Surveillance & Privacy

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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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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