March 26, 2013 Henrietta Lacks' family was never consulted before her genetic information was made public. Author Rebecca Skloot, who chronicled the story of her cells, says current regulations aren't covering the privacy questions that come up for people like the Lacks family.
January 17, 2013 Researchers were able to identify 50 people whose DNA had been posted anonymously on the Internet for genetics studies. The results highlight a trade-off in making genetic data widely available for researchers and protecting personal privacy.
January 8, 2013 As I venture into new fields (like thinking about physics and cities) I become more astonished at Big Data's capacity for revolutionizing the way human beings organize themselves for better or for worse.
December 10, 2012 The agency says that among its most troubling findings is that many apps for kids share such information as geolocations with third parties. Developers need to do more to improve privacy protections and to tell parents what they're doing, the agency reports.
June 22, 2012 Why do Americans do so little to ensure the privacy of their communications? Is this a new kind of liberation? Or the symptom of a real psychic, as well as political, breakdown?
April 19, 2012 It would take most people about 30 full working days to read the privacy policies of all the websites they visit in a year, according to a study. Most of us agree to the policies without actually reading them — or knowing how much personal information is being captured.
March 28, 2012 By a 5-3 majority, the court ruled that people who sue the government for invading their privacy can only recover out-of-pocket damages. And whistle-blowers' lawyers say that leaves victims who suffer emotional trouble and smeared reputations with few if any options.
March 21, 2012 Robert Collins says he felt "violated" when the Maryland Department of Corrections asked to log in to his Facebook account during a job interview. He's now pushing back, working with lawmakers to bar employers from asking such a privacy-invading question.
February 10, 2012 Who's watching you? Commentator Dave Pell says just about everyone — at least if, by everyone, you mean businesses looking to sell you something. Should you be worried?
December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.
December 19, 2011 A report on domestic drones raised criticisms that NPR was overlooking a privacy threat. Good point, but premature. That said, right and left might agree on the concern. Let's talk.
December 2, 2011 Apps that track personal health information can be really convenient. But they may be a big privacy risk. App makers aren't controlled by federal health privacy laws, so what they do with sensitive information is up to them.