Surveillance & Privacy

23 May 2018

U.K. vs. U.S.: How Much of Your Personal Data Can You Get? New York Times

The European Union will put in place one of the toughest data privacy laws in the world this week. The law, among other provisions, gives people in Europe the right to obtain the personal data that companies have on them.

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20 May 2018

2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust Centre for International Governance Innovation

The 2018 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust findings show that over half of internet users surveyed around the world are more concerned about their online privacy than they were a year ago, reflecting growing concern around the world about online privacy and the power of social media platforms.

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09 May 2018

European regulators: We're not ready for new privacy law Reuters

EU's GDPR has been billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web. There’s one problem: many of the regulators who will police it say they aren’t ready yet.

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08 May 2018

Even Privacy Advocates Are Tracking You Online Bloomberg

The primary purpose of Californians for Consumer Privacy, an advocacy group formed by San Francisco real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart, is to push for a ballot initiative adding restrictions on companies that profit from the collection of personal data. Last week, it gave state officials a petition with over 600,000 signatures, which should be enough to get it in front of voters in November.

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03 May 2018

EU: data-harvesting tech firms are 'sweatshops of connected world' The Guardian

The European data protection supervisor has hit out at social media and tech firms over the recent constant stream of privacy policy emails in the run up to GDPR, calling them them the “sweatshops of the connected world”.

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02 May 2018

Amid privacy scandal, Facebook unveils tool that lets you clear browsing history The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new Facebook privacy control called “clear history” at the social media company’s annual developer conference, and admitted that he “didn’t have clear enough answers” about data control when he recently testified before Congress.

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Creepy or Not? Your Privacy Concerns Probably Reflect Your Politics New York Times

Are you creeped out by the idea of a company checking a job candidate’s credit history before deciding whether to hire her or him? Your answer could be tied to your political views.

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01 May 2018

How the internet tricks you out of privacy using 'dark patterns' of design ABC News

The padlock is the internet's talisman of privacy and safety. It's in the corner of your browser when you have a secure website connection. It appears on a Twitter protected profile. It indicates where to find Facebook's privacy settings.

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Leaving Facebook Amid User Data Disputes New York Times

When Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging app WhatsApp, sold the service to Facebook in 2014, he explained how deeply he cared about the privacy of communication. Growing up in the Soviet Union during the 1980s — when surveillance was a fact of life — had made him realize the importance of being able to speak freely, he wrote.

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29 April 2018

Who should hold the keys to our data? The Observer

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good

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Facebook Faces Tough Questions in Britain That It Avoided in the U.S. New York Times

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, escaped tough questioning during congressional testimony this month in part because American lawmakers weren’t well versed about how the social network functions. On Thursday, one of his deputies faced a decidedly sharper inquisition from a panel in Britain.

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26 April 2018

Facebook's Privacy Scandal Appears to Have Little Effect on Its Bottom Line New York Times

Despite it all, the Facebook juggernaut marches on. The social network is undergoing its worst crisis in its 14-year history as it faces a torrent of criticism about its privacy practices and the way it handles user data.

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New Europe law makes it easy to find out what your boss has said about you ave you ever wondered what your boss or co-workers say about you behind your back? If you’re located in Europe, it will soon be extremely easy to find out. Under the General Dat The Guardian

Have you ever wondered what your boss or co-workers say about you behind your back? If you’re located in Europe, it will soon be extremely easy to find out.

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Facebook's handpicked watchdogs gave it high marks for privacy even as the tech giant lost control of users' data Washington Post

Facebook's mishandling of its users’ personal information prompted stiff penalties from the U.S. government in 2011 — including a requirement that the social giant submit to regular privacy checkups for the next two decades.

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European Regulators Ask if Facebook Is Taking Too Much Data New York Times

Data. It is the gasoline that fuels advertiser-supported internet giants like Facebook and the gold that companies mine for their algorithms.

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23 April 2018

Facebook's privacy changes look different for Europeans and Americans Washington Post

All 2.2 billion people who use Facebook will soon see changes to their privacy settings, in response to a sweeping new privacy law in Europe — but American users won't see exactly the same thing as their European counterparts.

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GDPR: Are you ready for the EU's huge data privacy shake-up? BBC News

Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years.

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U.K. Privacy Chief Wants Powers to Access Data More Quickly Bloomberg

The U.K.’s privacy regulator, who’s leading European investigations into how political consultants accessed the data of millions of Facebook Inc. users, said British data-protection laws are slowing her progress.

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How Europe's 'breakthrough' privacy law takes on Facebook and Google The Guardian

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

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19 April 2018

Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law Reuters

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

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18 April 2018

Facebook Is Creepy. And Valuable. New York Times

One of the most telling moments in the spectacle of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony last week was when Representative Billy Long, a Missouri Republican, warned the co-founder of Facebook of what Congress was likely to do about its multiple concerns surrounding the social network. “Congress is good at two things: doing nothing, and overreacting,” he said. After years of the former, he said, “we’re getting ready to overreact.”

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Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, UK MPs told The Guardian

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

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15 April 2018

Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks New York Times

Two pages of notes sitting in a binder in front of Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony this week hinted at a message the Facebook chief executive rarely got a chance to deliver: We’re not the only ones.

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12 April 2018

What You Don't Know About How Facebook Uses Your Data New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, went to Capitol Hill this week to explain to members of Congress how the detailed personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users ended up in the hands of a voter-profiling company called Cambridge Analytica.

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Zuckerberg Faces Hostile Congress as Calls for Regulation Mount New York Times

After two days and more than 10 hours of questioning of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, there was widespread consensus among lawmakers that social media technology — and its potential for abuse — had far outpaced Washington and that Congress should step in to close the gap.

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