October 13

Latest bits on privacy and cybersecurity #11


Collection of articles, documents and research on data privacy and cyber-security that caught my eye. Hope, you’ll find them useful and interesting.

  • When AI breaks bad – A new report about artificial intelligence and its effects warns AI has reached a turning point and its negative effects can no longer be ignored.
  • Privacy Harms – this in-depth article by Danielle Citron and Daniel Solove explores US court cases on harm to privacy.
  • Busting Big ID’s myths – Similar to Big Tech, ​​Big ID refers to the market of actors selling and profiting from digital identification systems and infrastructure. These systems often involve biometric data collection and aim to replace or complement government ID systems.
  • Automated decision-making in the EU Member States: The right to explanation and other “suitable safeguards” in the national legislations.
  • The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search – Seemingly small design tweaks to the search results interface may change how and where people find information online.
  • Optimizing Breach Notification – this Article interrogates the structure and efficacy of the diverse set of data breach notification statutes and proposes an optimal regulatory path forward.
  • The birth of postmortem privacy – what will happen to your data when you die? Until now, most of the public had not thought about the intersection of technology, privacy and death, despite technology continually pushing legislative and regulatory boundaries.
  • How online ads discriminate – The risks and harms that are associated with hyper-targeted online ads have been widely documented. Yet, the same amount of attention has not been shown to the many ways in which harms and risks of online advertising are unequally distributed, and how targeted online advertising can have discriminatory effects.
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces: Privacy and Ethical Considerations for the Connected Mind – As computers become more integrated into the human experience, new ways of commanding computer systems and experiencing digital realities have trended in popularity, with novel uses ranging from gaming to education.
  • Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters – Facial-recognition systems, long touted as a quick and dependable way to identify everyone from employees to hotel guests, are in the crosshairs of fraudsters.
  • How China’s massive Digital Silk Road project threatens privacy around the globe – As China builds out fiber optic cables, cellular networks and satellite systems, it will also be able to build in powerful spying capabilities.
  • The State of Ransomware 2021 – Sophos’ annual ransomware survey delivers fresh new insights into the experiences of mid-sized organizations across the globe. It explores the prevalence of attacks, as well as the impact of those attacks on victims, including year-on-year trends. This year, for the first time, the survey also reveals the actual ransom payments made by victims, as well as the proportion of data victims were able to recover after they had paid.
  • Is there a role for consent in privacy? – After decades, we still talk about the role of notice and choice in privacy. Yet there seems to be broad recognition that notice and choice do nothing for the privacy of consumers.


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