Imposters could pose as a relative using your DNA info

Malicious users could use a site called GEDmatch to get your genetic identity and use it to impersonate family.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Oct. 31, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: dna internet families privacy security featured society-and-culture

Privacy and security threats lurk in these everyday choices

"We provide online service, app, and content providers with detailed information about our whereabouts, our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, and our life patterns."

Boston University • futurity
Oct. 28, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: social-media internet privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology society-and-culture crimes

‘Genetic hacking’ is a risk of online genealogy

Your search for long-lost cousins could open you up to "genetic hacking." And unlike credit card information, you can't just cancel your old genome and get a new one.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Oct. 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: genes genomes privacy security hackers consumers health-and-medicine

How private will an ancestry website keep my DNA?

"...these are for-profit companies and ultimately their responsibility is to maximize their profits, not to protect your privacy," says law professor Erin Murphy.

Kendall Boyda-NYU • futurity
Aug. 27, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: dna genomes privacy featured society-and-culture

This Bluetooth security flaw affects tons of devices

Here's how Bluetooth devices can be tracked, the implications of this discovery, and best-practices for protection.

Molly O'Brien Gluck-BU • futurity
Aug. 26, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: privacy security smart-phones mobile-devices featured science-and-technology

How big data and unfair algorithms change our lives

The digital trails we leave behind and algorithms that use our data have major effects on our lives. This podcast episode digs into issues of fairness and privacy.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 20, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: machine-learning internet bias privacy security algorithms mobile-devices featured science-and-technology society-and-culture

App developer ad choices can leave users at risk

App developers say they need ad networks to make money, but the choices they make about those networks could be putting users at risk.

U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: internet advertising money apps privacy security consumers science-and-technology society-and-culture

Which warnings fight email phishing scams best?

Phishing scams can get people to give up private information, but the right warning can help us avoid the scammers.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
May 20, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: internet privacy security hackers consumers society-and-culture crimes

Companies send confusing alerts about data breaches

The notifications that companies send consumers after data breaches need to be more clear, say researchers.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
May 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: business writing privacy security consumers featured science-and-technology laws

Nursing home cameras pose ethics dilemma

Nursing home security cameras are an effort to combat elder abuse, but the ethical and moral implications are complex.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
May 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: ethics nursing-homes seniors surveillance privacy society-and-culture laws

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