About this Issue

Data technologies allow service providers to mine benign digital activities for information to generate revenue and provide valuable services — prompting concern from some and innovation from others.  However, the law privileges some types of information over others.  It may be unethical to collect or use sensitive data without adequate precautions and notifications.  Unfortunately, laws defining sensitive data can vary widely.  The Future of Privacy Forum recognizes the need to clarify these terms, and the Sensitive Data issue page serves as resource for the developments in the characterization, collection, and use of sensitive data.

Uber and Location Permission

December 7, 2016 | Jules Polonetsky

Uber and Location Permission

Uber recently announced that its iOS app will require access to location data either “Always” or “Never.” Given some of the confusion about the change, we are writing to help consumers better understand what Uber modified and why.

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What's Happening: Sensitive Data

June 22nd Webinar: PII Cookies and De-Identification – Accounting for Shades of Grey
June 14th Event: A Roundtable on Ethics, Privacy, and Research Reviews
Scientists Are Just as Confused About the Ethics of Big-Data Research as You