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Technical Perspective: The Real-World Dilemma of Security and Privacy by Design

By Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 64 No. 10, Page 84

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The Roman historian Tacitus (55 A.D.–120 A.D.) once said "the desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."

In the digital era, providing security and privacy is a noble enterprise, and the entanglement between security and safety systems is increasing. The growing digitization of smart devices has already become an integral part of our daily lives, providing access to vast number of mobile services. Indeed, many people are glued to their smart devices. Hence, it seems almost natural to use them in the context of critical emergency and disaster alerts from life-threatening weather to pandemic diseases. However, despite all the convenience they offer, smart devices expose us to many security and privacy threats.


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