Last Updated on 8 December 2023 by Daniel P. Alison Paprica, University of Toronto; Amy Hawn Nelson, University of Pennsylvania; Donna Curtis Maillet, University of New Brunswick; Kimberlyn McGrail, University of British Columbia, and Michael J. Schull, University of Toronto As the volume and variety of data about people increases, so does the number of… Continue reading Want to know if your data are managed responsibly? Here are 15 questions to help you find out
Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University We have reached a key juncture in the debate about online privacy, following Meta’s recent decision to offer some users paid-for ad-free access to Facebook and Instagram. The time has come to decide how much we value keeping our data, tastes and whereabouts to ourselves. The main and often only way… Continue reading Facebook’s new ad-free tier could end annoying consent pop-ups, but it could also put a price on your privacy
Last Updated on 26 November 2023 by Daniel Identifying a high-risk website is crucial to protect yourself from potential threats such as scams, malware, or phishing attempts. Here are some signs that a website may be high-risk: Always trust your instincts and err on the side of caution. If a website raises concerns, it’s safer… Continue reading How can you spot a high risk website?
Robert Diab, Thompson Rivers University If someone was accused of a crime and police suspected that evidence could be found on their phone, would it surprise you to learn that the police can order them to provide their password? Following Britain’s lead, Australia recently passed a law that allows police to compel decryption, which means… Continue reading Compelling people to reveal their passwords is posing a challenge to police and courts
Last Updated on 25 October 2023 by Daniel Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O’Shea, Edith Cowan University In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. After months of speculation about national security risks and users’ data being harvested by the Chinese Communist Party,… Continue reading Microsoft’s takeover would be a win for TikTok and tech giants – not users
Last Updated on 16 October 2023 by Daniel Katharine Kemp, UNSW Sydney Cars with internet-connected features are fast becoming all-seeing data-harvesting machines – a so-called “privacy nightmare on wheels”, according to US-based research conducted by the Mozilla Foundation. The researchers looked at the privacy terms of 25 car brands, which were found to collect a… Continue reading Cars are a ‘privacy nightmare on wheels’. Here’s how they get away with collecting and sharing your data
Kristen Schiele, University of Southern California Elon Musk’s recent rebranding of Twitter as X is a step toward the CEO’s goal of developing an “everything app.” Musk’s vision is for X to mark the spot for all your digital needs – to chat with your friends, order groceries, watch videos and manage your finances, all… Continue reading Elon Musk aims to turn Twitter into an ‘everything app’ – a social media and marketing scholar explains what that is and why it’s not so easy to do