Another Problem with the “Right to be Forgotten”

August 25, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Just as Prohibition famously increased alcohol consumption, it would seem the “right to be forgotten,” while intended to increase online privacy, may actually have the opposite effect, both by cataloging shameful information and incentivizing individuals to publicize the very materials people want forgotten.

Microsoft Asks Feds for Privacy Legislation

Advertising Age
In comments filed with the NTIA, Microsoft called for legislation to reign in electronic surveillance by the government.

Is NSA’s PRISM Program Ruining Cloud Computing’s Growth?

In the wake of PRISM numerous countries have adopted policies to block U.S. IT firms out of their market, says Daniel Castro.

Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance

Foreign consumers and corporate clients are reconsidering using third-party storage companies in the U.S. for their data.

Unauthorized In-App Charges: Questions About Parents’ Role and the FTC’s Approach

Roll Call
Daniel Castro argues that the FTC’s lawsuit against Amazon “reflects an unfortunate trend of the FTC creating policy through punitive consent decrees.”

Wyden Probing Economic Harm Caused by NSA Surveillance

Foreign customers are already choosing not to buy American IT products because of concerns over NSA surveillance.

Meet the New “De-Identification Deniers”

July 11, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Some now claim de-identification is not only difficult but absolutely impossible. This is clearly and undeniably false.

NSA's Eyes Trained Less on Terrorists than on Average Joes and Janes

The latest revelations, says Daniel Castro, "might convince some on the fence that these programs, while useful, do not have sufficient oversight and are overreaching."

Algorithms and Automation Will Give Us More Freedom and Control

July 8, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Some anti-technology advocates have bemoaned the increasing implementation of data driven algorithms and automation, arguing they reduce privacy and consumer choice. However, this thinking is misguided and ignores the tremendous benefits data innovation provides for consumers while transforming health care, public safety, community development and numerous other aspects of society.