Northeastern mobile systems expert David Choffnes says data brokering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third parties, has blossomed into a viable industry and is the reason many popular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their personal information is shared.
Assistant professor Raymond Fu is developing facial recognition software with applications ranging from advertising to criminal investigations. His research recently earned him a Young Investigator award from the International Neural Network Society.
Law professor Daniel Medwed said he is conflicted about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that police can take DNA samples from people upon arrest, noting both the privacy concerns and the potential to solve cold cases.
Dale Herbeck, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, says the Internet, globalization, and the speed at which technology evolves has raised many questions regarding the law, freedom of expression, and privacy.
Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union released a new report revealing that law-enforcement agencies frequently use cell-phone tracking data provided by wireless carriers — often without a warrant. … read more »