Tagged: Privacy

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Do You Really Want Full Access to Your Health Data?

The right to access your health information in a programmatic fashion also gives you the right to unwittingly give a random app developer access to your health information. Is this a right we actually want?

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23andMe Cashes In on Customer’s Data

Those Terms of Service agreements are not there for the fun of it, folks. Read them. Otherwise folks not names you will make lots of profit off of you, or things about you, without including you.

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23andMe to Share DNA data with GlaxoSmithKline

23andMe is sharing customer data with drug makers. They are allowed to do so under their user agreement. But like the Facebook outrage over personal data, how many didnt read the fine print and now will regret their decision?


Know Your Executioner

A condemned man in Tennessee wants his lawyers to depose the people who would be his executioners.


2013-2014 Term Recap (Save Two)

It’s the close of the term, and here’s a recap of the major cases from SCOTUS this year. Some surprising results. Some, not so much. Alsotoo: we’re waiting until Monday for the Hobby Lobby and Harris decisions.


A Fascinating Document.

The White House has released its new “Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies” today.


The NSA and Facebook Are Just Symptoms…

Each time we’ve come into a surveillance oriented debate, there’s always a codicil that requires us to compare private vs. state data collection habits. Much of the debate focuses on which type of actor...


The NSA and Privacy: Why Conservatives Should Not Be Sanguine

Defending the NSA’s program that collects information about the American public’s phone calls and emails, President Obama offered this bit of doublespeak: Well, in the end, and what I’ve said, and I continue to believe, is that we don’t have to sacrifice our freedom in order to achieve security. That’s a false choice. That doesn’t mean that there are not tradeoffs involved in any given program, in any given action that we take. So all of us make a decision […]


Privacy and Girls Around Me

This is what can happen when you don’t understand the fine nuances of privacy policies: you could wind up a pop-up on Girls Around Me (“GAM”). GAM is a really creepy iPhone app that...


Security Theater in One Lesson

“What are all these people complaining about? It’s like getting an X-ray. I would do absolutely anything if it makes air travel safer.” “Okay, great. Just one more security measure, then. Would you kiss...


Cato Unbound: The Digital Surveillance State

This month’s Cato Unbound features Glenn Greenwald on “The Digital Surveillance State.” He makes the case that it’s too big, too invasive, and too unwieldy to deliver on its promise of security. Rather than...