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Mobile phones are great sources of data—but we must be careful about privacy.
Smartphone apps that send disappearing messages are gaining in popularity.
A new venture lets patients choose how their data is used for medical research and offers sophisticated privacy settings.
Researchers found they could tie people’s identities to supposedly anonymous genetic data by cross-referencing it with information available online.
By monitoring people’s mobile devices, brick-and-mortar stores can get data on foot traffic much as websites follow clicks.
It’s possible—though not always foolproof—to get embarrassing things taken down. Voluntary data-labeling standards could make it even easier.
A service called Mobilescope acts as a watchdog, alerting users when apps copy and transmit sensitive information.