Why “notice and choice” approaches to privacy reduce our privacy

In a recently published article, we (Lemi Baruh and Mihaela Popescu) discuss the limitations of reliance on market mechanisms for privacy protection. Self-management frameworks such as "notice or choice" are inherently biased towards 1) reducing the level of privacy enjoyed by the members of the society and 2) creating privacy inequities (i.e., privacy haves and have …

Fulltext of New Article on Privacy Protection in Mobile Environments

A new article entitled "Captive But Mobile: Privacy Concerns and Remedies for the Mobile Environment" is now published in The Information Society.   Authors: Mihaela Popescu (California State University, San Bernardino) and Lemi Baruh (Koç University, Istanbul) Abstract We use the legal framework of captive audience to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 privacy guidelines as applied …

What Your Communication Metadata Says About You?

A few weeks ago, when information about the National Security Agency's (U.S.) phone surveillance program surfaced, the U.S. President Obama was quick to announce that "nobody is listening to your telephone calls". It was rather a little "harmless" system that collected metadata about individuals' phone calls. We have been hearing similar claims about electronic surveillance …

Privacy, Literacy, and Awareness Paradox in Big Data Ecosystems

The abstract and a copy of the presentation that we (Mihaela Popescu & Lemi Baruh) made in IAMCR conference in Dublin are available below. The paper introduces the concept of "awareness paradox" to discuss privacy literacy in an era of Big Data analytics. Thanks to all listeners for their responses and questions. The full paper …

Freedom-Not-Fear, Day of Protest

The Freedom-Not-Fear movement, a group of European citizens concerned with growing expansion of surveillance in the post 9/11 era of "war on terror" is taking their protest to the EU capital Brussels on September 17, 2011. The movement draws attention to how the climate of fear instilled by the vivid imagery of planes crashing into …

Farewell to IAMCR 2011

This week, esteemed friends from Kadir Has University, Istanbul successfully hosted a five-day IAMCR conference. I was proud to be a part of it, met some very interesting colleagues, and listened to even more interesting papers presented throughout the conference. Congratulations to IAMCR, the local organizing committee at Kadir Has University, and Delano for bringing …

New issue of Çizgidışıdergi is out

A new Turkish  journal called Çizgidışıdergi is out with its third issue.  I also had the pleasure of writing a short article titled "Benibendendahaiyibilenler.com: Etkleşimli Ortamda Tüketici Gözetimi (Surveillance) ve Kimlik" [Roughly translated as ThosewhoknowmebetterthanIdo.com: Consumer Surveillance in Interactive Media]. The issue is available for free download.

Resist The Face(book) of Surveillance

About a week has passed since Facebook decided to change its privacy policies to make users information available to everyone (not only on Facebook, everyone online). Public backlash seems to be rising: The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. You can also take action by making a …

Beware what you read and what you opt out of…

A few years ago, in an article published in New Media & Society (2007), I attempted to draw attention to a recurring problem with respect to user privacy online: the lack of transparency surrounding the data collection/sharing/use practices make it almost impossible for even the most "savy" user to actually challenge corporations' "interpretations" about who …