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Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy

Casanovas, Pompeu and de Koker, Louis and Mendelson, Danuta and Watts, David, Regulation of Big Data: Perspectives on Strategy, Policy, Law and Privacy (June 1, 2017). Health and Technology (2017) DOI 10.1007/s12553-017-0190-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989689

“This article encapsulates selected themes from the Australian Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre’s Law and Policy program. It is the result of a discussion on the regulation of Big Data, especially focusing on privacy and data protection strategies. It presents four complementary perspectives stemming from governance, law, ethics, and computer science. Big, Linked, and Open Data constitute complex phenomena whose economic and political dimensions require a plurality of instruments to enhance and protect citizens’ rights. Some conclusions are offered in the end to foster a more general discussion.  This article contends that the effective regulation of Big Data requires a combination of legal tools and other instruments of a semantic and algorithmic nature. It commences with a brief discussion of the concept of Big Data and views expressed by Australian and UK participants in a study of Big Data use in a law enforcement and national security perspective. The second part of the article highlights the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy interest in the themes and the focus of their new program on Big Data. UK law reforms regarding authorisation of warrants for the exercise of bulk data powers is discussed in the third part. Reflecting on these developments, the paper closes with an exploration of the complex relationship between law and Big Data and the implications for regulation and governance of Big Data.”

Unisys Security Index™ U.S.

“The Unisys Security Index measures concerns of consumers on issues related to national, personal, financial and internet security around the world. In the U.S., the greatest increase in concern since 2014 was in the area of internet security: 51%. Learn more about concerns in the other areas.” Continue Reading

2017 Online Trust Audit Released

2017 Online Trust Audit Released – What Did We Learn? Jeff Wilbur, June 20, 2017  – “Today we released the 9th annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. This year’s Audit is our most comprehensive ever, assessing more than 1000 consumer-facing sites for their adoption of best practices in consumer/brand protection, site security and responsible… Continue Reading

Trooly background-check startup purchased by Airbnb

Bloomberg – Airbnb to Buy Background-Check Startup Trooly to Root Out Scams “Trooly delivers Instant Trust™ services that verify, screen and predict trustworthy relationships and interactions. We work with the world’s largest financial institutions, peer-to-peer marketplaces, marketers and employers. Our Instant Trust rating service is designed to fill a “trust gap” caused by the speed… Continue Reading

GOP Data Firm Leaks Personal Data on 61 percent of US population

Gizmodo: “Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses,… Continue Reading

EFF Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications

“Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF’s guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices. Select an article from our index to learn about a tool or issue, or check out one… Continue Reading

Internet Archive – Help Us Defend Net Neutrality

Help Us Defend Net Neutrality  – Chris Butler, June 6, 2017. “Please stand with the Internet Archive and over 50 allies in the effort to protect free speech by adding your name in support of net neutrality and writing to your Congressperson today. We have only 40 days left to stop a current FCC proposal that could upend… Continue Reading

Pew – The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?

“Despite wide concern about cyberattacks, outages and privacy violations, most experts believe the Internet of Things will continue to expand successfully the next few years, tying machines to machines and linking people to valuable resources, services and opportunities.” “The Internet of Things (IoT) is in full flower. The expanding collection of connected things goes mostly… Continue Reading

AdWeek – Facebook: Here’s How to Stop Users From Seeing the Things You Follow

Brandy Shaul – “Follow this guide to stop users from seeing the pages, people and lists you follow on Facebook. Did you know Facebook allows you to stop users from being able to see the people, pages and lists you follow on the platform? Here’s how to change this privacy setting from within Facebook’s mobile application…” Continue Reading

Gov’t replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards to protect against identity theft

“What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions… Continue Reading

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading

Google is trolling your online purchases to leverage their ad revenue

MIT Technology Review – Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You: “Google’s new ability to match people’s offline credit card purchases to their online lives is a stunning display of surveillance capitalism in action. The capability, which Google unveiled [the week of May 22, 2017], allows… Continue Reading