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Calls To Police Over Drones Up By 2,000%

An increase in public use of drones has been accompanied by, in many cases, a lack of awareness about airspace and privacy laws!
Quadcopter Drone Drones can be bought off the shelf now but many buyers do not understand airspace and privacy laws surrounding them.
Drone related calls to the police in England have risen by more than 2,000% in the last three years, Sky News has learned.
Freedom of Information figures show in 2013 officers recorded 19 calls compared to at least 461 in 2015 and in the last year the number rose by over 160%.
Read more: http://news.sky.com/story/1607283/calls-to-police-over-drones-up-by-2000-percent

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Americans are more likely to be happy giving away their personal data

While Germans and Swedes like it far less!!
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Every year, the UK’s telecom watchdog Ofcom releases a report on the state of the international comms market. This year’s report — which includes data from countries including the US, UK, France, Germany, and Japan — offers a number of interesting (if familiar) insights, including the decline of fixed phone lines around the world, the relative expense of mobile data in the US, and varying morning smartphone routines around the world.
Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/10/9884506/ofcom-report-telecoms-data
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Mozilla has a brand new ad blocker ready for the iPhone

It’s Mozilla’s aim to “build an Internet that respects users, puts them in control, and creates and maintains trust!
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Mozilla just added one more iOS 9 ad blocker to the party. Focus by Firefox is a free content blocker for Safari on Apple’s mobile OS. A company blog post announced the new tool on Monday, saying it will make the mobile browsing experience more fluid by blocking trackers such as those used for ads, analytics and social media.
Read more: http://www.techspot.com/news/63070-mozilla-has-brand-new-ad-blocker-ready-iphone.html
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Electronic Health Records and Patient-Centric Design

CIO’s story Why Electronic Health Records aren’t more usable offers an interesting perspective on the current (improved?) state of affairs in medical care records. From the article:

The American Medical Association in 2014 issued an eight-point framework for improving EHR usability. According to this framework, EHRs should:

  • enhance physicians’ ability to provide high-quality patient care
  • support team-based care
  • promote care coordination
  • offer product modularity and configurability
  • reduce cognitive workload
  • promote data liquidity
  • facilitate digital and mobile patient engagement
  • expedite user input into product design and post-implementation feedback.

Nevertheless, it does not appear that EHR vendors are placing more emphasis on UCD. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT requires developers to perform usability tests as part of a certification process that makes their EHRs eligible for the government’s EHR incentive program. Yet a recent study found that, of 41 EHR vendors that released public reports, fewer than half used an industry-standard UCD process. Only nine developers tested their products with at least 15 participants who had clinical backgrounds, such as physicians.

Note that this situation is not due to a lack of user-centric efforts to make medical records more useful. Indeed there are several efforts underway, including HealthAuth, Kantara’s Healthcare ID Assurance Working Group, Patient Privacy Rights, HEART working efforts with OAuth and UMA, and more. As the article noted, there are regulatory complications as well as crazy-complicated workflow requirements imposed by the software designers/vendors. We need a shift in focus here.

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Adele tour customers given access to fans’ private information

Adele fans buying tickets for the singer’s next tour have claimed to have seen credit card details and addresses for other users when making their purchases!
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Tickets for Adele’s tour are flying off the virtual shelves, but can purchase platforms handle the strain?
Apparently not – Adele fans buying tickets for the singer’s next tour were shown details of customers other than themselves, the BBC reports.
Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/adele-tickets-tour-2015-2016-buy-hack-leak-cheap
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Volvo’s In-Car Delivery Service

In Volvo launches in-car package delivery service in Gothenburg, Volvo’s new service “lets you have your Christmas shopping delivered directly to your car.” Intriguing idea that saves on parking hassles like those people who are waiting/idling around the favored spots.

With just days to go before Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest online shopping days of the Christmas season – Sweden’s Volvo Cars has unveiled a brand new way to take some of the hassle out Christmas shopping.

The premium car maker has launched the world’s first commercially available in-car delivery service by teaming up with PostNord, the Nordic region’s leading communication and logistics supplier, Lekmer.com, the leading Nordic online toy and baby goods store, and Mat.se, a Swedish online grocery retailer, to have Christmas toys, gifts, food and drinks delivered to its cars. …

The Volvo In-car Delivery works by means of a digital key, which is used to gain one-time access to your vehicle. Owners simply order the goods online, receive a notification that the goods have been delivered and then just drive home with them.

Alas, not available everywhere. Yet.

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Personal Information Economy 2015 – London

The Personal Information Economy 2015 conference is coming up! From the event page:

As a new digital age unfolds brands have a make-or-break strategic opportunity to place their customer relationships on a powerful new footing.

The opportunity: to work with customers to create new ‘Me2B’ services that empower them with data and help them use this data to meet previously unmet needs, such as making better decisions and organising and managing their lives better.

Brands that enable these new relationships and services are sustaining and deepening customer trust, growing revenue streams and profits, differentiating themselves in crowded markets, and positioning themselves strategically at the forefront of the digital economy.

Details:

Personal Information Economy 2015: Growth Through Trust
The rise of Me2B commerce
Event Venue:
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Event Date: Tuesday, December 8th 2015 from 09:00 to 19:00 (GMT)
More information here.

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Facebook’s Most Used Words app is a ‘privacy nightmare’

The app has been singled out as an example of how easily people give data away!
The 'What are your most used words on Facebook' app might sound like fun, but it has been described as a 'privacy nightmare'. It is by far not the only app that accesses personal information on the site, usually with the full permission of its users, but it has been singled out as an example of how easily people give their data away

An app that shows your most-used words on Facebook might sound like fun, but the third-party software has been described as a ‘privacy nightmare’.
Some 17.8 million people have used Vonvon’s ‘What are your most used words on Facebook’ app in recent weeks.
But in doing so, they have given the company access to private details such as their age, friend list, education and hometown
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3333324/Facebook-s-Used-Words-app-privacy-nightmare-Tool-used-highlight-easy-users-away-personal-details.html

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Adware uses features for the impaired to install apps

There’s an adware out there which uses features for the visually impaired to install malicious apps on an Android-powered device!
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There’s an adware out there which uses features for the visually impaired to install malicious apps on an Android-powered device. The worst part is that it doesn’t use a vulnerability in the system, but instead abuses a service’s legitimate features.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2015/11/23/adware-uses-features-for-the-impaired-to-install-apps/
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