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Governments and individuals across the world are stepping in to slow or ban the use of novel technologies which have the potential to transform our lives. The United States federal government recently banned an autonomous fleet of vehicles from carrying passengers. Several initiatives are underway to stop the flow of data among certain countries and to stop the use of technology developed in disfavored nations. The government of India has proposed a ban on cryptocurrency. The European Parliament has raised the prospect for a breach of encrypted communications in the fight against crime. Numerous governments across the world have banned…


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It’s fascinating to watch the development, dialogue, rollout and rollback of contact tracing apps as a means to fight Covid-19. A recent New York Times article (linked here) details the ups and downs of this technology as an aid to fighting the disease. The shortcomings of contact tracing apps raises awareness of the broader issue of the privacy implications of smartphone apps. How many apps are on your phone? Can you identify a few unused apps that can be deleted? Do you have a flashlight app that tracks and reports your location? Is Location Services set to Always On for…


Who’s Following You?

Have a look over your shoulder. Do you know who is following you at this very moment? You may feel a heavy weight on your shoulders because you’re being followed by an army of adtech companies hungry for your data! There are literally hundreds of them tracking your phone, your web browser, even your television. We know this because both industry and government regulators have begun to track the trackers. There are lists of these adtech companies, along with links to their surveillance (privacy) policies, their own websites and their own locations. I’ve begun to assemble a…


This week I sat for the CIPP exam, among the first to take the test under “virtual proctoring.” CIPP is the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. It was an odd experience to take a “privacy exam” while being monitored on my own webcam. You can bet I read the “privacy policies” that were presented to me as I clicked through to agree to the experience. Under normal circumstances I never would have agreed to this “invasion” of my privacy. But if I wanted my privacy certification, I would have to give up a…

Tom Besore

Attorney. Certified Information Privacy Professional. Founder of Chicago Privacy Project and Windy City Explorers.

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