Surveillance & Privacy

25 April 2019

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues New York Times

Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.

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24 April 2019

The Privacy Project New York Times

Companies and governments are gaining new powers to follow people across the internet and around the world, and even to peer into their genomes. The benefits of such advances have been apparent for years; the costs — in anonymity, even autonomy — are now becoming clearer. The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt. Citizens, politicians and business leaders are asking if societies are making the wisest tradeoffs. The Times is embarking on this monthslong project to explore the technology and where it’s taking us, and to convene debate about how it can best help realize human potential.

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11 April 2019

New Zealand called to follow Australia's lead after Facebook slammed as 'morally bankrupt' ABC News

New Zealand's official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings.

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04 April 2019

Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. user data is still showing up in places it shouldn’t.

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24 March 2019

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments New York Times

Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.

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14 March 2019

Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation New York Times

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

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07 March 2019

Zuckerberg outlines plan for 'privacy-focused' Facebook BBC News

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms. In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a "privacy-focused platform."

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03 March 2019

Revealed: Facebook's global lobbying against data privacy laws The Observer

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

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08 February 2019

Facebook Wants You to Have Privacy, Just Not From Facebook Bloomberg

Facebook Inc., which turned 15 on Feb. 4, spent the past year peppering you with apologias and promises about protecting your personal data from others. The company wants you to know that it doesn’t sell your data to advertisers, per se, and that you can limit data sharing with some other apps. It’s going to keep paying for pop-up kiosks and subway ads to reinforce that the thickets of data growing in its garden now are (imagine!) under your control. But Facebook still isn’t being transparent about the ways it collects information on you, and it’s quietly stepping up efforts to grab lots more.

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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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