Data Privacy, Control, Transparency, and Regulation

I’ve writ­ten about pri­va­cy and per­son­al data a few times before, and my con­clu­sion gen­er­al­ly remains the same: our data has val­ue, and we should be able to ben­e­fit from the use of it, but we must be pro­vid­ed with con­trol and trans­paren­cy, backed up by strong reg­u­la­tion. Per­ti­nent to this, I was inter­est­ed to read The […]

Data use and privacy in Web services

Tim Cook recent­ly made a speech attack­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pa­nies (e.g. Google and Face­book) for mak­ing mon­ey by sell­ing their users’ pri­va­cy. The prob­lem with what he said is that, first of all, it’s fun­da­men­tal­ly incor­rect. As Ben Thomp­son points out (sub­scrip­tion required): It’s sim­ply not true to say that Google or Face­book are sell­ing off […]

Samsung, Voice Control, and Privacy. Many Questions.

It’s inter­est­ing to see the fuss around Samsung’s use of voice con­trol in its Smart TVs, because we’re going to see this hap­pen­ing with increas­ing fre­quen­cy and urgency as voice-pow­ered devices are more deeply inte­grat­ed into our per­son­al spaces. As well as oth­er Smart TV mod­els, Microsoft Kinect is already in mil­lions of homes, and […]

Some Further Thoughts On Privacy

The US has a (large­ly reli­­gion-dri­ven) absti­­nence-until-mar­riage move­ment; in some states, schools are not required to pro­vide sex­u­al edu­ca­tion to teens, and where it is pro­vid­ed, absti­nence from inter­course is pro­mot­ed as the best method of main­tain­ing sex­u­al health. But a 2007 meta-study found that absti­­nence-only at best had no effect at all on teen sex­u­al […]