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  • Graphic depicting a man surrounded by potential Internet of Bodies health devices, graphic by Alyson Youngblood/RAND Corporation

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    The Internet of Bodies Will Change Everything, for Better or Worse

    Oct 29, 2020

    The rise of devices that connect the human body to the web is accelerating rapidly. This Internet of Bodies could revolutionize health care and improve our quality of life. But without appropriate guardrails, it could also jeopardize our most intimate personal information and introduce several ethical concerns.

  • 5G network over earth, image by LHG/Getty Images

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    5G: Great Expectations and Significant Concerns

    May 24, 2021

    The development of 5G markets and technologies is more of an enduring competition than it is a race. How are U.S.-based companies faring? And what are the implications of 5G devices, networks, and services for securing data and protecting individual privacy?

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    The new faces of privacy

    Since privacy in the recordkeeping context became a national concern at the turn of the 1970s, it has developed new and different dimensions--new faces. Many are similar in nature to historical recordkeeping issues, and some capitalize on old in-plac...

    Jan 1, 1993

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    Emerging privacy issues

    Because of the essential nature of information in the affairs of society, governments, and institutions, computer- and communications-based systems are creating new aspects of personal privacy threats. This paper, originally presented as the keynote ...

    Jan 1, 1985

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    Information Systems, Security, and Privacy

    This testimony discusses future aspects of privacy and illustrates the difficulties and problems with electronic mail.

    Jan 1, 1983

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    Security, privacy, and national vulnerability

    The author suggests that the argument "a computer is different" is mythology in many instances and acts to obscure major issues that center around the use of computers. He relates this argument to both privacy, the transborder data flow situation, a...

    Jan 1, 1981

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    A taxonomy for privacy

    An overview of the problems of privacy as they relate to new information and computer technology. The author discusses the issues in light of privacy law that has already been created and in such a way that the moral and ethical views of society can...

    Jan 1, 1981

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    Security and privacy in the 80s

    The widespread use of resource-sharing systems has introduced new complexities to the problem of safeguarding computer information. This paper reviews aspects of security and privacy in both widely shared data networks and private databases. Three ...

    Jan 1, 1980

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    Computers and personal privacy

    Highlights the report of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, created by the Privacy Act of 1974. Three major goals of the commission's recommendations are (1) to minimize the intrusiveness of data collection; (2) to maximize the fairness with re...

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Computer Technology: For Better or Worse?

    The author urges the responsible technologist to understand the intent and thrust of privacy laws, and extend himself toward the policymaker.

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Privacy--handling personal data

    Discusses the findings of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, whose final report, [Personal Privacy in an Information Society], was published in July 1977. The general thrust of the Commission recommendations is openness and fairness in recordke...

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Testimony Before the Privacy Protection Study Commission

    Testimony prepared for presentation before hearings of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, Washington, D.C., January 26, 1977. Discusses in general the nature, extent and problems of the private security industry.

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Privacy aspects of health statistics

    Present privacy legislation attempts to guarantee that as we give information to organizations for legitimate needs, we retain some control over its use, are protected against its misuse or abuse, and have a legal basis for redress if something goes ...

    Jan 1, 1976

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    Privacy Issues and the Private Sector.

    Describes and characterizes the present important social issue of privacy. Presents its origins and various legislative efforts to deal with it. Describes the function of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, created by the Privacy Act of 1974. H...

    Jan 1, 1976

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    State of the Privacy Act: An Overview of Technological and Social Science Developments.

    Describes the issue of privacy and the forces driving it. The present situation is: an organization uses information knowing that no right of individual ownership exists, and the individual has no legal standing to control the records. Moreover, i...

    Jan 1, 1976

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    Classification of Personal Information for Privacy Protection Purposes.

    Laws now in effect in several countries require protection of individual privacy in personal information recordkeeping systems maintained by the central, state and local governments and, in some countries, by private business and industry. It is des...

    Jan 1, 1976

  • The Apple I, released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976, on display at the Smithsonian

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    Privacy and Security Issues in Information Systems

    In all computers that maintain and process valuable information, or provide services to multiple users, it is necessary to provide security safeguards against unauthorized access, use, or modification of any data. Concerns for privacy and security must become integral in the design of computer systems and their applications.

    Dec 31, 1975

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    Privacy and Security in Centralized vs. Decentralized Databank Systems.

    Explores the questions of whether or not a centralized personal-information databank system presents a greater threat to the privacy and other related rights of the persons on whom data are kept than does a decentralized system that collectively hold...

    Jan 1, 1975

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    Privacy: The Private Sector and Society's Needs.

    Discusses the issues surrounding privacy, stressing the semantic problems and differences in perception that create difficulties, emphasizing that solutions conceived will have to be ones that work for all of society, and arguing that both organizati...

    Jan 1, 1975

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    Privacy and Security in Computer Systems

    Examines (1) the protection of privacy and other individual rights in personal information databank systems, (2) maintenance of information confidentiality in statistical and research databases, and (3) implementation of data security ...

    Jan 1, 1975

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    Cost Implications of Privacy Protection in Databank Systems.

    The Privacy Act of 1974 and other pending legislation codify the rights of citizens relative to their personal information stored in computerized databank systems, and assure that privacy and other individual rights are not violated or unduly restric...

    Jan 1, 1975