European Complaints Against Data Brokers

News. Privacy International has filed complaints against 7 data brokers (Acxiom, Oracle), ad-tech companies (Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad), and credit referencing agencies (Equifax, Experian) with data protection authorities in France, Ireland, and the UK. It is a huge, well-research set of complaints that … Read More

New Study: So Much for Micro-Targetting

Research. New study casts doubt on the ability of new technology to target effectively. Many people believe that we are all being micro-targetted with manipulative ads and messages from politicians. But an Australian study proves different. Personalised advertising may be … Read More

European DataEthics Forum 2018 in Drawings

EVENT. DPO Julia Sommer has done some great drawings from European DataEthics Forum 2018. You can read more about the conference here and here. See you next year. Sign up to our monthly newsletter to get the news about it. … Read More

How to Build Explainable AI

Event. We’ve heard much about ‘black box algorithms and AI’. Secret systems that analyse and predicts your credit score and search results, your likability of getting the flue or winning a game. ‘Black box’ means secret, a business secret just … Read More

No one Does or Should be Able to own Data

Research. Businesses, politicians and scholars all call for property rights in data. But this should be avoided according to a research paper from University of Californation.  “Various parties are actively staking their claims to data on the Internet of Things, … Read More

Future Human Is Fascinating and Scary

News. “Three-person babies. Extreme biohacking. Outposts on Mars. Cheating death. The changing nature of life as we know it. The future portends to be amazing (and terrifying), and it’s right around the corner.” This is how Medium is selling its … Read More

New UK AI Report Warns Against Data Monopolies

RESEARCH. In a new report on Artificial Intelligence, the UK House of Lords promotes ethics as the centre of the development of artificial intelligence. The reports also paints a picture of a current AI field run by data monopolies. The report … Read More

Data Ethics Standards

With the increasing public debate on questions regarding  fake news, voter manipulation etc., ethical questions regarding data handling have finally gained real momentum. Several initiatives are currently set in motion to develop the basic data ethics standards for technology and … Read More

Is Your Kid Addicted? Here’s What To Do

News. Dana Boyd, researcher at Microsoft, founder of Data & Society and a kids and gadget expert, has some good tips for parents worrying about their kids’ addiction to their Smartphones. It is about verbalizing what you do, making a … Read More

Sharing Location Data Makes Consumers Uneasy

Survey. Location data is one of the most sensitive personal data types it seems according to consumers. A new survey shows that a vast majority are very uneasy sharing location data and that only a small minority share location always … Read More

Whitepaper: Beyond GDPR Implementation

Whitepaper. Use GDPR to improve data protection strategies, says new whitepaper “Maintaining Data Protection and Privacy Beyond GDPR Implementation” from ISACA, written by Privacy Program Manager Tim Clements. Download it below. Too many enterprises are treating their GDPR challenge as … Read More

How GDPR Changes US Big Tech

News. The new European privacy law, GDPR, is having effect all over the world for companies wanting a part of the lucrative EU market. Big in the US has been changing their services to live up to the new regulation. … Read More

Apple Initiative Threatens Big Tech Business Model

News. Apple’s privacy-by-default feature, Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) in the newest version of the Safari browser will cost the ad tech business millions of dollars. One of the big players is downsizing its estimations of revenue by 22%, according to … Read More

Data Ethics Principles

The thinkdotank DataEhics.eu has developed a set of data ethics principles and guidelines that may help the integration of data ethics in your data processing activities. Here, we present the principles, a detailed questionnaire and a FAQ on data ethics. … Read More

GDPR Does Entail a Right to Explanation

Research. There has been much dispute over GDPR and whether it entails a right to explanation of e.g. algorithmic decision-making. According to a paper from Andrew D. Selbst, Data & Society, and Julia Powles, University of Cambridge that right is … Read More

New AI Report: 4 Risk Areas and 10 Recommendations

Research. AI does not exist in a vacuum and the promises of the tech companies behind are not enough. New report highlights four challenge areas and gives recommendations on how to proceed. Artificial intelligent (AI) systems are already integrated in … Read More

How Alice Can Buy Ads to Track Bob

Research. Can regular people, not just impersonal, commercially-motivated merchants or advertising networks—can exploit the online advertising ecosystem to extract private information about other people? The answer is yes. A new study documents that. For example, an individual or small group … Read More

German Answer To Car Ethics Problem: Human Life First

News. Driverless cars should prioritize the protection of human life over the destruction of animals or property. Such are a set of new guidelines from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure after a panel of experts have scrutinized … Read More

Three Books on: You’re The Product

News. There have been ethical problems and ambiguities about Facebook since the moment of its creation. Three books dive into the company that claims to have 2 bio users, is growing 18% a year and sits on 4 og the … Read More

Research: State-Sponsored Social Media Manipulation

Research. Cybertroops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. Cyber troops are a pervasive and global phenomenon. Many different countries employ significant numbers of people and resources to manage and manipulate public … Read More

Not All Consumers Want Everything Connected

News. IoT predictions have been soaring, but the last year they have taken a turn. May be your customers aren’t ready for them yet and they simply don’t want smart features. Ask them and consider the economics, before you invest … Read More

The State of Mobile Adblocking

News. Blocking ads – and thus also cookie-tracking – is much more common (and easy) on the computer than on mobile gadgets. A new report, The State of Mobile Adblocking, shows that 1 of 2 US smartphone users actually wish … Read More

Consumer Watchdog Will Test Products On Privacy

News. A new ‘The Digital Standard’ shall help consumers “understand which digital products do the most to protect their privacy and security, and give them the most control over their personal data.” With a historic power to influence governments and … Read More

Artificial Intelligence can predict suidcide

Research. Based on hospital admissions researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have proven that you can predict the likelihood of a someone committing suicide. With machine-learning algorithms Colin Walsh, a data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, can predict the likelihood … Read More

Best Cases in Data Ethics on Live Display

Event. How to track location and not be creepy. What happens when a company gives its customers control over their own data. What is a truly private chat- and ‘skype’ app. Or laptops w built-in security and privacy-centric features? How … Read More

EU vs Facebook

News. Six European data authorities are going after and fining Facebook for abusing European personal data and not adhering the the laws. The allegations are long:  Unlawful tracking. Legal requirements regarding consent, fairness, transparency and proportionality not met. Insufficient information … Read More

Facebook Confirms Political Manipulation

Report. ‘Information Operations’ are actions taken by organized actors to distort political sentiment, most frequently to achieve a strategic and/or geopolitical outcome. These operations can use a combination of methods, such as false news, disinformation, or networks of  fake accounts … Read More

The Taking Economy: Uber & Co

Research. Preliminary evidence suggests that the so-called sharing economy firms may be leveraging their access to data about users and their control over the user experience to mislead, coerce, or otherwise disadvantage sharing economy participants. A new paper from Ryan … Read More

Roundtable at ICANN58 on data ethics

Take part in a round table discussion on how ethical treatment of personal data is becoming a competitive advantage, on the growing privacy tech market and how to tap into it with Pernille Tranberg, co-founder of the thinkdotank DataEthics. Pernille … Read More

How Trump used Psychometric Profiling

News. Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? The company behind Trump’s online campaign—the same company that had worked for … Read More

Exponential Growth In AdBlocking

Survey. A new report from PageFair shows that the main business model of the Internet is under immense pressure. According to ‘The state of the blocked web 2017 Global Adblock Report’ the global number of desktop and mobile devices that … Read More

Privacy Over Individual Personalization

Survey. Increasingly consumers are getting sceptical towards the tracking of their personal data online. A new survey from McKinesey/Comscore shows that a majority prefer privacy over personalization. And that many have taken on privacy tools. Consumers in Brazil, China, Egypt, … Read More

Forcing Real Names Online Increases Discrimination

Research. People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. Evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently … Read More

EU-project: We Will Make Ethics Actionable

News. An new EU-funded project, Virt-EU, will analyze and map the ethical practices of developers within the IoT space. The goal is to understand how ethics is enacted today, generate a new framework for privacy, ethical and social impact assessment … Read More

Will Artificial Intelligence Overtake Humans?

News. What happens when artificial intelligence, AI, is incorporated into robots looking like humans? Will be be able to distinguish? One skeptical expert and one slightly more hopeful expert discus this in the Guardians podcast Chips With Everything. The scope … Read More

DataEthics on The International Agenda

News. This coming month the thinkdotank DataEthics.eu will be very active internationally. It will be present both at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) and on the conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP). ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’ is the … Read More

The Moral Machine

News. Welcome to the moral machine. A platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving cars. Such is the message when you arrive at the MoralMachine. Here you can make decisions yourself … Read More

Connected toys violate European consumer law

The Norwegian Consumer Council has looked at the terms and the technical features of selected connected toys. The findings show a serious lack of understanding of children’s rights to privacy and security. Based on what was discovered, consumer organizations in … Read More

How Car Data Can Be Monetized

The overall revenue pool from car data monetization at a global scale might add up to USD 450 – 750 billion by 2030, according to the consulting company McKinsey, who has identified 30 distinct use cases that hold the potential … Read More

Implications of IoT Need Focus

Research. “Before we too readily endorse smart devices and sensors that can send into the cloud information about many personal aspects of our daily lives, it is essential to have an informed discussion about the implications of the Internet of … Read More

DE:MOCRACY – FILM OG DEBAT

FREDAG 18. NOVEMBER KL.19, CINEMATEKET, KBH DataEthics.eu, Goethe Instituttet og Institut for Menneskerettigheder viser dokumentarfilmen Democracy – Im Rausch der Daten af David Bernet for første gang i Danmark. Filmen giver et enestående indblik i kulisserne bag lovgivningsarbejdet i EU … Read More

Why You Should Keep Your Heart Rate Secret

News. Scientific studies show that your heart rate can be an indicator of sexual dysfunction, that low resting heart rates correlates with propensity for violence and that an elevated heart rate can lead to others being less likely to cooperate … Read More

Algorithmic Risk Scores Help Crime Sentencing

News. Risk scores, generated by algorithms, are becoming a common factor in sentencing in the US. Computers crunch data like arrests, type of crime, and demographic information, and a risk rating is generated. The idea is to create a guide … Read More

The Right to Be Forgotten is Flawed

News. A third party can potentially identify as many as 30% to 40% of delisted URLs and the name of the individual who requested the removal, researchers from  NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Shanghai and the Federal University of … Read More

Data Power is also Competition Law

Research. With digitalisation of the economy use of data is not longer a matter for primarily data protections regulators. Competition is also relevant, according to this research paper from the German and French competition authorities, identifying the key issues and … Read More

The Tech-Averse Unconnected Consumer Trend

News. The more connected we get, the more people will hit the brake, embrace analogue, dumb phones (which we might have to re-name ‘smartphones’ one day) and unconnectedness. The former YouTube director Anna Bateson told Mediatel that we have forgotten … Read More

EU’s New Data Laws Enables Big Data

Research. According to a new study from Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Yann Padova, the new EU data protection regulation (GDPR) considerably opens up the door for big data. “The new data protection setup is far from being simple or transparent, leaves … Read More

Big Data is Big Liability

News. Companies once thought they’d make big money off big data. Now it is their biggest liability. In the future, successful data companies will not own any data.  We are heading for a data crunch, as citizens are more conscious … Read More

Consumers Shun Loyalty Programmes

News. There has been a 20 percent drop in membership of loyalty programmes among the affluent middle class since 2014 up to 2016 according to a survey from Collison Group on programs run by supermarkets, airlines, credit card providers, retailers, … Read More

We all have to learn to be Public

By Marianne Steen & Pernille Tranberg Blog. The discussion about the dissemination and sharing of nude photos of children and adults have a good explanation. The vast majority of people have no idea what it means to be a public … Read More

New reseach: Accountable Algorithms

Research. How do you judge the intent of a piece of software? Accountability tools for regulators have not been developed as fast a new tools for algorithmic decision-making. Transparency will not solve this. This research from Princeton University reveals a … Read More

Adblocking is becoming an ‘epidemic’

News. Since 2014 the use of ad- and cookieblocking has more than doubled and Emarketer expects that it will only be more and more common. Today 20,5 percent of UK internet users block ads and cookies. In 2017 the number … Read More

Tech Gives Lenders Power Over Customers

News. A woman needs to drive her son to the hospital fast, as he has a alarmingly high fever, but her car won’t start. Another woman is driving on the highway and suddenly her car was turned off sending her … Read More

Rich Kids Reveal Their Parents On Social Media

News: Some people are enviously watching rich kids on Instagram showing off their parents yachts, private jets and other possessings on Instagram and other social media, but it does have another side. They are – often without knowing, revealing their … Read More

How Legacy Media Help Spread Rumors

Study. Social media has often been criticized for spreading rumors and unreliable information too fast and that legacy media and their ‘official’ account can ‘regulate’ that with reliable journalism. However, a new study show how these official accounts participate in … Read More

Columbian Hacker Manipulated Elections

News. Andrés Sepúlveda is a Columbian hacker and 31 years of age. For 8 years he has traveled Latin America rigging major political campaigns. With a team of hackers Andrés Sepúlveda has stolen campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create … Read More

Take Away from First Meeting in DataEthics

News. The first meeting in DataEthics 10th March 2016 went very well. It was more than full house (over 60) where there were talks and discussions on the very new market for privacy-enhancing tech such as smartphones and search engines. … Read More

Responsible Data Driven Advocacy

News. There is a fundamental lack of technical literacy among advocacy organisations affecting the way they interact with technical partners, the decisions they make around the project, the level to which they can have meaningful input, and it also affects … Read More

Conference on The Competitive Advantage

Event. Businesses, who wish to learn the benefits of privacy, and develop commercial offerings around it. Entrepreneurs and Investors, who want to build businesses that offer privacy as a commercial proposition. Legislators and Regulators, who are tasked with implementing the … Read More

Is Your Smartphone Listening In?

A journalist from the BBC was doing some ironing when her mum came in to tell her that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. Her phone was on the worktop behind her. But the … Read More

New study: Ebola a big data disaster

Survey: The report “Ebola a big data disaster” by Sean Martin McDonald explores the use of Big Data in humanitarian crisis and the implications for privacy of some of the most vulnerable citizens of the world. In specific it questions … Read More

Re:publica: Berlin 2-4 May

“The re:publica is one of the largest and most exciting conferences about digital culture in the world. Since its foundation in 2007, it has grown from a cozy blogger meeting with 700 participants into a wide-ranging “society conference”, with 7000 … Read More

Robots Read Books To Become More Human

Research: Artificial intelligence researchers have robots read books to help them understand how to behave in a human way. They teach computers ethics in the same way children are taught how to behave in human societies. “The collected stories of … Read More

Understanding the privacy market (program)

(some of this event will be held in Danish)Date: March 10, 2016 – 14:00 to 17:00 pmLocation: IDA, Kalvebod Brygge 31-33, DK-1780 Copenhagen VHear why privacy and data ethics is a demand in the digital age. A new emerging growth … Read More

Heartificial Intelligence: Book coming out in 2016

How will machines know what we value if we don’t know ourselves? This is the central question for John C. Havens’ new book, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines coming out in 2016.    

MyData 2016 in Helsinki – Bring Your Own Data

Event. Open Knowledge Finland, Aalto University and FING are teaming up to host MyData 2016, an international event bringing together up to 1000 participants from businesses, research community, civil society, government and local communities to Helsinki from August 31st – … Read More

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