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Friday, June 05, 2020

Privacy Threats in Intimate and Personal Relationships

Fascinating thoughts on the topic, true is too little discussed.   Though I would think divorce lawyers have seen it all.

Privacy threats in intimate relationships
Karen Levy and Bruce Schneier 
Department of Information Science, Cornell University; 2Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, USA; 3 Berkman Klein
Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University; and 4 Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,  Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA
Email: karen.levy@cornell.edu
Received 11 December 2018; revised 10 March 2020; accepted 8 April 2020

This article provides an overview of intimate threats: a class of privacy threats that can arise within our families, romantic partnerships, close friendships, and caregiving relationships. Many common assumptions about privacy are upended in the context of these relationships, and many otherwise effective protective measures fail when applied to intimate threats. Those closest to us know the answers to our secret questions, have access to our devices, and can exercise coercive power over us. We survey a range of intimate relationships and describe their common features. Based on these features, we explore implications for both technical privacy design and policy, and offer design recommendations for ameliorating intimate privacy risks.

Keywords: intimacy; family; abuse; children; relationships; privacy .... "

See further in Schneier's blog with discussion.

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