Surveillance & Privacy

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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11 April 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Testimony: Senators Question Facebook’s Commitment to Privacy New York Times

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, began the first of two marathon hearings in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, answering tough questions on the company’s mishandling of data.

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09 April 2018

Facebook among 30 organisations in UK political data inquiry The Guardian

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating 30 organisations, including Facebook, as part of its inquiry into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes.

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EU, Facebook Plan High-Level Contacts Over Data Scandal Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. expressed a “willingness to engage” with European Union regulators in the wake of fresh evidence showing that data on most of the social network’s 2 billion users could have been accessed improperly.

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Christopher Wylie: Why I broke the Facebook data story – and what should happen now The Observer

In January, I told the British authorities that the app that was used to harvest data for Cambridge Analytica was likely to have pulled the profiles of British Facebook users. Last week Facebook confirmed it: it told the world that as many as 87 million profiles were collected. This included more than one million British records.

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Don't just blame Facebook for taking your data - most online publishers are at it too The Observer

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good metaphor must be worth a million. In an insightful blog post published on 23 March, Doc Searls, one of the elder statesman of the web, managed to get both for the price of one. His post was headed by one of those illustrations of an iceberg showing that only the tip is the visible part, while the great bulk of the object lies underwater. In this case, the tip was adorned with the Facebook logo while the submerged mass represented “Every other website making money from tracking-based advertising”. The moral: “Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing.”

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05 April 2018

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: The Scandal and the Fallout So Far New York Times

In March, The New York Times, working with The Observer of London and The Guardian, obtained a cache of documents from inside Cambridge Analytica, the data firm principally owned by the right-wing donor Robert Mercer.

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Facebook: 'Malicious actors' used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale Washington Post

Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide.

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