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Does More Convenience Mean Less Privacy?

By NPR/TED Staff | NPR
Friday, January 31, 2014

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The End Of Privacy.

What are your thoughts on privacy? Tell us at huff.to/yourprivacy a special collaboration with TED, NPR and The Huffington Post.

About Alessandro Acquisti's TEDTalk

Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti studies how everyday decisions contribute to blurring the line between our public and private lives.

About Alessandro Acquisti

Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti examines the paradox of privacy in an age when people freely disclose public information. He is a professor of information technology and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

His team's studies on facial recognition software showed that it can connect an anonymous human face to an online name, and a Facebook account in about 3 seconds. Other work shows how easy it can be to find a U.S. citizen's Social Security number using public data.

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