EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms

The proposed plan, as released by the European Commission this week, names no names but still makes quite clear that the biggest US tech titans—especially Facebook and Google—would be squarely in the sights of any new legislation.

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent.Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

Google, Tinder under investigation in Ireland over data processing

The commission is also investigating the GDPR compliance of dating app Tinder after concerns sparked about issues surrounding its “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”.We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws”, Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, said.

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now gives Europeans the right to verify data held by individual companies, including marketing and advertising profiles.Companies can still protect their code and algorithms as business secrets, but in theory they can no longer hide personal data they generate about their users.

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

The US needs a national privacy law for personal data, Salesforce co-CEO says

25, 2018.DAVOS, Switzerland — The United States needs to develop a national privacy law for personal data, in a similar fashion to what the European Union has done, the head of Salesforce said at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Tuesday.

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Facebook: Star Wars' Mark Hamill deletes account over political ads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said people should be allowed to form their own judgements about what politicians say in ads By contrast, Twitter opted to ban all political adverts from its platform in October.

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Keeping an eye on privacy issues The EU will relaunch its deadlocked effort to more closely regulate internet phone and message services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger, a top bloc official said on Tuesday.

EU’s ePrivacy regulation is being subverted by publishers who want their “right” to use tracking cookies enshrined in law

EU’s ePrivacy regulation is being subverted by publishers who want their “right” to use tracking cookies enshrined in law

As a result, the current draft of the ePrivacy regulation would grant the news publishing industry a special legal privilege to try to force users to be tracked using cookies.

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Campaign group Who Targets Me?, which was established to monitor online political ads, has been examining how parties used Facebook before the election was called and in the first week of the campaign.

Big tech achieving “quantum supremacy” for the first time is bad news for our privacy ǀ View

Big tech achieving “quantum supremacy” for the first time is bad news for our privacy ǀ View

We should all be very concerned that an industry with a questionable track record on data protection, privacy and political neutrality now has access to the world’s most powerful computer.

The Case for an Outright Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

The Case for an Outright Ban on Facial Recognition Technology

Some experts worry that facial recognition technology is a dangerous enough threat to our basic rights that it should be entirely banned from police and government use.

Foursquare CEO calls on Congress to regulate the location data industry

Foursquare CEO calls on Congress to regulate the location data industry

Second, the Foursquare chief said any new law should provide greater transparency around what app makers do with location data, and give consumers the ability to opt-out.

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government after years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners.

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Google boss says you must tell visitors if you have Nest or Alexa in your home

Mr Osterloh acknowledged that wider regulation was needed for the technology sector and its use of data, but said Google was taking steps to make such processing more secure.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

While Cambridge Analytica has since shut down, Wylie said the tactics it used could be deployed elsewhere, and that is why data privacy regulation needs to be dramatically enhanced.

Amazon is creating draft facial recognition regulation to pitch to lawmakers

Amazon is creating draft facial recognition regulation to pitch to lawmakers

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says his company is developing a set of laws to regulate facial recognition technology that it plans to share with federal lawmakers.In February, the company, which has faced escalating scrutiny over its controversial facial recognition tech, called Amazon Rekognition, published guidelines it said it hoped lawmakers would consider enacting.

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

America’s largest companies push for federal online privacy laws to circumvent state regulatory efforts

Chief executives at Amazon, AT&T, Dell, Ford, IBM, Qualcomm, Walmart and other leading financial services, manufacturing and technology companies have issued an open letter to congressional leadership pleading with them to take action on online privacy, through the pro-industry organization, The Business Roundtable.

Facebook, Google didn't plan on being monopolies, but now they're 'too pervasive,' tech investor says

Facebook, Google didn't plan on being monopolies, but now they're 'too pervasive,' tech investor says

Patricof said antitrust laws need to be revised, joining calls from scholars and academics who have argued for a paradigm shift in how monopolies are regulated.The amount of data available to Facebook and Google, which only increases each time the companies acquire smaller competitors, puts them in an unfair position, Patricof said.

The FTC is investigating Facebook. Again.

The FTC is investigating Facebook. Again.

But focusing on pricing alone doesn't help when regulators look at companies like Facebook or Google, because the financial cost to the individual user is $0.

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has compiled a map that shows the breadth of Amazon Ring partnerships with local police for the first time. "Amazon is aggressively marketing surveillance products, including facial recognition, to government agencies with a proven track record of human rights abuses," Greer told BuzzFeed News.

Predicting the future of internet privacy

Predicting the future of internet privacy

Behind these statistics, however, are changing behaviors that point to a future in which users are more mindful of how their online activity translates into data, and businesses are starting to notice.

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

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.

Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts

Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts

PARIS (Reuters) - In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday.

Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet?

Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet?

Under the regulation, the idea that you control your data footprint has been accepted and embedded with privacy protocols placing enforceable rules on how corporations harvest and then monetise personal information.

Opinion | Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy?

Opinion | Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy?

Where the Warner/Fischer bill looks to alleviate the harmful effects of data collection on consumers, Senator Josh Hawley’s Do Not Track Act seeks to stop the problem much closer to the source, by creating a Do Not Track system administered by the Federal Trade Commission.

EPrivacy

EPrivacy

All or any e-privacy, directive, act or regulation is massively overdue, this we saw with the general data protection regulation (GDPR) that came in to force May 2018. While the GDPR aims to protect your Personal data, the ePR focuses on protecting your personal privacy based on electronic communication.

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

Irish regulator opens first privacy probe into Google

The probe was the result of a number of submissions against the company, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said, including from privacy-focused web browser Brave, which complained last year that Google and other digital advertising firms were playing fast and loose with people’s data.

Policymakers seek to rebuild public confidence in a data-driven world

Policymakers seek to rebuild public confidence in a data-driven world

The event, held in central London, brought together policymakers, government advisors, and senior representatives of top international firms to discuss the future of data handling in the UK.“It’s essential to get this right,” said Roger Taylor, chair of the Centre of Data, Ethics, and Innovation, who kicked off proceedings by outlining the government’s forthcoming National Data Strategy.“The obstacles to the collection and use and sharing of data are many and varied.