SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India to regulate online news and social media sites

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

& Co KG (H&M) was fined €35.2 (US$41.1 million) by the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The amount of the fine imposed is therefore adequate and effective to deter companies from violating the privacy of their employees.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Barclays Faces Employee Spying Probe

Barclays Faces Employee Spying Probe

The UK's Information Commissioners Office, which enforces privacy laws - including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - has confirmed the Barclays probe to Information Security Media Group."We have an ongoing investigation relating to Barclays' alleged use of employee monitoring tools," an ICO spokeswoman tells ISMG.

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is still ramping up but already there's a 2.0 version in the works

For example, consumers who simply want to know what information the company has about them: If you don't have a program to respond to specific requests for information, you're going to be challenged by the new breed of regulations.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

As Privacy Regulations Tighten, There May Be An SDK-Based Solution For Ad Tech And RTB

As Privacy Regulations Tighten, There May Be An SDK-Based Solution For Ad Tech And RTB

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) recently put the ad tech industry on notice that its real-time bidding (RTB) practices for handling consumer data are not compatible with European regulations.

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

Why a focus on "fake news" and Facebook misses the internet's real problems - and solutions

To properly address the problems of manipulation, disinformation, and violent extremism fermenting on online platforms, future regulation must properly acknowledge the role of surveillance capitalism – not just through targeting tools but in the algorithmic construction of online spaces.

Key takeaways from damning UK report on Facebook’s world of “digital gangsters”

Key takeaways from damning UK report on Facebook’s world of “digital gangsters”

In addition, the report says that social media networks should be "obliged to take down known sources of harmful content, including proven sources of disinformation." Should companies fail to comply, the committee says they should face heavy fines -- and a tech 'levy' of two percent should be introduced to pay for the extra workload of UK regulators.

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ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year.

Industry Group Representing Apple, Google, Amazon and Others Releases User Privacy Framework to Guide Policymakers

Industry Group Representing Apple, Google, Amazon and Others Releases User Privacy Framework to Guide Policymakers

The purpose of this framework is to inform the development of legislation or the promulgation of rules that enhance personal data protection, further the trust relationship between companies and their customers, and enable innovation while also avoiding regulatory fragmentation that undermines all three goals.