EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms As part of a routine review, EPIC asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to question the US about the failure to protect individuals against privacy violations by private industry.

How Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be humbled by a creepy bikini app

How Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be humbled by a creepy bikini app

MP Damian Collins had hit a brick wall with countless requests to drag Mark Zuckerberg in front of his parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to answer questions over the data debacle.

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

Democrats likely to probe tech companies Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram over data privacy

While they may not have the same complaints Republicans have about ideological bias, panels run by Democrats are likely to probe Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram and the like over data privacy and the role their users have played in political battles.

Russian influencers thrived on Instagram after pressure on Facebook, Twitter

Russian influencers thrived on Instagram after pressure on Facebook, Twitter

Because of Instagram's viral nature, many of these Russian-influenced memes are still floating around the social network, as people share the divisive posts without knowing the original source.

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.

The Humanitarian Metadata Problem - Doing No Harm in the Digital Era

The Humanitarian Metadata Problem - Doing No Harm in the Digital Era

This joint report by Privacy International and the International Committee of the Red Cross aims to provide people who work in the humanitarian sphere with the knowledge they need to understand the risks involved in the use of certain new technologies.

EPIC to Congress: Federal Agency Making Up the Rules for Facial Recognition Screening

EPIC urged the Committee to suspend the screening program until privacy safeguards and meaningful opt-out procedures are established. Last week, EPIC warned Customs and Border Protection about facial recognition technology and urged the DHS Privacy committee to end the program.

EPIC To Congress: Require Algorithmic Transparency For Google, Dominant Internet Firms

EPIC explained that Google's acquisition of YouTube led to a skewing of search results after Google substituted its secret "relevance" ranking for the original objective ranking, based on hits and ratings. The Commission required Google to change its algorithm to rank its own shopping comparison the same way it ranks its competitors.

Equifax Breach "Entirely Preventable": House Oversight Committee

The House Committee recommended that Equifax "provide more transparency to consumers" about data use and security practices and reduce the use of social security numbers as identifiers, longstanding priorities of EPIC.

The secret Facebook documents have just been published by British Parliament

The secret Facebook documents have just been published by British Parliament

British Parliament on Wednesday published a cache of secret Facebook documents it obtained last month from a company suing the social network. Collins said a recurring theme of the papers was the "idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the [app] developers' relationship with Facebook."

Nearly 250 Pages of Devastating Internal Facebook Documents Posted Online By UK Parliament

Nearly 250 Pages of Devastating Internal Facebook Documents Posted Online By UK Parliament

They raise important questions about how Facebook treats users data, their policies for working with app developers, and how they exercise their dominant position in the social media market,” Collins tweeted.

Labor and Coalition in last-minute blowup over encryption deal

Labor and Coalition in last-minute blowup over encryption deal

Racing to beat the adjournment debate so a full report could be tabled, the deputy chair, Anthony Byrne, was seen having words with the chair, Andrew Hastie, and the attorney general, Christian Porter, alongside fellow committee members Mike Kelly and Julian Leeser.

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday as Washington prepared for the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents

Facebook has maintained that the assertions "have no merit" and that it intended to fight the assertions in court. While Zuckerberg won't be testifying in front of an international committee on November 27th, policy VP Richard Allan will -- and they may have tougher questions if they learn anything from the seized documents.

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers

Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions.

Japan cybersecurity minister who doesn’t use computers says he’s also not familiar with cybersecurity

Japan cybersecurity minister who doesn’t use computers says he’s also not familiar with cybersecurity

At Thursday’s meeting of the Lower House Cabinet Committee, Sakurada — who also serves as minister for the 2020 Tokyo Games — faced his first question-and-answer session on a bill to revise the Basic Act on Cybersecurity.

Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals

Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals

Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally.

Spy and police chiefs demand passage of Australian encryption access law

Spy and police chiefs demand passage of Australian encryption access law

Without providing any evidence, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) chief Duncan Lewis told a parliamentary committee hearing on October 19 that suspected terrorists were using encrypted messages to plan potential attacks.

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

At a committee hearing in Canberra on Friday, witnesses from Cisco, Optus and Telstra called for a better definition of the bill’s main safeguard that tech companies cannot be asked to build “systemic” weaknesses into their products.

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

Facebook: MEPs demand a full audit by EU bodies to assess data protection

MEPs call on the European Commission to suspend the Privacy Shield agreement (designed to protect EU citizens whose personal data are transferred to the US for commercial purposes), since US authorities failed to comply with its terms by 1 September 2018.

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

Silicon Valley finally pushes for data privacy laws at Senate hearing

That Congress is now considering passing privacy legislation after more than a decade of debate and delay is a positive development, says Amie Stepanovich, the US policy manager for digital rights organization Access Now. But with a panel consisting entirely of major internet companies, consumer voices were sorely lacking.

Google faces mounting pressure from Congress over Google+ privacy flaw

Google faces mounting pressure from Congress over Google+ privacy flaw

Republican leaders from the Senate Commerce Committee are demanding answers from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recently unveiled Google+ vulnerability, requesting the company’s internal communications regarding the issue in a letter today.

Brendan Eich writes to the US Senate: we need a GDPR for the United States

Brendan Eich writes to the US Senate: we need a GDPR for the United States

Brendan Eich, the CEO of Brave, has written to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to present the case for GDPR-like data protection standards in the United States.

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

We look forward to a confirmed hearing date with a diverse panel of witnesses from academia, advocacy, and state consumer protection authorities. Senator Schatz questioned whether companies were coming to Congress simply to block state privacy laws and raised the prospect of creating an actual federal privacy regulator with broad authority.

Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input

Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as U.S. seeks input

“We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and improved our robust privacy program,” Google chief privacy officer Keith Enright will say in written testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Privacy groups upset at not being invited to Thune hearing on data privacy

Privacy groups upset at not being invited to Thune hearing on data privacy

Faced with tougher regulations from the European Union and the state of California to protect consumer data, Google, Amazon and other industry groups now want the federal government to pass some regulations, Chester said.

The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing

The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing

It is no coincidence that, in the past week, two leading industry groups (the Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Association) have called for federal preemption of state data privacy laws in exchange for weaker federal protections.

Apple, Amazon, Google, others called to testify on consumer privacy protections

Apple, Amazon, Google, others called to testify on consumer privacy protections

The meeting will take place on September 26, two weeks from now, and the companies, if they decide to attend, will answer questions from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. "Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection," said Thune.

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Reflections on America’s post-9/11 domestic spying program

Foremost among these generals were Keith Alexander, who became National Security Agency (NSA) chief and James Clapper, who had climbed the ranks of the secret military spying community to become director of national intelligence.

California Assembly Acquiesces In Secret Police Surveillance

California Assembly Acquiesces In Secret Police Surveillance

For the second year in a row, the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has effectively killed a bill that was poised to ensure transparency, community oversight, and civil liberties regarding proliferating police surveillance technology.