Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill to Regulate Data Collection

Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill to Regulate Data Collection

While Rubio’s bill is intended to reign in the data collection and dissemination of companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Netflix, it also requires any final legislation to protect small businesses from being stifled by new rules.

6 Years after the Internet's Own Boy: Has the Mission of Aaron Swartz Failed?

6 Years after the Internet's Own Boy: Has the Mission of Aaron Swartz Failed?

But the fact that democratic, liberty-loving regions of the world are also promoting censorship on the Internet is pessimistic, also with regard to the work of people like Aaron.

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues

Microsoft sells targeted ads against search results, and users have complained about how their data is secured in the cloud, the company hasn’t received nearly the same level of scrutiny, and it’s been years since its executives were hauled before Congress.

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

The Senator Who Wants to Keep Silicon Valley From Reading Your Messages

(This year, California passed similar legislation, fought by big tech lobbyists.) The bill comes after a year of public reckoning with how much power technology companies have, as Facebook scandals involving Cambridge Analytica data collection and election meddling have transformed Silicon Valley from America’s startup darlings to the country’s biggest corporate creeps.

Facebook Data Breach Fines Could Top $1B

Facebook Data Breach Fines Could Top $1B

The Irish Data Protection Commission told CNN it launched the inquiry due to several breaches reported to the regulator, including Facebook’s latest disclosure that a bug exposed the photos of millions of Facebook users for twelve days.

Dark Days are Waiting the Open Internet

Dark Days are Waiting the Open Internet

This means that any website like Facebook or Google, which do show a preview of any link available there before opening it, will need to obtain a license from the publishers of that document/article, and this applies to every single one of them in the entire world.

Tech's invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

Tech's invasion of our privacy made us more paranoid in 2018

"We think it's a good thing that people are more interested in using privacy controls and managing their information online," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. Its traffic had steadily been growing since, but it boomed in 2018 as Facebook's privacy issues blew up, said Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo.

Italian regulator fines Facebook £8.9m for misleading users

Italian regulator fines Facebook £8.9m for misleading users

The company was specifically criticised for the default setting of the Facebook Platform services, which in the words of the regulator, “prepares the transmission of user data to individual websites/apps without express consent” from users.

Civil society calls Council to adopt ePrivacy now

Civil society calls Council to adopt ePrivacy now

The collaboration between organisations defending citizens’ rights and industry representatives underlines that both EU citizens and privacy-friendly business models have much to gain from a strong ePrivacy Regulation.

38 businesses and organizations urge European Governments to break ePrivacy deadlock

38 businesses and organizations urge European Governments to break ePrivacy deadlock

Today, Brave and a coalition of almost 40 businesses and organizations urges European Governments to break the deadlock on the ePrivacy Regulation in an open letter. The privacy protections of the ePrivacy Regulation are important to business and to users, and Brave is committed to their realization.

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.

Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus

Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus

The comments, which were broadcast as part of an interview on Axios on HBO, came in response to Cook being asked why he was comfortable taking billions of dollars from Google to make it Apple’s default search engine, despite wanting to protect user privacy.

Internet Privacy Laws All Over The World

Internet Privacy Laws All Over The World

The United Kingdom has the main law of GDPR which is also the basic data regulation for the European Union. The Broadcasting Services Act of Australia is the main regulation that encompasses the rules regarding internet privacy.

TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday re-started the discussion on “regulatory issues and economic concerns” with regard to over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype, with its consultation paper on ‘Regulatory Framework for OTT Communication Services’.

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

It is reasonable to be skeptical of the notion that increasing government power is the key to protecting privacy, but without federal preemption, the nation could balkanize with 50 sets of online privacy rules, undermining the seamless digital experience consumers enjoy today as well as the internet economy which powers some 10 percent of national gross domestic product.

Schneier on Security

The primary reason computers are insecure is that most buyers aren't willing to pay -- in money, features, or time to market -- for security to be built into the products and services they want.

AT&T Claims It Wants Meaningful Privacy Rules...After Just Lobbying To Kill Meaningful Privacy Rules

AT&T Claims It Wants Meaningful Privacy Rules...After Just Lobbying To Kill Meaningful Privacy Rules

Yet here's AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, again this week proclaiming that his company is breathlessly dedicated to real privacy protections, while lamenting the fact that states are now trying to fill the void in the wake of federal apathy on this subject:

Facebook says other apps not caught in hack

Facebook says other apps not caught in hack

Facebook has said that services which let users log in using their accounts do not appear to have been compromised in the recent security attack.

Facebook Faces Potential $1.63 Billion Fine in Europe Over Data Breach

Facebook Faces Potential $1.63 Billion Fine in Europe Over Data Breach

A European Union privacy watchdog could fine Inc. FB -2.59% as much as $1.63 billion for a data breach announced Friday in which hackers compromised the accounts of more than 50 million users, if regulators find the company violated the bloc’s strict new privacy law.

The U.S. might (finally) be ready for federal privacy legislation. Let’s make sure it protects us.

The U.S. might (finally) be ready for federal privacy legislation. Let’s make sure it protects us.

The GDPR is important in the United States because even though the biggest companies that handle data in the U.S. lobbied against it, now that it is law they are obligated to follow the rules (provided they have data on or offer services to Europeans).

New Copyright Powers, New "Terrorist Content" Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

New Copyright Powers, New "Terrorist Content" Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

Elections are coming up in the European Parliament next May. Many of the key parliamentarians who have worked on digital rights in Brussels will not be standing.

Poll Shows GDPR Compliance Lacking

Poll Shows GDPR Compliance Lacking

Only 34.5 % of the approximately 500 professionals responsible for compliance to the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) report maintaining practices that are in keeping with the regulation, a recent Deloitte poll.

1 In 4 Facebook Users Delete Facebook App As Millennial Exodus Continues

And in the latest sign that the furor ignited earlier this year by the Cambridge Analytica scandal has yet to die down (and indeed may have permanently damaged Facebook's brand), the Pew Research Center made the bombshell claim that one in four Facebook users have now deleted the company's mobile app from their phones.

Blockchain and GDPR Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand

Blockchain and GDPR Do Not Go Hand-In-Hand

This ensures that regulations to manage and protect sensitive information can be complied with while services can continue to leverage the strengths of blockchain. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) are, for the most part, incompatible with blockchain-powered startups and businesses.

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have been warning about sharing information with data-collecting companies, firms engaged in the relatively new line of business called some academics have called “surveillance capitalism.” Most casual internet users are only now realizing how easy – and common – it is for unaccountable and unknown organizations to assemble detailed digital profiles of them.

Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet

Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet

Traditional telecoms companies are already subject to laws in this area; the ePrivacy Regulation aims to extend that to the new generation of online services that transmit personal data over the Internet.