Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

China’s government is mass-collecting DNA from Tibetans | The Economist

September 30, 2022

https://www.economist.com/china/2022/09/13/chinas-government-is-mass-collecting-dna-from-tibetans

How spying on sewage could save lives | The Economist

September 30, 2022

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2022/09/08/how-spying-on-sewage-could-save-lives

DNA Deconvolution | Mixolydian

September 28, 2022

https://www.mixolydian.co/

How the Find My App Became an Accidental Friendship Fixture – The New York Times

August 20, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/20/technology/find-my-app-friends.html

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings | Apple | The Guardian

July 31, 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/26/apple-contractors-regularly-hear-confidential-details-on-siri-recordings

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer – The New York Times

July 31, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/13/technology/personaltech/abortion-privacy-roe-surveillance.html

Get law enforcement out of biospecimen authentication

June 18, 2022

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo5386

Not sure how meaningful this proposal is given how trivial it is to identify cell lines and individuals via sequencing. Moreover, it seems like it is trying to create “artificial silos” between research and law enforcement communities.

DEBRA J. H. MATHEWS AND NATALIE RAM
SCIENCE 16 Jun 2022
Vol 376, Issue 6599
pp. 1274-1276
DOI: 10.1126/science.abo5386

How ‘Trustless’ Is Bitcoin, Really? – The New York Times

June 18, 2022

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Mark Gerstein, a professor of bioinformatics at Yale University, found in the research implications for data privacy. He recently stored a genome on a private blockchain, which allowed for a secure and tamperproof record. But he noted that in a public setting, as with Bitcoin’s blockchain, a data set’s size and subtle patterns made it susceptible to breaches, even as the data remained immutable. (Ms. Blackburn wasn’t tampering with the Bitcoin blockchain’s records.)

“That’s the amazing thing about big data,” Dr. Gerstein said. “If you have a big enough data set, it starts to leak information in unexpected ways.” Even more so when data from different sources are connected, he said: “When you combine one data set with another to make a bigger data set, nonobvious linkages can arise.”
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/06/science/bitcoin-nakamoto-blackburn-crypto.html

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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending – The New York Times

June 9, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/23/technology/data-privacy-laws.html

Liked the article & esp. the quote: “The core idea of digital sovereignty is that the digital exhaust created by a person…should be stored inside the country where it originated, or at least handled in accordance with privacy & other standards set by a government.”

However, shouldn’t a person (“a digital sovereign”?) have the right to store their data where they see fit – e.g. in another country from where they are?

It’s Too Late to Protect Your Genetic Privacy. The Math Explaining Why. – WSJ

June 5, 2022

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-obscure-math-exposing-our-genetic-secrets-11653039002