Surveillance & Privacy

08 February 2019

Facebook ordered by Germany to gather and mix less data BBC News

Germany's competition regulator has told Facebook to substantially restrict how it collects and combines data about its users unless they give it explicit consent.

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06 February 2019

Over 59,000 personal data breaches reported across Europe since introduction of GDPR, according to DLA Piper survey DLA Piper

Over 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported across the European Economic Area by public and private organizations since the GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018, according to DLA Piper's GDPR Data Breach survey. The Netherlands, Germany and the UK topped the table in the report with approximately 15,400, 12,600, and 10,600 reported breaches respectively. The lowest numbers of reported breaches were made in Liechtenstein, Iceland and Cyprus with 15, 25 and 35 reported breaches respectively.

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03 February 2019

Data Protection Day 2019 Council of Europe

On 28 January 2019, the 13th edition of Data Protection Day will be celebrated globally. It aims at raising awareness on the right to data protection. The Council of Europe, initiator of this important celebration, continues to play a leading role by encouraging and showcasing initiatives held on this occasion.

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31 January 2019

Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals BBC News

Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content.

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23 January 2019

Google Is Fined $57 Million Under Europe's Data Privacy Law New York Times

After European policymakers adopted a sweeping data privacy law last year, the big question was how regulators would use their newfound authority against the most powerful technology companies.

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21 January 2019

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight Associated Press

Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.

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17 January 2019

Survey: Few Americans Willing to Pay for Privacy Center for Data Innovation

Only one in four Americans want online services such as Facebook and Google to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation.

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31 December 2018

Facebook Data Scandals Stoke Criticism That a Privacy Watchdog Too Rarely Bites New York Times

Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a top enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission drafted a memo about the prospect of disciplining the social network.

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24 December 2018

Why the F.T.C. Is Taking a New Look at Facebook Privacy New York Times

In 2011, Facebook agreed to settle charges that it had deceived consumers on privacy. But new problems have resurfaced old concerns.

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23 December 2018

Google's Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us The Guardian

We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies.

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19 December 2018

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants New York Times

For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Withheld Russia Data, Reports Say New York Times

When lawmakers asked YouTube, a unit of Google, to provide information about Russian manipulation efforts, it did not disclose how many people watched the videos on its site that were created by Russian trolls.

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16 December 2018

Facebook Says Bug Opened Access to Private Photos New York Times

Facebook announced on Friday that it had discovered a bug that allowed outsiders access to private photos, potentially affecting some 6.8 million people who use the service.

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11 December 2018

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret New York Times

Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.

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07 December 2018

The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s New York Times

Choices that Congress made decades ago allowed tech giants to become as powerful as they are.

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06 December 2018

Who will protect us from digital deception? Not tech companies The Guardian

Technology companies have not found an adequate solution to the problem of digital deception – they must be regulated

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Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users' data and activities, according to documents released by British lawmakers Washington Post

A trove of emails and internal documents released by a British lawmaker on Wednesday illustrate how Facebook rose to dominance years ago by using people’s data as a bargaining chip, undermining the social media giant’s claim that changes to its business practices were motivated by a desire to protect people’s privacy.

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28 November 2018

What are tech companies doing about ethical use of data? Not much The Conversation

Our relationship with tech companies has changed significantly over the past 18 months. Ongoing data breaches, and the revelations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have raised concerns about who owns our data, and how it is being used and shared.

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22 November 2018

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google Associated Press

In the battle for online privacy, Google is a U.S. Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.

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13 November 2018

Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data New York Times

Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.

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04 October 2018

Why your online data isn't safe: An interview with Berkman Klein Center Executive Director Urs Gasser Harvard Law Today

Until recently, the presumptive targets for massive data theft were considered to be companies that lacked sophisticated cybersecurity or didn’t take the issue seriously enough.

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13 September 2018

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data New York Times

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google Play store and rated as age-appropriate. The game, which lets children race cartoon cars with animal drivers, has been downloaded millions of times.

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12 September 2018

Google fights plan to extend 'right to be forgotten' BBC News

European rules that allow individuals the "right to be forgotten" online could be extended worldwide.

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09 September 2018

If Privacy Is Dead, Some Argue People Should Sell Their Own Data Bloomberg

If privacy is truly a thing of the past, then people should at least profit off their own personal information.

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22 August 2018

Don't want Google tracking you? You have almost no choice, according to a study. Washington Post

Google’s sweeping capability to collect data makes it nearly impossible to escape the tech giant in the course of normal online activity, according to a study published Tuesday.

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