The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

The Week in Tech: Facebook and Google Reshape the Narrative on Privacy

“We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.” He reiterated the point in a New York Times Op-Ed , and highlighted the need for federal privacy rules.

Opinion | Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good

Opinion | Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good

Third, a small subset of data helps serve ads that are relevant and that provide the revenue that keeps Google products free and accessible. In the future, A.I. will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data.

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Opinion | Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

If they use Facebook (or Instagram or WhatsApp), they have been prompted to upload their contacts to help find their “friends,” which many people do.

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

This great CNET piece reports that facial recognition in devices like the Nest Cam IQ, Honeywell Smart Home Security, and even the Sony Aibo robot dog don’t comply with Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which “defines ‘biometric identifiers’ as retina scans, iris scans, fingerprints, hand scans, face scans and voiceprints.” As reported in the New York Times, cameras have been installed (but not yet activated, so they say) on planes.

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

Surveillance Capitalism, China and Iran Hacking, 'Gangster' Facebook

Surveillance Capitalism, China and Iran Hacking, 'Gangster' Facebook

This is exactly the kind of dystopian scenario my paranoiac mind feared… Robert Hackett @rhhackett robert.hackett@fortune.com Welcome to the Cyber Saturday edition of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily tech newsletter.

Japan plans to hack into millions of its citizens’ connected devices

Japan plans to hack into millions of its citizens’ connected devices

The Japanese government will try to hack into internet-connected devices in homes and offices around the country starting from next month as part of efforts to improve cybersecurity, NHK World-Japan reports . It will be conducted by Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

How to delete your Facebook account in seven steps

How to delete your Facebook account in seven steps

Maybe it’s simply a realization that all the data you gave to Facebook is feeding a creeping system of surveillance capitalism and you don’t want to feed the beast anymore. Scroll to and tap Account Ownership and Control Facebook Settings 4. Tap Deactivation and Deletion Account Ownership and Control 5.

Netflix Claims It Didn’t Access Your D.M.s; The New York Times Disagrees

Netflix Claims It Didn’t Access Your D.M.s; The New York Times Disagrees

A representative for Netflix told the Times that the company had not been aware Facebook had granted it such privileges, and reiterated that it only used its access for the recommendation feature.

IBM’s Ginni Rometty blasts internet companies’ ‘irresponsible handling’ of personal data

IBM’s Ginni Rometty blasts internet companies’ ‘irresponsible handling’ of personal data

Rometty’s comments in the EU’s capital sought to distinguish IBM IBM, +2.02% , which serves business customers, from mass-market tech companies such as Facebook Inc. FB, +3.53% and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +2.51% GOOG, +2.42% Google, which have drawn attacks over data-handling from politicians and regulators worldwide.