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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.

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    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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    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 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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    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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    Computer Privacy and Computer Security.

    In this discussion of legislation to protect the citizen against harm resulting from the use of information contained in computer data systems, several important questions emerge: Would the legislation apply to the public sector or to government--Fe...

    Jan 1, 1974

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    Computers, Personal Privacy and Human Choice.

    There is substantial concern in the world today about the relation between the individual citizen and government or private databanks that use information about him for various purposes. Society needs to achieve a balance among (1) the needs for inf...

    Jan 1, 1973

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    Data Banks, Privacy, and Society

    The growing number of automated personal data files, collected for different purposes, can be linked to obtain individual dossiers, especially using Social Security numbers.

    Jan 1, 1973

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    Privacy and Security in Databank Systems: Measures of Effectiveness, Costs, and Protector-Intruder Interactions.

    The problem of providing cost-effective data security safeguards in personal information databanks is addressed. A structural model of databank systems is formulated, the roles of its elements in providing or threatening data privacy and security ar...

    Jan 1, 1972

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    Security and Privacy in Computer Systems.

    Paper prepared in 1967 that outlines the configuration of a typical remote-access, multi-user resource-sharing computer system and identifies some of its vulnerabilities to unauthorized divulgence of information.

    Jan 1, 1967

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    M. Susan Ridgely

    Adjunct Senior Health Policy Researcher; Co-Director, RAND Center of Excellence on Health System Performance; Affiliate Faculty, Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education J.D. in health law, University of Maryland School of Law

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    Harriet Teare

    Research Leader
    Education D.Phil. in chemistry, University of Oxford; M.Chem. in chemistry, University of Oxford; Diploma in social sciences, University of London