it isn’t as straightforward as it seems.

  • Release of police body camera recordings varies across Kansas

    Date published: 
    January 7, 2018

    "One of the most significant challenges in releasing body-camera recordings is balancing privacy with transparency, said Harlan Yu, executive director of Upturn, a nonprofit focused on technology and public policy.

    That balance can be facilitated when police departments craft their policies after discussions with the community they serve.

    “Different communities have different expectations,” Yu said."

  • 'Swatting' suspect was linked to many other hoax calls in L.A. and elsewhere before Kansas tragedy

    Date published: 
    January 6, 2018

    "Danielle Citron, a professor of law at the University of Maryland who specializes in privacy and cyberstalking, said the use of swatting as a form of payback gained more traction during the 2014 Gamergate controversy. Hoax phone calls against female members of the gaming industry and journalists were among many forms of harassment that exposed an ugly, misogynistic segment of the online gaming population.

    Those who engage in swatting often feel empowered by the anonymity provided by launching attacks from behind a computer screen, Citron said.

  • Months after Equifax data breach, we're still no closer to privacy protections

    Date published: 
    January 5, 2018

    "Kristen Eichensehr, an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law who specializes in cybersecurity issues, said the Europeans begin any privacy discussion with a presumption that individuals have a right to control their personal information.

    “We don’t have a similar right in this country,” she observed.

    For that reason, Eichensehr said, “it’s hard to imagine much of what Europe is doing being implemented in the U.S.”"

  • Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager

    Date published: 
    December 30, 2017

    "For Narayanan, most of the blame goes to the websites who choose to run scripts like AdThink, often without realizing how invasive they truly are. “We'd like to see publishers exercise better control over third parties on their sites,” Narayanan says. “These problems arise partly because website operators have been lax in allowing third-party scripts on their sites without understanding the implications.”"

  • Facebook Removes Chechen Strongman’s Accounts, Raising Policy Questions

    Date published: 
    December 28, 2017

    "“This sanctions law, which was written for one purpose,” said Jennifer Stisa Granick, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology project, “is being used to suppress speech with little consideration of the free expression values and the special risks of blocking speech, as opposed to blocking commerce or funds as the sanctions was designed to do. That’s really problematic.”"