Privacy Day promotes the fundamental principles of being able to control your personal information and to raise awareness of the risks in our digital society.People are recognizing the importance of protecting their private information.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.Lawmakers introduced the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) in 1994 after a private investigator hired by a stalker obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from the DMV.
Thankfully, Senate Judiciary Committee members voted down A.B. 873, which privacy advocates opposed because it would have weakened the definition of “personal information” and undermined critical privacy protections in the CCPA.
Under the “How we use your personal information” header, one of the paragraphs now reads (emphasis added):We may also use your personal information for account and network security purposes, including in order to protect our services for the benefit of all our users, and pre-screening or scanning uploaded content for potentially illegal content, including child sexual exploitation material.
The Act also applies to the Government’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information in the course of providing services.” Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the “PIPEDA“) and Provincial Privacy Acts: The PIPEDA and Provincial Privacy Acts set out “the ground rules for how private-sector organizations collect, use, and disclose personal information in the course of for-profit, commercial activities across Canada.
One of the most shocking claims revolved around Facebook partner contracts that allegedly allowed Netflix and Spotify to “ read, write, and delete users’ private messages .” This raucous parade of privacy missteps has stoked a growing collective outrage about tech companies playing fast and loose with personal information we have assumed they would properly secure and protect from misuse.
As a result, third-parties have been engaged in activities like collecting the user’s browsing history, personal data, information about their device, and so on, which is a subversion of the built-in protections that browsers provide to prevent the “straightforward” ways of getting this data from the third-party’s own website (aka, their own users).