Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Opinion | The Latest Data Privacy Debacle

March 25, 2018

Latest Data Privacy Debacle, by @Zeynep
https://www.NYTimes.com/2018/01/30/opinion/strava-privacy.html Explains how #privacy is not solely an individual decision. Even well-informed consent is not sufficient protection. Great example of how aggregating @Strava use inadvertently compromised military base locations
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“If so, you probably checked a box to accept the app’s privacy policy. For most apps, the default setting is to share data with at least the company; for many apps the default is to share data with the public. But you probably didn’t even notice or care. After all, what do you have to hide?

For users of the exercise app Strava, the answer turns out to be a lot more than they realized. Since November, Strava has featured a global “heat map” showing where its users jogged or walked or otherwise traveled while the app was on. The map includes some three trillion GPS data points, covering more than 5 percent of the earth. Over the weekend, a number of security analysts showed that because many American military service members are Strava users, the map
inadvertently reveals the locations of military bases and the movements of their personnel.”
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Opinion | The Latest Data Privacy Debacle
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/opinion/strava-privacy.html

A space oddity | 1843

February 24, 2018

A space oddity https://www.1843magazine.com/culture/a-space-oddity @TrevorPaglen’s art to show the hidden surveillance state & the shape of the corporate data mining “octopus” #DataArt

Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk, and human capital | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

February 20, 2018

Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk & human capital
http://www.PNAS.org/content/111/48/17087 Non-obvious correlations creating potential #privacy risks

Genetics of the human face: Identification of large-effect single gene variants

February 16, 2018

http://www.pnas.org/content/115/4/E676

sharing your genome on a blockchain

February 11, 2018

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610221/this-new-company-wants-to-sequence-your-genome-and-let-you-share-it-on-a-blockchain/?utm_campaign=add_this&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post

Kuwait to require DNA testing of all tourists – Wild About Travel

January 14, 2018

http://wildabouttravel.boardingarea.com/2016/05/12265/

Schumer warns DNA-home tests could be gathering personal info | New York Post

December 3, 2017

https://nypost.com/2017/11/26/schumer-warns-dna-home-tests-could-be-gathering-personal-info/

NOT-OD-17-110: Request for Comments: Proposal to Update Data Management of Genomic Summary Results Under the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy

December 3, 2017

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-110.html

differential privacy

November 29, 2017


Box 1 of the following paper has a nice definition for differential privacy in genomics sense (phenotypic differential privacy): http://www.cell.com/cell-systems/fulltext/S2405-4712(16)30121-1 “

Five Best File Encryption Tools

November 26, 2017

GNU Privacy Guard v VeraCrypt – use w/ dropbox ? ease of install ?

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“VeraCrypt (Windows/OS X/Linux)

VeraCrypt is a fork of and a successor to TrueCrypt, which ceased development last year (more on them later.) The development team claims they’ve addressed some of the issues that were raised during TrueCrypt’s initial security audit, and like the original, it’s free, with versions available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. If you’re looking for a file encryption tool that works like and reminds you of TrueCrypt but isn’t exactly TrueCrypt, this is it. VeraCrypt supports AES (the most commonly used), TwoFish, and Serpent encryption ciphers, supports the creation of hidden, encrypted volumes within other volumes. Its code is available to review, although it’s not strictly open source (because so much of its codebase came from TrueCrypt.) The tool is also under constant development, with regular security updates and an independent audit in the planning stages (according to the developers.)”

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