Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Facebook's new Oversight Board strives to be seen as independent

Social media users who believe their posts have been unfairly removed from Facebook or Instagram can now file an appeal to Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board, the company announced Thursday.

Derek McMinn: Surgeon ‘hoarded thousands of body parts over 25 years'

Derek McMinn: Surgeon ‘hoarded thousands of body parts over 25 years'

How Birmingham hospital staff stayed silent for decades as surgeon ‘harvested body parts’Derek McMinn: The surgical pioneer facing a scandalAnother surgeon raises serious questions for private hospital regulationHowever, it is understood that the full scale of McMinn’s actions – dating back to the 1990s – was kept from some regulators until the The Independent began making inquiries in the past week, despite completion of the internal review in October last year.

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

Trudeau Liberals quietly draft plan to regulate information on internet in Canada

OTTAWA, September 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has drafted documents related to regulating the internet in Canada, a move critics say could have alarming implications for the country’s online free and independent press.

Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes.

Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes.

There was some good news: a second amendment did pass, which allows judges ruling on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests to seek input from independent experts.

Farewell from Cliqz

Farewell from Cliqz

People asked us over the last years how Cliqz could fail.And most of all, we failed to convince the political stakeholders, that Europe desperately needs an own independent digital infrastructure.Most of all, we did not fail creating an amazing and passionate team around Cliqz.

Myths of Email

Myths of Email

Therefore, when considering an offshore email service, it is important to ascertain the status of a government’s independence and the facts pertaining to its privacy and data retention laws.Offshore email services with data retention and weak privacy standards should be avoided.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

Welcoming Beat Games to Facebook

They will join Oculus Studios as an independently operated studio in Prague, continuing to create new ways for people to experience music and VR gaming.The Beat Games team will operate the same way they have to date as an independent studio, and they’ll continue to work on Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms.

What is Startpage's relationship with Privacy One/System1 and what does this mean for my privacy protections?

What is Startpage's relationship with Privacy One/System1 and what does this mean for my privacy protections?

To help ensure that our users have no concerns, the Startpage founders and System1/Privacy One went to great lengths to safeguard that Startpage’s privacy remains excellent and independent, now and in the future.System1 invested in Surfboard Holding through the Privacy One Group, its wholly owned subsidiary with Delaware incorporation, for legal and fiscal reasons.

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

Revealed: how TikTok censors videos that do not please Beijing

TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network, instructs its moderators to censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or the banned religious group Falun Gong, according to leaked documents detailing the site’s moderation guidelines.

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

Windows Defender ranked one of the best antivirus solutions

In the German independent research institute’s May/June 2019 ‘best antivirus software for Windows Home Users’ report, Windows Defender is one of four products to receive perfect 6 out of 6 scores in the protection, performance, and usability categories.

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

In addition to the $5 billion fine, which goes straight to the US Treasury, the new order requires Facebook to establish and adhere to a new governance structure for reviewing user privacy on its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp. The company's board of directors must form an independent privacy committee, removing "unfettered control" of decisions affecting user privacy from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

King's College London breached GDPR by sharing list of activist students with cops

King's College London breached GDPR by sharing list of activist students with cops

Kings College London breached the General Data Protection Regulations when it shared a list of student activists with the police and barred the activists from campus during a visit by the Queen, an independent report (PDF) has found.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Giving these independent lawyers the information they need to argue about the legality of novel law enforcement requests, as well as the right to appeal, would at least provide for a more balanced assessment of new surveillance technologies and a quicker way for questions about them to be decided on a national basis.

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Police should have cyber 'key' to unlock encrypted messages, senior officer says

Chief Constable Simon Bailey told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA) yesterday he wanted tech giants to build a back door into apps, which he said were making it “so much harder” to catch paedophiles.

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to create an independent privacy oversight committee and take other steps to safeguard users, Politico reported on Wednesday, citing a source.

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Advertisers Are Hedging on Google as It Enacts GDPR-Compliant Policies

Sources say there are “literally dozens” of RFPs for buy-side ad servers in the North American market at present, with the vast majority of these issued by advertisers reflecting on the impact of Google’s GDPR-compliance policies—i.e., limiting data passbacks to advertisers using its DoubleClick ad stack— that hampered their attempts to implement independent attribution strategies, and in some cases outright shut them down.

Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Independent Review: The Independent Institute

Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Independent Review: The Independent Institute

Volume 23 Number 1 • Summer 2018 Subscribe Buy Single Issues Get the App All Issues: Consumer Privacy in an Age of Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems By Ryan Hagemann This article appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of The Independent Review The advent of the commercial drone will bring new challenges for consumer privacy and new rules for dealing with them.

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed READ MORE The overall tone was that the design of live facial recognition trials needed to be more rigorous, and the tech should be used with a large dollop of caution, plenty of independent oversight and only if it actually works.

Social Media Posts Reveal NATO Soldiers’ Activities, Report Says

Social Media Posts Reveal NATO Soldiers’ Activities, Report Says

An article published by the independent organization, which provides NATO with advice and expertise and is based in Riga, Latvia, said that during another recent exercise (not Trident Juncture) in a NATO nation, researchers were able to collect sensitive information , track troop movements and find soldiers’ approximate location via social media.

Facebook adviser rebukes 'lax' child checks

Facebook adviser rebukes 'lax' child checks

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app gave "nearly limitless access" to a teen's device One of Facebook's independent child safety advisers has criticised the firm over a scheme that gave it access to teenagers' highly personal information, without taking more effort to verify their parents had given permission.

Mass Surviellance: What does the UK government know about you?

Mass Surviellance: What does the UK government know about you?

According to a court statement , it found there was “ inadequate independent oversight of the selection and search processes involved in the operation, in particular when it came to selecting the Internet bearers for interception and choosing the selectors and search criteria used to filter and select intercepted communications for examination …” List of British intelligence agencies The UK government operates one of the largest surveillance and data collection plans in the world.

32 Civil Rights Groups Lose Faith in Facebook, Call for Significant Reforms to its Board

32 Civil Rights Groups Lose Faith in Facebook, Call for Significant Reforms to its Board

Posted on by WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of many scandals highlighting the use of Facebook’s platforms to stoke racial, religious, and cultural animus, 31 diverse civil rights groups are now demanding core institutional reforms to Facebook’s board of directors to be more independent, accountable of senior leadership, and capable of understanding the civil rights and privacy implications for how its platforms are used.

NSA IG looks to make agency ‘transparent where we can be’

NSA IG looks to make agency ‘transparent where we can be’

“Because so much of the stuff can’t be disclosed, I think it really is critically important that we be transparent where we can be, so that the public knows at least that there is effective, independent oversight going on, even if we can’t disclose everything that we’re looking at,” Storch said.

In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal

In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal

The Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office just proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude to legally hack embedded software on their devices in order to repair or maintain them.

Samsung patents a fingerprint reader that works on the entire screen

Samsung patents a fingerprint reader that works on the entire screen

The first patent showed an implementation of the fingerprint reader on the screen similar to what we see on other smartphones, where only part of the screen can be used as a fingerprint scanner. However, the second patent describes a more advanced fingerprint scanner that uses the full-screen screen and a low-power independent processor.

Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros

Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros

A separate internal training presentation obtained by Motherboard about how to use the diagnostics states that the “Apple Service Toolkit and Apple Service Toolkit 2 are available only to persons working at Apple-authorized service facilities.” This means that it will become impossible for you to repair your new MacBook Pro at home, or for an independent repair provider to repair it for you.