Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

Sites using Facebook ‘Like’ button liable for data, EU court rules

Europe’s top court ruled Monday (30 July) that companies that embed Facebook’s “Like” button on their websites must seek users’ consent to transfer their personal data to the US social network, in line with the bloc’s data privacy laws.

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

EPIC is specifically asking the court not to rubber-stamp it but instead to allow it and other privacy organizations to file briefs to the case and to schedule a hearing to review privacy-related issues.

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Google in May unveiled new features it said would help users protect more of their data, including storing more of it on personal devices rather than in cloud computing centers, and giving people more control over how and when tracking software, or cookies, is deployed.

Tide Foundation

Tide Foundation

Decentralized blockchains with specific protocols such like Tide help organizations to encrypt their sensitive data and provide a strict framework for accessing it, protecting against security breaches and helping meet privacy regulation.

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

Amazon has an offer for customers who sign up for its Amazon Assistant shopping tool: Install the service, and we'll give you $10 -- for the right to your browsing data.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

About Finn Myrstad's TED Talk. Finn Myrstad explains that not only would it take you dozens of hours, but you would probably not agree with all the ways your data is being used. Finn Myrstad is the Director of Digital Policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council.

Most consumers believe online privacy is impossible, survey finds

Most consumers believe online privacy is impossible, survey finds

For those whose behavior has not changed, the survey found that “they were already highly protective of their information, or that they had accepted a lack of privacy when engaging online.”.

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.

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple Publicly Makes Fun of Google’s Privacy Issues With New Billboard

Apple has placed a billboard, which reads, “We’re in the business of staying out of yours.” The billboard has been placed right next to new headquarter of Sidewalk Labs in Toronto.

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

LONDON — Germany’s top antitrust enforcer, Andreas Mundt, recently asked a room full of lawyers, academics and regulators to imagine a wall filled with their personal information collected by Facebook and Google.

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

San Francisco—On Monday, June 8, at 11 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, Common Sense Media, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Consumer Reports will hold a conference call to brief reporters about five bills designed to weaken consumer privacy protections that are set for hearing in the California Senate.

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

The advert heavily suggested the monitoring could be done without the subject's consent; it is illegal to use spyware in this way in the U.S. The news shows how companies selling consumer spyware —sometimes known as stalker- or spouseware due to who it is used by and against—leverage platforms to try and get more customers.

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

But while the need for transparency is a central tenet of GDPR, the law is “not being enforced and it hasn’t changed behavior as intended,” Brookman said, at least not yet.

The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal

The 'Surveillance Scores' Companies Use to Rip You Off Might Be Totally Illegal

Customer value scores, such as those used by major retailers like Walmart, enable retailers to render “instantaneous, automated judgments about a consumer that may result in consumers paying different prices for the same product based on how much profit the algorithm decides a particular consumer will produce,” according to the petition.

Roger McNamee: Facebook and Google, like China, use data to manipulate behavior and it needs to stop

Roger McNamee: Facebook and Google, like China, use data to manipulate behavior and it needs to stop

Tech giants and Alphabet 's Google are essentially using the behavioral manipulation strategies he's seen from the Chinese government, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee told CNBC on Monday.

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

Can the Free Market Save Privacy?

In the midst of this data crisis, lawmakers have started looking to for-profit, privacy-focused companies for ideas on how the free marketplace might help with solutions. and DuckDuckGo just happen to both be search engines, but there are other examples of profitable companies that make money while still respecting user privacy.

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

When it comes to privacy, default settings matter!

When it comes to privacy, default settings matter!

As of today, for new users who download and install Firefox for the first time, Enhanced Tracking Protection will automatically be set on by default , protecting our users from the pervasive tracking and collection of personal data by ad networks and tech companies.

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

Safety Agency Probes Data Breach Amid Complaints About Muzzling of Hazard Information

In a letter to key senators, the commission’s acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said officials had directed 29 people – including journalists, lawyers, engineers and company officials – to destroy or return records that the agency had improperly released to them.

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Cook said Sign In With Apple differs from Google or Facebook in that it gives users the option to scramble their email address to prevent a third party from stealing it; notably, Facebook and Google generally share user data with their sign-in tools, as they make money primarily from advertising.

Apple is now the privacy-as-a-service company

Apple is now the privacy-as-a-service company

Apple’s truly transforming into a privacy-as-a-service company, which shows in the way that it’s implementing both the new single sign-on account service, as well as its camera and location services updates in iOS 13.

Should tech workers quit firms that don’t value privacy?

Should tech workers quit firms that don’t value privacy?

Hayes points out that tech workers are likely being influenced by consumers who are “increasingly aware of their data privacy rights, particularly in the advent of GDPR.” Hayes told ProPrivacy:.

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit

(Reuters) - Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

Google Responds To Reports That It Logs Retail Purchase Receipts Sent To Gmail

Google Responds To Reports That It Logs Retail Purchase Receipts Sent To Gmail

“We don’t use any information from your Gmail messages to serve you ads, and that includes the email receipts and confirmations shown on the Purchase page,” the Google spokesperson wrote.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

California bill to expand privacy protections fails

California bill to expand privacy protections fails

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California’s senate blocked a bill on Thursday that would have expanded the ability of consumers to sue companies over their handling of personal data, a win for tech industry groups concerned about wide-ranging privacy lawsuits.

Tell California lawmakers to make privacy rights enforceable

Tell California lawmakers to make privacy rights enforceable

A state bill that would give consumers the right to sue companies that violate their personal information is being stonewalled via closed-door meetings between tech lobbyists and state lawmakers. California state bill SB 561 would give consumers the right to sue companies that violate their personal information.

The year of privacy

The year of privacy

This scandal truly shocked the tech industry and forced governments and companies to start thinking about what they can do to protect your privacy.

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