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  • How do people balance risk and reward when it comes to privacy?
  • How do people balance risk and reward when it comes to privacy?
    Anna Shvets (2020) ©

It’s safe with us! The science of consumer privacy

With data-sharing enabling everything from smarter cities to more sinister surveillance, the public debate around privacy is becoming increasingly complex. Canvas8 spoke to Alisa Frik, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, to understand how people are weighing up the pay-offs.

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In May 2020, the UK government launched a track-and-trace service to help monitor the spread of COVID-19 across the nation. However, an investigation by the Open Rights Group into the initiative’s handling of user data found that it had been unlawful since its launch by breaching GDPR and failing to safeguard privacy. Meanwhile, Facebook and TikTok confronted yet another round of controversy in July 2020 over their data handling, with the latter facing a potential ban in the US amid concerns that the app is effectively spying on its users and sending their ...



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