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"The larger issue to me is that Facebook is adding Instagram data to its own," says Ryan Calo, a privacy researcher at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. "Instagram users thought they were signing up for a simple service, of relatively little utility to advertisers or government. Now that data is likely to be combined with an entire social graph. I picture the consumer happily paddling down a data rivulet only to find themselves suddenly on the open waters of the social sea."
Sure, it connects you with people, the Internet, stupid games and even your bank account. But it’s also a tracking device that your family, your favorite retailer and virtually any law-enforcement agency in the world can use to find you.
An expected increase in domestic drones can largely be regulated under existing legal frameworks, analysts argued at a Brookings Institution event on Wednesday.
Nearly 60% of smartphone users employ apps that access their location data despite having concerns about risks to their privacy and even personal safety, according to a survey conducted by ISACA, a nonprofit group that focuses on risk and security management.
Stanford's Workshop on Internet Tracking, Advertising and Privacy last year was attended by executives from big valley tech companies, important privacy researchers and high-ranking government regulators. But one of the most influential people in the room was a graduate student in his mid-20s.
During a break at the "WiTap" conference, that student, Jonathan Mayer, flipped open his laptop to demonstrate his new privacy research. A knot of people gathered, including Edward Felten, chief technologist of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the privacy and antitrust watchdog over powerful companies like Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Facebook and Microsoft.
"Jonathan has done a lot of important research on understanding and measuring privacy practices," Felten said in a recent interview. "That certainly has had an impact on the public policy discussions" about Internet privacy.
The other leap that society has to make is from driver liability to manufacturer liability. When a company sells a car that truly drives itself, the responsibility will fall on its maker. “It’s accepted in our world that there will be a shift,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a legal fellow at Stanford University’s law school and engineering school who studies autonomous-vehicle law. “If there’s not a driver, there can’t be driver negligence. The result is a greater share of liability moving to manufacturers.”
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Many, many people think that attribution is a key part of copyright law, but in the US it's really not a part of the law at all (with a few tiny, nearly meaningless exceptions). Attribution issues may come up in situations of plagiarism, but they have little do with copyright infringement, which is infringement with or without attribution. Elsewhere, there are issues of moral rights, but for the most part, the US does not recognize moral rights in copyright. Of course, many have argued that perhaps attribution is more important than much of what is in copyright law, and at times there have been efforts to focus more on the question of attribution over infringement. A recent study has tried to quantify some issues around this idea and put questions about the value of attribution into context. Eric Goldman points our attention to this recent paper by Christopher Sprigman, Christopher Buccafusco and Zachary Burns which is entitled Valuing Attribution and Publication in Intellectual Property.
CIS Non-Residential Fellow Catherine Crump quoted in this BusinessWeek article.
If you want to become a state trooper in Virginia, you should probably delete any indelicate information you have on Facebook. During the job interview process, the Virginia State Police requires all applicants to sign into Facebook, Twitter, and any social-networking site to which they regularly post information in front of an administrator.