Privacy ethics battle sparked over use of genealogy sites to aid litigation

(Jul 2, 2019) The use of genealogy sites to help prosecutors convict criminals has created a privacy ethics dilemma, The New York Times reports. Genetic information from GEDmatch recently helped prosecutors convict a man in a 32-year-old murder case, and Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore said such information “will become a regular, accepted part of law enforcement investigations.” Public access to the genetic information is the privacy issue at hand as “genealogy influencers” have debated whether the use of suc... Read More

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare – FAQs

(Jun 26, 2019) This article from Business Law Today looks at artificial intelligence and how it's becoming a part of the health care sector. The article addresses the advances and legal concerns that come along with this AI advancement.  Click to View... Read More

US Senate grapples with how to regulate AI

(Jun 25, 2019) At a hearing at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation June 25, lawmakers aimed to determine what kind of government intervention, if any, is necessary for artificial intelligence given that companies are competing for "optimal engagement" from internet users, something that is often achieved through user manipulation and without their knowledge.  "While there must be a healthy dose of personal responsibility when users participate in seemingly free online services, ... Read More

A call to update ethics review processes

(Jun 11, 2019) Data has become an imperative component of business, from operational decision-making to artificial intelligence product development. However, amid ethics scandals and near-constant privacy concerns, corporations and researchers are questioning long-accepted data harvesting and research practices. “The reason we think the ethical review process is critical is there’s a wide range of testing and collecting that’s falling in the gap,” Future of Privacy Forum CEO Jules Polonetsky said. Meanwhile, a... Read More

Using big data to fight human trafficking

(Jun 11, 2019) Working with the Polaris Project, Enigma is trying to combat human trafficking through the Stand Together Against Trafficking project, PC Magazine reports. Enigma Co-Founder and CEO Hicham Oudghiri discussed the efforts with PC Magazine during a recent conference in New York City. According to a Forbes article from earlier this year, "To date, Enigma has synthesized 100,000 data sets in more than 100 countries, organized intelligence on 30 million small businesses and accumulated 140 billion poi... Read More

Could the classroom help solve tech industry’s ethics problem?

(Jun 3, 2019) Many tech companies are working with a variety of ethics issues, ranging from the use of facial recognition to various content moderation issues. While these steps are promising, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Philosophy Professor Abby Everett Jaques believes more needs to be done, so she created a new class, Ethics of Technology, NPR reports. The class is designed to stress the importance of ethics to future computer scientists and engineers and is already having an impact on students by... Read More

Perspective: Public shaming and privacy in smart cities

(Jun 3, 2019) Toronto has become one of the leading cities in the world for instituting a smart-city infrastructure. Though the Sidewalk Labs project isn't without controversy, smart cities are on the rise. So how do they mesh with privacy? "An ad campaign [recently] released by the Toronto Transit Commission publicly distributes embarrassing surveillance tapes to deter fare evasion," University of Ottawa Juris Doctor Candidate Emilie Scott, CIPP/C, points out, adding, "In light of this, we should be question... Read More

Ethical concerns over 'data for good' humanitarian projects on the rise

(May 30, 2019) Nature reports that scientists using phone call records toward humanitarian efforts are under scrutiny regarding the ethical use of data in their research. The "data for good" projects have been ongoing in more than two dozen low- to middle-income countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya and Pakistan. The projects analyze phone records to create positive outcomes, such as delivering aid and discovering exact locations of poverty, social isolation and violence. While the projects are receiving heav... Read More