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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Google users know that Google tracks what they do online across computers, smartphones, personal assistants, etc. Now Google has unveiled a new plan called Google Attribution which will follow users offline right into brick and mortar stores to track individual’s purchases through their credit card receipts so that advertisers can tell that their Google advertising works. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The “Right to Be Forgotten” is now enshrined in European Union law. What the heck is the “Right to Be Forgotten” and is it a good idea or, from a US point of view, a violation of our First Amendment?

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Some estimates suggest that there could be 50 billion connected devices in the world by 2020 making up a huge web that many refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT). From interconnected devices in our cars to our homes to our children’s toys and beyond, we humans are going to be interacting regularly with often artificially intelligent sensors and electronic devices. Are we ready to handle them all? A recent report from the Community Computing Consortium raises some pretty important questions. If you’d like to see the whole report yourself, take a look at cra.org/ccc/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/02/Safety-Security-and-Privacy-Threats-in-IoT.pdf.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We all know we are being tracked as we move about the web. Now a new study shows just how many tracking efforts there are on the web – 81,000+! Bad news! But the researchers found some (relatively) good news as well. Here’s why…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Former Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that he thought Edward Snowden had done a public service for Americans and generated a conversation that we needed to have about privacy and security. A recent vote in the Senate Intelligence Committee that would allow the FBI to gain access to information about our emails without a court order, and a new patent for a police cruiser light bar that would include facial recognition capability might make us wonder where that conversation is ending up.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Over 200 years ago, the philosopher Jeremy Bentham proposed a prison model called a Panopticon based on the belief that people change their behavior when they think they may are being watched. Recently, the National Telecommunications Information Administration has confirmed that people are behaving differently online today based on fears about privacy and security. That could be bad news for both our civic and our economic health in the US. To read about the report, go to www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2016/lack-trust-internet-privacy-and-security-may-deter-economic-and-other-online-activities. To listen, click right here.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As more and more things that we use every day, from cars to health bracelets, get connected to the Internet, and as personal information gets aggregated and stored in large centralized databases, the odds keep going up and up that one of these days, our personal information is going to get hacked. Here are some recent indications.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Humans are very good at identifying human faces. These days, computers are just as good, or even better, even when the person isn’t facing a camera. Most of us have a photo of ourselves somewhere on the web, even if we didn’t put it there ourselves. Facial recognition software can compare a picture taken in a store or gas station or even on the street with photos taken from the web and all the sudden our online and offline lives come together for retailers, marketers, and government agencies. For over a year, trade associations and privacy advocates have been meeting to try to come up with a voluntary set of guidelines for using facial recognition technology. Recently all nine privacy advocate organizations walked out of those meetings. Here’s why.

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