Dr Zaheer Hussain

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Data for sale: Data tracking is a common practice

According to a study conducted by the university of Oxford as covered by Wired Magazine – ‘My Identity for Sale’ (http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/11/features/my-identity-for-sale), it’s very easy to identify individuals even when data is anonymised. De-anonymising is even easier when the data is merged with other databases (e.g., purchasing).

The article states that companies are selling your data to others, who then merge the data with other mega-databases thereby identifying you individually and revealing enormous information about your life.

This is all happening quietly without fully informing the public amidst a context of data being lost, sold, combined with other data, and the abuse of the publics right of privacy.


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Smartphone use Media Coverage 2015

It’s been a busy 10 days with a lot of calls and emails regarding my research study. Here are some links to the international media coverage regarding my recent research paper on Smartphone use, Addiction, Narcissism and Personality;

The Guardian: http://bit.ly/1M9sYEO
Yahoo News (India): http://bit.ly/18WncrX
Wired (Deutsch): http://bit.ly/1BVzmhv
Dublin News: http://bit.ly/1ElbmVs
Business Standard: http://bit.ly/17Xu7jC
The New Indian Express: http://bit.ly/1wZL976
Thai Tech: http://bit.ly/1Not2C7
Shiny Shiny: http://bit.ly/1CFDPEV
NDTV.com: http://bit.ly/1ESDPAQ
The Times of India: http://bit.ly/1GpBCys
Deccan Herald: http://bit.ly/1BNwy4z
Guardian Liberty Voice: http://bit.ly/1A395HI
Hindustan Times: http://bit.ly/1Kwf6qR
Mashable: http://on.mash.to/1x8fIYl
ITV Good Morning Britain: http://bit.ly/1DY5Xkr
ITV News: http://bit.ly/1DOQErE
BBC East Midlands Today: http://bbc.in/1B9Bv5P (clip starts at 08:40)
iDigital Times: http://bit.ly/1zNg7PZ
Geek Wire: http://bit.ly/1BTJ188
Metro (Poland): http://bit.ly/1aMoDdb