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PRG News Roundup: December 7th

December 8, 2016 12:00 pm Paula Kift 0
By Alexia Ramirez Popular Chinese credit rating firms, Sesame Credit and China Rapid Finance, have been reported to use consumer’s online-shopping habits and social networks to calculate their credit scores. The companies reward consumers with good credit scores with perks such as express service at hotels or deposit-waivers on rental cars, which serves to incentivize consumer participation and the relinquishing of such personal data.…
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PRG News Roundup: November 16th

November 16, 2016 4:34 pm Paula Kift 0
By Eliana Pfeffer Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.…
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PRG News Roundup: November 2nd

November 9, 2016 11:47 am Paula Kift 0
By Caroline Alewaerts The news of the discovery of new e-mails potentially relevant to Hillary Clinton’s private server investigation is all over the media. The fact that these e-mails have been discovered as part of an unrelated investigation raises an important question regarding compliance with the 4th Amendment.…
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PRG News Roundup: October 26th

October 27, 2016 8:48 am Paula Kift 0
By Alexia Ramirez AARP has filed a lawsuit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to the growing number of employers who financially incentivize their workers to sign up for wellness programs. AARP argues that the programs, which force individuals to choose between financial penalties and the disclosure of private medical information, violate anti-discrimination laws meant to protect workers’ medical information.…
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Facebook Wants You to Get Even More Political

October 26, 2016 12:21 pm Paula Kift 0
By Sofia Grafanaki Facebook rolled out a new feature last week, allowing users to officially endorse a presidential candidate. It is very simple to use – all a user needs to do is go on the candidate’s Facebook page and click on the “endorsement” tab to add his/her own endorsement.…
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Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

October 20, 2016 4:51 pm Paula Kift 0
By Sofia Grafanaki A new and promising approach seeks to disrupt ISIS online recruiting efforts through targeted advertising, as presented at a recent event at the Brookings Institution. Google’s tech incubator Jigsaw (previously called Google Ideas), together with Moonshot CVE, Quantum Communications, and the Gen Next Foundation, developed a plan to help the fight against terrorism.…