Both apps and websites leak personal information, including names, gender, phone numbers, and e-mail. But don’t despair. Northeastern researchers, led by assistant professor David Choffnes, have developed an automated system to help you know which platform to use for your online interactions.
New research led by Northeastern professor Guevara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may automatically transmit sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-in sensors. A malicious developer, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”
How will the outcome of the ongoing Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial impact future litigation and the freedom of the online press? We asked law professor Jessica Silbey and communication studies professor Dale Herbeck.
The global e-commerce giant released a video this week detailing its plan to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less. Here, engineering professor Vincent Harris explains why this revolution won’t be landing in front of your house any time soon.
Stratis Ioannidis wants to build the world’s best targeted mobile advertising system, a platform that presents highly relevant ads to consumers while simultaneously protecting their privacy.
U.S. businesses suffered a score of data breaches in 2014. Here, William Robertson, an assistant professor and web security expert, explains what we can expect from cybersecurity in the new year.
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. […]