Privacy

1:06am

Mon May 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 9:57 am

A visitor at the "NEXT Berlin" conference tries out Google Glass on April 24 in Berlin.
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9:57am

Tue March 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Sequencing Of HeLa Genome Revives Genetic Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 11:32 am

A micrograph of HeLa cells, derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks.
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Last week, scientists announced they had sequenced the full genome of the most widely used human cell line in biology, the "HeLa" cells, and published the results on the web. But the descendents of the woman from whom the cells originated were never consulted before the genetic information was made public, and thus never gave their consent to its release.

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9:21am

Tue March 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Drug-Sniffing Dog Case Fails Supreme Court's Smell Test

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 2:56 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court turned up its nose a bit Tuesday on the use of drug-sniffing dogs, ruling that the Fourth Amendment limits the ability of police to use the animals near a home.

By a 5-4 vote, the high court upheld a Florida ruling that suppressed evidence found in a marijuana possession case, after a police drug-sniffing dog was brought near a home and alerted officers. The Florida court rejected the evidence, saying officers did not have probable cause to use the dog.

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2:46pm

Wed March 20, 2013
All Tech Considered

Yes, Your New Car Has A 'Black Box.' Where's The Off Switch?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:43 pm

Detective Dave Wells plugs his laptop into a car's event data recorder. A large portion of new cars are equipped with the device, and the government is considering making them mandatory in all vehicles. But some say there should be an "off" option.
Martin Kaste NPR

If you're a vehicle owner and happen to have a car accident in the near future (we hope you don't), it's likely the crash details will be recorded. Automotive "black boxes" are now built into more than 90 percent of new cars, and the government is considering making them mandatory.

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2:48am

Thu March 7, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Big Data' Revolution: How Number Crunchers Can Predict Our Lives

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 11:52 am

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When the streaming video service Netflix decided to begin producing its own TV content, it chose House of Cards as its first big project. Based on a BBC series, the show stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, and it has quickly become the most watched series ever on Netflix.

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