Privacy Research Group Blog

Agricultural Privacy?

Here’s the story I mentioned at PRG today about farmers giving their farm data to big agricultural companies for analytic purposes. I think the article calls to mind the lack of focus on non-urban subjects when we talk about surveillance and privacy, something I’ve been thinking about recently since many of my truckers come from rural backgrounds.…

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iBeacon might be a scary tracking tool. It might also become a Privacy Enhancing Technology

A recent article in Wired describes iBeacon, a new Apple technology that profoundly increases automatic information sharing capabilities between devices. Based on Bluetooth Low Energy technology is already built into new Apple and Android devices, and is spreading rapidly thanks to new products and services that support it.…

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IAPP Westin Research Fellowships

Of possible interest from Omer Tene:  Established in 2013, the IAPP Westin Research Center was created to encourage and enable research and scholarship in the field of privacy. Each year, the IAPP welcomes two or more recent graduates to spend 12 months on site with our team, reporting to the VP of Research and Education, and working on a broad array of privacy research projects.…

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Internet architects propose encrypting all the world’s Web traffic

See details here.…

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Are access and correction tools, opt-out buttons, and privacy dashboards the right solutions to consumer data privacy?

The past year has seen consumers being given new tools to control the data that advertisers and data brokers collect about them. These developments might point to a new direction in consumer data privacy and are provoking live debate.


Consumer data broker access and correction

In September 2013, date broker Acxiom announced the launch of a new website,, which allows individuals to view and correct information that Acxiom collects about them, as well as opt out of inclusion in its products for advertisers. …

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Sloan Cybersecurity Lecture at NYU-Poly

As part of the FTC’s “Reclaim Your Name” initiative, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill delivered the Sloan Cybersecurity Lecture at NYU-Poly. Her talk focused on the rise of big data as a social force, the historical role of the FTC in privacy protection, and the roles that different parties (i.e.…

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Extra-PRG Meeting on the Technical Implications of the NSA and GCHQ Revelations

On the 27th of September, we organized an extra Privacy Research Group (PRG) meeting on the technical implications of the NSA and GCHQ surveillance programs as revealed by Edward Snowden and The Guardian. Specifically, given what we know from media reports and discussions among the security community, the meeting provided us with an opportunity to explore answers to the following three questions:


  1. What are the technical surveillance capabilities of the NSA and GCHQ?
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Slides for “The Emotional Context of Information Privacy”

Hi all – if anyone’s interested, the (perhaps too cryptic) slides which accompanied my talk last week are available below. Many thanks for everyone’s feedback – more is certainly welcome!


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Cosmo publishes “10 Completely Terrible Apps No One Should Ever Use”

From an attentive MCC undergrad. Link here. The webpage itself tracks all onClick behaviors.…

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Is freedom from cross-border surveillance a human right?

Among the revelations about NSA surveillance this summer was the news that the United States engaged in massive surveillance of foreign governments and citizens, including embassies, delegations, and politicians of its allies and trading partners, and the offices of the European Union and the United Nations.…

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