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

    Article

    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.

  • COVID-19 content displayed on a mobile phone, photo by da-kuk/Getty Images

    Research Brief

    COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Tools Raise Privacy Concerns

    Jul 30, 2020

    Dozens of countries are using mobile phone tools and data sources for COVID-19 tracking. These tools are beneficial, but they also have the potential for harm. As public health agencies consider using mobile surveillance tools, they will need to address privacy concerns.

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  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    A National Health Information Network—What Are the Real Privacy Issues?

    This fact sheet summarizes research suggesting that there are basic privacy issues that need to be resolved in the implementation of a national health information network.

    Aug 18, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    RFID Security in the Workplace: Perk or Privacy?

    RFID Security in the Workplace: Perk or Privacy?, in the Security World International.

    Jun 1, 2007

  • Dissertation

    Dissertation

    Radio Frequency Identification Use in the Retail Sector

    Recent growth of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications, especially in the retail sector, have raised privacy and data protection concerns. Policy proposals regarding RFID use involve substantial tradeoffs in firms' and individual behaviors.

    Feb 16, 2007

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Privacy in the Workplace: Case Studies on the Use of Radio Frequency Identification in Access Cards

    Companies use RFID workplace access cards to do more than just open doors (e.g., for enforcing rules governing workplace conduct). Explicit, written policies about how such cards are used generally do not exist, and employees are not told about whatever policies are being followed.

    Nov 25, 2005

  • Report

    Report

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule: A Practical Guide for Researchers

    The Privacy Rule is fundamentally changing the way that healthcare providers, health plans, and others use, maintain, and disclose health information and the steps that researchers must take to obtain health data.

    Jan 1, 2004

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Electronic Health Records: A Key Enabler for Ehealth

    Electronic health records open up new options for healthcare delivery.

    Jan 1, 2004

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Pharmacy, Facsimile, and Cyberspace: An Examination of Legal Frameworks for Electronic Prescribing

    Are recent laws in conflict with the technological trend toward wireless transfer of physician and patient-specific health information, and will they present overwhelming barriers to the widespread use of e-prescribing?

    Jan 1, 2002

  • Testimony

    Testimony

    Privacy vs. Security: Electronic Surveillance in the Nation’s Capital

    Testimony before the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia of the Committee on Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, on March 22, 2002.

    Jan 1, 2002

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    And Now, the Good Side of Facial Profiling

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Feb 4, 2001

  • Report

    Report

    Privacy and Security Policy Choices in a National Information Infrastructure Environment

    No abstract is available for this document.

    Jan 1, 1996

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    Information Systems, Security, and Privacy

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

    Jan 1, 1983

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

  • Report

    Report

    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

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

    Report

    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.

    Jan 1, 1976