Survey: 17 percent believes personalized ads are ethical

(Feb 11, 2019) RSA released the results of its “Data Privacy & Security Survey 2019.” RSA polled 6,387 individuals from France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Of those surveyed, 48 percent said they believe there are ethical ways companies can use their information. However, only 17 percent believed tailored ads are ethical, and only 24 percent believed personalization to create tailored newsfeeds is ethical. When an incident takes place that involves their information, 57 percent of respondents place the ... Read More

ICDPPC releases final report

(Feb 4, 2019) The final report from the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners has been released. The report runs down both the closed and public sessions from the conference, most of which were centered on the theme of “Debating ethics: Dignity and respect in data driven life.” “We chose ethics therefore as the theme of this year’s conference, because we wanted to interrogate the notions of right and wrong around the world and across different disciplines which underpin la... Read More

Baylor's privacy officer discusses ethical principles and privacy

(Feb 1, 2019) In a blog post for the organization, Baylor University Chief Privacy Officer Doug Welch discusses the five ethical principles that should undergird data privacy discussions. "Today, a substantial amount of human interaction occurs electronically. Part of Baylor establishing a privacy program and the efforts to publicize data privacy is to take a leadership role in the higher education community on this important issue," he said. The five principles he highlights include choice, transparency, acc... Read More

Perspective: AI ethics and moving beyond compliance

(Jan 28, 2019) "The digital economy is at the center of a seismic change with the convergence of big data and artificial intelligence," AgeLight Advisory Group Managing Director Craig Spiezle writes. "At the same time, we are faced with ethical dilemmas challenging users’ digital dignity and redefining privacy norms." Many stories emerged in the past year that give rise to questionable ethical practices by large organizations, he notes. "Unfortunately," Spiezle adds, "marketing and privacy professionals have a... Read More

AI ethics and moving beyond compliance

(Jan 28, 2019) The digital economy is at the center of a seismic change with the convergence of big data and artificial intelligence. The oceans of digital information and low-cost computing power are providing endless marketing opportunities. The rapid rate of innovation is proving to be one of the most transformative forces of our time. At the same time, we are faced with ethical dilemmas challenging users’ digital dignity and redefining privacy norms. The past year will likely go down as the year of dubiou... Read More

Advocacy groups ask companies to stop sales of surveillance tech to government

(Jan 16, 2019) The American Civil Liberties Union and more than 85 other advocacy groups have signed letters sent to Amazon, Google and Microsoft executives asking the tech company to no longer sell surveillance tech to the government. The letters were addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Senior Vice President of Global Affairs Kent Walker, and Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and General Counsel and Senior Vice President David Zapolsky. The groups ad... Read More

Web con: 'Data Ethics: Beyond Legal Compliance and Customer Centricity'

(Jan 11, 2019) Organizations have to place a priority on compliance when they process customer data; however, privacy professionals may need to also start to consider the ethical ways they use information. Listen to this web conference where privacy pros discuss the definition of data ethics, who is responsible for the ethical use of data, and how data ethics are applied in practice. Speakers for the web conference include Think Privacy Founder and CEO Alexander Hanff, CIPP/E, and DPOrganizer Founder and CEO E... Read More

Dispatch from CES 2019: Make room for privacy

(Jan 8, 2019) The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas this week, and the IAPP's Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, is on hand to assess the role of privacy at the event. "Within the first five minutes of entering the Las Vegas Convention Center," he writes, "I sensed privacy had indeed made a splash this year." In this first in a series of posts this week for Privacy Tech, Chiavetta surveys discussions involving privacy, artificial intelligence, data ethics and the recently released Data Care Act during ... Read More

University of Guelph to launch AI ethics center

(Dec 21, 2018) The University of Guelph announced it will launch the Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence, The Canadian Press reports. The center seeks to address various issues related to artificial intelligence, such as the protection of individuals’ privacy rights, the elimination of algorithmic biases, and the creation of regulations and public policy related to AI ethics. "There has to be, with any AI, essentially a tradeoff between what you can do with the technology and h... Read More

EC releases draft ethics guidelines for AI

(Dec 20, 2018) The European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence released a draft of its ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI. The draft breaks down the ethical purposes for the use of artificial intelligence, ensuring those ethical uses are implemented and the requirements considered trustworthy. “This document forms part of a vision that emphasises human-centric artificial intelligence which will enable Europe to become a globally leading innovator in AI, rooted in ethical purpose,... Read More