Surveillance & Privacy

21 August 2018

Let's Retire the Phrase 'Privacy Policy': People assume it means their information will be kept private. Nothing could be further from the truth. by Joseph Turow, professor of communication New York Times

True or false: “When a website has a privacy policy, it means the site will not share my information with other websites or companies without my permission.”

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19 August 2018

Google refused an order to release huge amounts of data. Will other companies bow under pressure? Washington Post

It was a case that gave a new meaning to the phrase “Google search.” Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.

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11 July 2018

Report: Most American consumers think companies aren't doing enough to protect their data Marketing Land

Consumers are still confused about how their privacy is being handled and want companies to do more to protect them, according to new research released Tuesday by digital advertising platform Choozle.Consumers are still confused about how their privacy is being handled and want companies to do more to protect them, according to new research released Tuesday by digital advertising platform Choozle.

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05 July 2018

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What's on Tonight New York Times

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.

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28 June 2018

California is on the verge of passing a sweeping new online privacy law targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants Washington Post

California is hurtling toward the adoption of a new online privacy law that would govern how tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Uber collect and monetize consumers' personal data – a set of changes that could ripple throughout the country.

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Privacy makes the world go round as new laws abound Australian Financial Review

Privacy is big news. The data breach at Equifax has reportedly cost that company $US430 million ($580 million) and climbing, the PageUp People breach in Australia has impacted many of our biggest brands, meanwhile Barbra Streisand is intent on erasing your Memories.

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27 June 2018

European readers still blocked from some US news sites following GDPR BBC News

Major American news sites, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News, remain unavailable to readers in the EU, a month after new data protection rules were implemented.

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26 June 2018

European regulators report sharp rise in complaints after GDPR The Guardian

The first month of GDPR has seen a sharp increase in the number of complaints to regulators across Europe, showing strong public interest in the new rules.

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14 June 2018

Facebook, Google Targeted Among 19 Pan-EU Privacy Complaints Bloomberg

Google, Facebook Inc. and its apps WhatsApp and Instagram risk European Union privacy probes after being targeted among 19 cross-border complaints filed with regulators since tough new rules kicked in at the end of May.

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05 June 2018

Facebook Back on the Defensive, Now Over Data Deals With Device Makers New York Times

Facebook endured a new wave of criticism from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Europe on Monday after disclosures that the social media giant had allowed dozens of hardware manufacturers access to its trove of personal user data.

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04 June 2018

Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends New York Times

As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information.

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28 May 2018

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law New York Times

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry groups warn.

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26 May 2018

Europe, not the U.S., is now the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley Washington Post

Europe implemented a sweeping overhaul of digital-privacy laws on Friday that has reshaped how technology companies handle customer data, creating a de-facto global standard that gives Americans new protections and the nation’s technology companies new headaches.

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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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