Sharing in the Age of Platforms and Machine Learning: Public Data vs.

Here’s what I said: Hey gang — this post two photos of yourself thing feels like a way to gather a data set to train a machine learning classifier for facial recognition to be more accurate in ID’ing people based on an old photo.

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

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Have companies deleted your data?

Have companies deleted your data?

The ad-tech companies Criteo, Quantcast, and Tapad responded to our requests with 1) long explanations about the benefits of digital tracking, 2) assurances that the companies do not collect data that can be used to identify us, and 3) that it was super easy to opt out.

Tails report for November, 2018

Upcoming releases Code Infrastructure Funding Outreach Translation Metrics A lot has happened in the last month, but first of all, we want to point you to our ongoing donation campaign! If everyone using Tails today donated $6, our fundraiser would be done in just one day!

FEC Votes To Allow Lawmakers to Utilize Campaign Funds for Cybersecurity

FEC Votes To Allow Lawmakers to Utilize Campaign Funds for Cybersecurity

The FederalElection Committee (FEC) has voted to allow the lawmakers to use their leftover campaign funds to safeguard and protect their email accounts and devices from cyber intimidations.

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

Spotify's Year-End Ads Highlight the Weird and Wonderful

And at a time when data privacy has become top of mind, Spotify is encouraging people to go public; its “Overshared” initiative will prominently display the year-end stats of select users who voluntarily submit them.

Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets

Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets

The stunt comes a week after the New York Times revealed that a public-relations company used by Facebook had circulated claims that the controversial billionaire George Soros was the hidden backer of the Freedom from Facebook campaign.

Privacy is the new norm

Privacy is the new norm

Something that’s being looked at afresh is contextual advertising, where relevant ad experiences are delivered in real time to people depending on what they’re focusing on that minute. Contextual advertising doesn’t get in the way and because it’s directly relevant people aren’t irritated by it.

35 Million U.S. Voter Records for Sale on the Dark Web

35 Million U.S. Voter Records for Sale on the Dark Web

Apparently, the data that is being offered for sale comes from updated statewide voter lists, and includes millions of full addresses, phone numbers, and names.

Trump campaign selling email and phone lists for millions of supporters

Trump campaign selling email and phone lists for millions of supporters

In the months after Trump’s election, another company owned by Parscale began quietly renting out the list to a few campaigns, though people who work with the Trump campaign said he did little to solicit such rentals.

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

“Republicans have suffered from being behind in small-dollar fund-raising, and the president, over the course of the campaign and his presidency, has built the largest Republican first-party data list,” said Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, who engineered the agreement.

Google may face £3.3bn bill for UK customers' data breach

Google could face a compensation bill of up to £3.3bn over claims it harvested personal data, including political views and health information, from more than four million Britons without their permission. Mr Lloyd set up a consumer campaign called Google You Owe Us as part of this legal action.

“Enough is enough.” Latest Facebook mega breach prompts calls for change from digital security advocates

“Enough is enough.” Latest Facebook mega breach prompts calls for change from digital security advocates

Internet users are demanding change from tech companies, and call on federal lawmakers to pass laws that will actually protect users from dangerous data breaches. Rather than shoring up their security, companies like Facebook have been spending millions lobbying against real privacy and data security protections for Internet users.

Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up

Facebook’s problems in Europe are piling up

“For a short time, I had a Facebook account,“ Jourová said at a news conference Thursday. Jourová says European authorities could sanction Facebook next year if it doesn’t like what it hears from the company soon.

Hackers selling research phished from universities on WhatsApp

Hackers selling research phished from universities on WhatsApp

Iranian hackers have reportedly breached top British universities – including Oxford and Cambridge – to steal what the Telegraph says are “millions” of papers and academic research documents that they then put up for sale via WhatsApp and websites.

How encrypted communications apps failed to protect Michael Cohen

How encrypted communications apps failed to protect Michael Cohen

Those logs, judging by the charging document, appear to have helped document at least Cohen’s communications with officials at the National Enquirer about allegations from porn actress Stormy Daniels—whom Cohen allegedly paid on behalf of Trump, violating campaign finance law.

Demystifying Online Privacy, Through the Story of the Man Who Took On Silicon Valley

Demystifying Online Privacy, Through the Story of the Man Who Took On Silicon Valley

I often write about complex policy issues, and questions surrounding data collection, advertising and privacy can be challenging to unspool in a compelling, accessible way.