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Sep 23, 2016

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Emily S

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How Should Companies Handle Data From Employees’ Wearable Devices?

Wearable electronics, like the Fitbits and Apple Watches sported by runners and early adopters, are fast becoming on-the-job gear. These devices offer employers new ways to measure productivity and safety, and allow insurers to track workers’ health indicators and habits. For employers, the...

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Aug 12, 2016

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Emily S

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Forget cops. Should doctors and teachers wear body cameras?

Body cameras have become the solution of the day for stomping out discriminatory behavior against minorities by police officers. Cameras provide a neutral record of events, so we have a better idea what happened during an encounter. Some research even suggests that the presence of body cameras...

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Aug 9, 2016

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Deirdre

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An Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri for healthcare: Closer than we think?

In the musical "Hamilton," George Washington exclaims: “We are outgunned, outmanned, outnumbered, outplanned. We gotta make an all-out stand. Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man.” I recently saw this performance and the remark made me think to myself: Like George and his nascent collection of...

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Jun 27, 2016

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Remi

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US Customs Wants to Collect Social Media Account Names at the Border

Your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US visa process. Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which persons entering the country can declare their various social media accounts and screen names. The information...

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Jun 3, 2016

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Emily S

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Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but you can delete the files

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.  The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.  The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those...

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May 27, 2016

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Emily S

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See That Billboard? It May See You, Too

Pass a billboard while driving in the next few months, and there is a good chance the company that owns it will know you were there and what you did afterward.  Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, will announce on Monday that it has...

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Posted:
May 25, 2016

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Christina

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A Car’s Computer Can ‘Fingerprint’ You in Minutes Based on How You Drive

THE WAY YOU drive is surprisingly unique. And in an era when automobiles have become data-harvesting, multi-ton mobile computers, the data collected by your car—or one you rent or borrow—can probably identify you based on that driving style after as little as a few minutes behind the wheel.

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How to Check Which Apps Access Your Tweets--And Stop Them

THREE’S A CROWD. But when you go to a website it’s rarely a private line between you and your destination. There are often a few third parties there, too: reading your feed, accessing your data, and crunching your numbers. Maybe you gave them your blessing when you first downloaded them, but did...

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Apr 27, 2016

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Christina

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Handy Gizmo Tracks Your Gestures to Remind You to Take Meds

PILLDRILL IS A device with a distinct purpose: To make sure you or your loved ones don’t forget to take your medication. This isn’t a particularly thrilling purpose, but it is an important one. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 prescriptions is never filled, and around 50 percent of people who do fill...

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Posted:
Apr 22, 2016

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Emily S

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15 Ways Cops Use Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

It’s not just your new media pals and ranting uncles constantly scouring social media – a 2014 Lexis-Nexis study reports that 81% of all U.S. law enforcement professionals actively use social media in investigations. From collecting evidence to identifying the whereabouts of criminals, cops around...

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