Surveillance & Privacy

25 March 2018

Germany Raises Pressure on Facebook on Data Privacy Rules Bloomberg

The German government and lawmakers in the lower house of parliament are ratcheting up the pressure on Facebook Inc. to guarantee privacy following reports that an election consulting firm siphoned data from tens of millions of the social network’s users.

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23 March 2018

Why Facebook users' data obtained by Cambridge Analytica has probably spun far out of reach Washington Post

The data on millions of Facebook users that a firm wrongfully swiped from the social network probably has spread to other groups, databases and the dark Web, experts said, making Facebook’s pledge to safeguard its users’ privacy hard to enforce.

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EU leaders tell social networks to guarantee users' privacy Reuters

EU leaders on Thursday urged social networks to guarantee transparent practices and fully protect personal information as pressure piled on Facebook after allegations that data from 50 million of its users was mishandled.

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22 March 2018

On the web, privacy in peril Harvard Gazette

Innocent victim or background contributor? Facebook now faces questions from authorities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean after news reports in The Guardian and The New York Times this week revealed that a psychologist illicitly gave data from 50 million Facebook users to a political consulting firm that tailored political ads to many users during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis New York Times

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Wednesday publicly addressed for the first time the misuse of data belonging to 50 million users of the social network and described the steps the company would take to safeguard the information of its more than two billion monthly users.

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Want to #DeleteFacebook? You Can Try New York Times

In the wake of news that the Facebook data of 50 million people was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, many users are mulling whether it is time to leave the social network. Even a co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $16 billion in 2014, declared that it was time to delete Facebook.

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21 March 2018

How Facebook's Data Sharing Went From Feature to Bug New York Times

In 2007, a young Mark Zuckerberg stood on a stage in San Francisco and announced that Facebook was throwing open its doors. No longer, he said, would Facebook be a closed-off software product like every other social network. Instead, it would become an open platform and invite outside developers to build apps and programs on top of it.

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08 March 2018

Your Data Is Crucial to a Robotic Age. Shouldn't You Be Paid for It? New York Times

Should Facebook pay us for our puppy pictures? Of course, the idea sounds crazy. Posting puppies on Facebook is not a chore. We love it: Facebook’s 1.4 billion daily users spend the better part of an hour on it every day. It’s amazing that we don’t have to pay for it.

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19 February 2018

Facebook told to stop tracking in Belgium BBC News

Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.

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13 February 2018

Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court The Guardian

Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court.

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04 February 2018

Will tech giants move on from the internet, now we've all been harvested? by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

Much of the current hysteria about the technology industry is due to its highly ambiguous relationship with its users. Driven by the logics of both compassion and indifference, this relationship has always been erratic yet functional. These two clashing rationales, for example, allowed technology companies, frequently painted as Dr Evil, to claim the mantle of Mother Theresa. However, as the unresolved contradictions of these logics pile up, we can’t fail to notice the incoherence of the industry’s overall social vision.

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31 January 2018

Data Privacy Concerns Cause Costly Sales Delays Security Intelligence

Recent research suggested that organizations around the world are struggling to keep up with their sales goals due to data privacy concerns.

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Facebook braces for new E.U. privacy law Washington Post

Facebook announced a new push over the weekend to better explain its efforts to protect user data by sharing its privacy principles for the first time ahead of the European Union's new data protection law that will take effect in May.

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29 January 2018

Tech Giants Brace for Europe's New Data Privacy Rules New York Times

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and Google Docs.

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05 January 2018

Internet Users in China Expect to Be Tracked. Now, They Want Privacy. New York Times

China’s biggest online payment company offers its hundreds of millions of users a breakdown on their spending each year, showing everything from their environmental impact to their ranking among shoppers in their area. Many spenders — not shy, and occasionally even a bit boastful about their personal finances — in turn share the details on social media.

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Ad targeters secretly tracking people on the internet through invisible login forms The Independent

Web users are having their details secretly collected by ad tracking companies, researchers say.

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19 December 2017

French privacy watchdog raps WhatsApp over Facebook data sharing Reuters

France’s data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring its sharing of user data with parent company Facebook into line with French privacy law.

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08 December 2017

EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case Reuters

The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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27 November 2017

Editorial: Cops, Cellphones and Privacy at the Supreme Court New York Times

How hard should it be for the police to get hold of reams of data showing every place you’ve been for months?

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22 November 2017

More than 480 web firms record 'every keystroke' BBC News

Hundreds of web firms are tracking every single keystroke made by visitors, a study from Princeton University has suggested.

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16 November 2017

It's Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data New York Times

Our data is valuable. Each year, it generates hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity, mostly between and within corporations — all on the back of information about each of us.

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TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook Washington Post

The same, weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior could soon appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators.

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08 November 2017

You may be sick of worrying about online privacy, but 'surveillance apathy' is also a problem The Conversation

We all seem worried about privacy. Though it’s not only privacy itself we should be concerned about: it’s also our attitudes towards privacy that are important.

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Mass Shootings, Climate, Discrimination: Why Government's Fear of Data Threatens Us All Wired

In the aftermath of the massacre of 26 people in a small-town Texas church, you might have seen that the killer used a gun called an AR-15. It’s a popular weapon—relatively easy to use, endlessly customizable, military in appearance. How popular? It’s the same gun that a killer used in the massacre of 58 people at a Las Vegas concert last month, and by the killer who murdered 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, and the one at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. And the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. And the party in San Bernardino, California.

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27 October 2017

WhatsApp faces EU taskforce over sharing user data with Facebook The Guardian

The European Union’s data regulator group is again focusing its attention on WhatsApp for the messaging app’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, launching a taskforce to implement “a clear, comprehensive resolution” to comply with EU law.

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