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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

    Report

    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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  • Two boys sitting on a couch playing video games, photo by Sean Davis/Fotolia

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    Living Room Connected Devices: Opportunities, Security Challenges, and Privacy Implications

    The "Internet-connected living room" poses security and privacy implications for industry and consumers, offering potential benefits as well as threats associated with the technical capabilities of living room connected devices.

    Sep 2, 2014

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    Ramifications of DARPA's Programming Computation on Encrypted Data Program

    RAND was asked to evaluate whether the Programming Computation on Encrypted Data program -- which expands the knowledge base of the global cryptographic community -- is likely to provide more benefits to the United States than it does to its global rivals.

    Aug 25, 2014

  • Utah Highway Patrol police car and trooper

    Commentary

    License Plate Readers and Right to Privacy

    License plate reader technology can be a force multiplier for law enforcement. Its ability to identify license plates of interest to police in real-time makes it an effective tool but there is also potential for abuse. Law enforcement authorities should address credible privacy concerns.

    Jul 15, 2014

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    News Release

    License Plate Readers Are an Important Police Tool, but Hurdles Remain to Reach Full Potential

    Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility, and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential.

    Jul 2, 2014

  • Police car equipped with mobile ANPR produced by ELSAG North America (Mobile Plate Hunter 900)

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    License Plate Readers Are an Important Police Tool, but Hurdles Remain

    Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility, and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential.

    Jul 2, 2014

  • Optical fibres around globe, circuit board background, global digital technology concept

    Report

    Health and Healthcare: Assessing the Real World Data Policy Landscape in Europe

    To maximise Real-World Data potential and improve health outcomes and service delivery, stakeholders need to develop standards for data use and access. RAND Europe assessed the RWD landscape in Europe and explored options going forwards.

    Apr 24, 2014

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    News Release

    Black Markets for Hackers Are Increasingly Sophisticated, Specialized and Maturing

    Black and gray markets for computer hacking tools, services, and byproducts such as stolen credit card numbers continue to expand, creating an increasing threat to businesses, governments, and individuals.

    Mar 24, 2014

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    Journal Article

    Public Perception of Security and Privacy: Assessing Knowledge, Collecting Evidence, Translating Research Into Action

    PACT is a three year project that aims to understand more fully the public perception of security, privacy, and surveillance across the 27 European Member States (EU27).

    Feb 1, 2014

  • Member of the protest group, Code Pink, protests against U.S. President Obama and the NSA before his arrival at the DOJ in Washington, January 17, 2014

    Commentary

    The Facts About the Metadata 'Menace'

    Metadata from a phone call include information such as the direction (who called whom), length, date and time. The program does not record the location or the name associated with a call. No one is listening to the call and no content is recorded.

    Jan 26, 2014

  • A protester during a rally against mass surveillance near the U.S. Capitol

    Commentary

    After NSA Spying Revelations, US Must Reform Rules on Secrecy and Data

    The U.S. should make two key reforms. First, the over-designation of material as classified makes it is harder to protect the few real secrets; this must be change. Second, the FISA court must become a gatekeeper for NSA access to communications data.

    Nov 14, 2013

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    Events @ RAND: Security Versus Privacy?

    At this October 2013 event, Henry Willis, director of the RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center, moderated a panel discussion on U.S. efforts to strike a balance among privacy, security, and liberty.

    Oct 24, 2013

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    Commentary

    Opt-In, Opt-Out; Why Not Forced Choice?

    By default, browsers generally are set to automatically allow online tracking, but there may be a better way to make sure consumers decide whether or not they want to allow advertisers to sniff at their digital footprints, writes Steven Isley.

    Oct 8, 2013

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    Needed: Sustainable Spying Oversight

    Domestic intelligence in the United States is an activity with a history, and efforts to consider future policy on this issue need to take that history into account, writes Brian Jackson. Public acceptability must be part of the calculus in devising oversight and control of intelligence efforts.

    Sep 18, 2013

  • Supporters of Edward Snowden

    Commentary

    What Did Edward Snowden Get Wrong? Everything

    Unfortunately, during the Snowden affair, many news outlets have spent more time examining ways the government could abuse the information it has access to while giving scant mention to the lengths to which the intelligence community goes to protect privacy, writes Andrew Liepman.

    Aug 12, 2013

  • Doctor using laptop

    Report

    Patient Privacy, Consent, and Identity Management in Health Information Exchange: Issues for the Military Health System

    A look at the gaps in research, policy, and practice involving patient privacy, consent, and identity management that need to be addressed to improve the quality and efficiency of care in the Military Health System through health information exchange.

    May 22, 2013

  • Eric Schmidt at RAND's Politics Aside event

    Blog

    Google's Eric Schmidt: 'Free Speech Matters'

    During a discussion with Reuters West Coast Bureau Chief Jonathan Weber at RAND's Politics Aside event, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discusses YouTube and the internet, and how Google's position on free speech, privacy, and user-generated content resonates globally.

    Dec 10, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Impact of the Data Protection Review on EU Innovation and Competitiveness

    This rapid evidence assessment of the innovation and competitiveness impacts of the EU's proposed General Data Protection Regulation considers a variety of perspectives and identifies several impacts and areas for improvement.

    Dec 1, 2012

  • Jonathan Weber interviews Eric Schmidt about "The New Digital Age" Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at the RAND Politics Aside event in Culver City.(High Res Version)

    Blog

    Google's Eric Schmidt on How Petraeus Resignation Highlights Online Privacy Battle

    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says there's a fight going on to save personal privacy on the web, and General Petraeus' resignation illustrates just some of the issues we face. Schmidt talks with Reuters West Coast Bureau Chief Jonathan Weber at RAND's Politics Aside event.

    Nov 20, 2012

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    Journal Article

    Wellness Program Incentives: Can We Legally Pay People for Being Good?

    Incentives to participate in wellness programs or reach health-related targets are popular, but could expose employers and insurers to litigation risk because incentives might violate state and federal insurance, anti-discrimination, or privacy laws.

    Nov 1, 2012

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    Understanding the Security, Privacy, and Trust Aspects of Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing is a model for enabling on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources—such as storage and applications—that can be rapidly provisioned with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. RAND Europe explored the security, privacy, and trust challenges that cloud computing poses.

    Apr 4, 2011