My folks in other class shared this article which seems relevant to our class. :-)
According to this article in The Next Web the Hello Barbie doll can listen to everything a child says and use the information for "other research and development purposes," including improved marketing to children. And Barbie is just one of a new class of toys that will do the same.
VTech, a maker of children's electronic toys, has been hacked and personal data on children and their parents appears to have been accessed, according to this report from the BBC. This highlights the need to be mindful of providing personal data even for purposes as seemingly benign as customizing the experience of using toys. For the toy maker the question is whether it was necessary to require users to provide such personal data.
A new report by the DOE's inspector general found that it's easy to access private student data through 3rd party providers. eek. You can wade through the official report here, or catch the
Donald Trump's ideas around a database of Muslims is equal to Nazi Germany using IBM to create a database of Jews..
A federal judge has blocked the bulk collection of phone records as this report in the NY Times explains. The program was scheduled to transition at the end of November, but this ruling highlights the fact that the practice of bulk data collection seems to run afoul of the 4th amendment.
For an interesting panel on genetic information and privacy, check out the Bernstein Debate session on the loss of privacy and how algorithmic ethics can contribute to mitigating the worst dangers. The program begins tonight at 6 at the Business School - Uris Hall.
Here's the link to the recommendations from EdSurge about how to ensure protection of data security.
If you are looking for a way to record all of your browsing and, indeed, every keystroke, look no further than Windows 10, according to this article from Forbes in which a Microsoft VP explains that collecting your data is "so helpful to the ecosystem and so not an issue of personal privacy." Microsoft - they know what you did last summer...