In virtual and physical stores, retailers are tracking customers' buying habits, biometric information, and personal preferences. And few consumers even know they are being watched.
In his new book about medical privacy, Adam Tanner argues patients are in the dark about a multibillion dollar industry that profits from their medical records.
In his new book about kids and digital safety, Nathan Fisk argues that efforts to thwart cyberbullying shouldn't stop young people from participating in online communities where they can figure out the right ways – and wrong ways – to communicate.
The emergence of technologies that falsely promise to predict someone's behavior based on their facial features and expressions is a deeply troubling development.
The pop star said he's 'done taking pictures with fans.' While we live in a camera-ready, Instagram-obsessed society, fans should respect Bieber's request for privacy because even celebrities haven't forfeited autonomy.
Philosophy professor Michael Lynch says that privacy violations erode individuals' rights to autonomously make their own decisions and exercise individual power.
More schools are using social media services such as Facebook and Twitter to reach out to students, parents, and local communities. But educators may not understand the privacy consequences that those accounts have for students and parents.
Presidential campaigns are using sophisticated data mining and analytics software to gain the edge when it comes to courting voters. But the wholesale collection, storage, and sale of voters' political information raises serious questions over how potential supporters are targeted and how their information is exploited.
Sociologist Deborah Lupton says the growing use of health tracking technology is conditioning society to reveal more personal information about themselves, often giving it to corporations interested only in turning a profit.
According to a new survey, parents care as much about safeguarding kids' data as they do about their own financial information security. It's time for schools to become better stewards of data while teaching kids to be smarter and safer online.
Our inability to turn away when hackers and digital eavesdroppers publish someone's intimate details online encourages others to do the same, chipping away at everyone's ability to keep secrets.
Twitter's decision to give companies instant access to every public post means that users' comments will be tracked, mined, and analyzed more than ever before. Perhaps it's time to think twice before you tweet.
The breakdown in talks between advocacy groups and industry over facial recognition guidelines should alarm anyone who doesn't want to be recorded, identified, and cataloged everywhere they go.
Cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll explains how casinos use surveillance technology and algorithms to monitor and manipulate players and convince them to wager more.
Privacy researcher Elana Zeide says schools need more transparency about how student data is used by educational publishers and software companies.
The new Crystal app creates profiles 'for every person with an online presence' so its users can craft the ideal e-mail for every recipient. That's not only troubling for privacy, but also threatens to strip individuality out of our digital dialogue.
Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill says that obscurity means that personal information isn’t readily available to just anyone. In our age of aggressive data collection, she says safeguarding obscurity should be a key component of consumer protections.
Author Jacob Silverman argues that it's time for consumers to begin asking harder questions about whether companies such as Google should be trusted with so much personal data.
Laws against online abuse are often underenforced and many police departments need better training to confront threats on the Web. But author and privacy expert Danielle Citron says states are starting to do more, and the public is beginning to stand up against Internet trolls, bullies, and tormentors.
John Kaag, coauthor of 'Drone Warfare,' says a 'disturbing mix of provincialism and exceptionalism' is the reason why Americans are more concerned about domestic drone usage than military drones used in targeted killing abroad.
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