Author Archives: Andrew Hilts

Andrew Hilts is a research fellow at the Citizen Lab and executive director of Open Effect, a Canadian non-profit focused on privacy and security research and advocacy.

Every Step You Fake: Final Report released

Citizen Lab research partner Open Effect today announced the release of the full report detailing our year-long research collaboration into the privacy and security of wearable fitness tracking devices.

Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security

This report describes major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications.

Some impressions on Internet advertiser security

In our blog post, we describe the results of tests we conducted to measure HTTPS support on the advertisers found on a sample of news websites as well as two sample lists of advertisers. We find a large disparity between our results and the the level of security support referred to in a recent post on the Internet Advertising Bureau’s website.

Early findings from AMI requests

This post provides a summary of early findings associated with Canadians creating right to information requests using the Access My Info tool. It discusses several themes emergent from an analysis of company responses to such requests.

Social Media Watch – June 2014

This edition of Social Media Watch deals with top court rulings on digital privacy, social media monitoring, and mobile security news.

Access Your Information with AMI: Benefits and Design Rationale

This post first identifies the individual and collective benefits of using the Access My Info tool to request access to one’s personal data held by Canadian data operators. It then discusses technical design decisions that went into the tool’s development and implementation.

Social Media Watch – May 2014

Social Media Watch returns with updates from the EU and US legal landscape, some notable cases of government access to personal data, and an overview of some important reports describing the need for updated regulation in the data economy.

Correlating political events with keyword censorship on Sina Weibo: The case of “Bo Xilai” (薄熙来)

This post presents a 22-month infographic overview of how events are correlated with blocking of information related to Bo Xilai on Sina Weibo.

Social Media CyberWatch – May/June 2013

This Social Media CyberWatch outlines privacy law developments, online service provider relationships with the NSA PRISM program, and Facebook privacy news.