Latanya Sweeney and rethinking transparency

Latanya Sweeney urges us to rethink the challenges of privacy. She’s worked in the space for ten years and tells us that thinking about privacy in terms of the design of public spaces is a helpful and useful conceptual shift. We tend to look at the digital world in terms of physical spaces. In . . . → Read More: Latanya Sweeney and rethinking transparency

Scapegoated Merrill Lynch Banker And Practical Hawala Privacy Tips

A Merrill Lynch banker has been indicted on charges of helping clients move undeclared money abroad. By using a few simple and free hawala privacy tips he could have drastically strengthened his criminal defense and perhaps even avoid arousing suspicion in the first place.

A bedrock legal principle is that the accused . . . → Read More: Scapegoated Merrill Lynch Banker And Practical Hawala Privacy Tips

Should Governments Collect Subjective Well-being Data?

The idea of governments collecting data on our subjective well-being might seem slightly Orwellian to many people. It could bring to mind images of officials from the government statistics office knocking at your front door and telling you that they are from the government and they have come to help you by collecting information . . . → Read More: Should Governments Collect Subjective Well-being Data?

How to Protect Your Privacy and Your Gold

Question from a reader:

“I have been acquiring Perth Mint silver and gold in the depository scheme and am concerned about confiscation issues in the long term. Probably it will not happen, but again given the mindlessness of recent policy decisions there is no reason why the Australian government could not just decide to . . . → Read More: How to Protect Your Privacy and Your Gold

The Costs and Benefits of the Electronic Tagging of Criminals

Overcrowding of prisons is putting pressure on criminal justice systems to use alternatives to custodial sentences. Electronic tagging is one method which can be used either instead of, or to reduce the length of, a prison sentence or as part of a non-custodial sentence. This is in effect a form of house arrest or . . . → Read More: The Costs and Benefits of the Electronic Tagging of Criminals