India’s Supreme Court has issued an important ruling and interim orders about a much-watched case related to India’s national biometric IDs and how they are used. More than 800 million biometric IDs have been issued to Indians, and are called the Aadhaar card or the UID, for Universal ID. The ruling raises questions about whether
WPF’s Executive Director Pam Dixon has been named to the editorial board of Technology Science, a new academic journal from Harvard University’s Data Privacy Lab, led by Dr. Latanya Sweeney. The new journal focuses on the intersection of technology and its various impacts on society. The journal is examining this topic in breadth and depth, explaining on its web site: “The scientific study of technology-society clashes is a cross-disciplinary pursuit, so papers in Technology Science may come from any of many possible disciplinary traditions, including but not limited to social science, computer science, political science, law, economics, policy, or statistics.” more …
WPF Executive Director Pam Dixon will be presenting a two hour technology and privacy training at the National Network to End Domestic Violence Tech Summit. The training will be geared to professionals who work with survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and related issues. The workshop will cover the key emerging aspects of social media safety
This WPF video shows how current biosensors look and operate when they are in pill form. The pill sensors highlighted in this video are designed to be swallowed so they can then detect and report on a person’s body temperature to devices such as smart phones. This video is part of WPF’s High Tech Health series.
The World Privacy Forum filed comments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about wellness programs and related privacy impacts to individuals. Many Americans now take part in employer wellness programs, and they are increasingly and justifiably concerned about the sensitive information these programs are gathering, sometimes in return for incentives such as discounts on pricing for health insurance. These comments to the EEOC address some of the most significant challenges individuals face, including voluntariness, fairness, due process, and information sharing outside of HIPAA.