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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

    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.

    Oct 29, 2020

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

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    COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Tools Raise Privacy Concerns

    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.

    Jul 30, 2020

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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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    Privacy and Patient Rights

    Outlines the dramatic changes in medical recordkeeping and describes measures proposed to counter threats to the privacy of patients.

    Aug 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 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

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    Privacy and Security in Personal Information Databank Systems.

    Privacy and Security in Personal Information Databank Systems.

    Jan 1, 1974

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    Privacy Protection in Databanks: Principles and Costs.

    A discussion of the principles and costs involved in designing, implementing, and operating protective systems in personal information databanks. All databank systems containing identifiable, personal information require adequate procedural and tech...

    Jan 1, 1974

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    Privacy Systems for Telecommunication Networks.

    There is an increasing need for providing privacy and security in telecommunication and teleprocessing networks. This paper presents a brief survey of privacy systems--the techniques that can be used to provide communications security in commercial ...

    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