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Have you tried FaceApp, the social media app that shows you what you might look like in your twilight years? Many users expressed concerns about privacy when they learned FaceApp's developer is based in Russia. Experts say the concerns about security are largely overblown, but they're glad users are thinking about privacy.

What actually happens to your data when you submit it to apps or websites, either willingly or without knowing? Our guests help us understand how the technology works and our rights related to privacy. In studio:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law 
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, social media strategist and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital

It’s a serious issue that continues to be a leading news topic. And it’s the focus of yet another executive order by President Trump. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn the latest on cybersecurity, what you need to be aware, and how businesses and individuals can protect themselves. 

Here's a timely subject: “Cybersecurity & Privacy in the Age of Terrorism." That's the topic for the upcoming Ewing Series lecture at FLCC.

Yes, we discuss hacking, and how secure our own information is. We also discuss how to balance security with personal privacy. Our guests:

  • Stewart Baker, partner in Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former first assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and former general counsel of the National Security Agency
  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor of public policy at RIT, and faculty affiliate of RIT’s Department of Computing Security

Jennifer Henley, the director of security operations at Facebook, recently gave a keynote address at RIT. As head of security for a site that has nearly 1.5 billion active users every month, she has some practical tips for staying safe on the internet.

Then we’ll check in on what a nationwide survey of people in the rental market can tell us about our cities and communities. The rental market is at a 20-year high, probably good for landlords, but do renters matter to cities? And what aspirations does this highly mobile segment of our population have? We’ll ask Andrew Tam, vice president of data science at Apartment List