Digital Transparency

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Internet Users Worry About Online Privacy but Feel Powerless to do Much About It

Consumers do enjoy the convenience of the apps they use but are individually overwhelmed when it comes to defending their privacy.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to our collective sense of internet privacy, 2018 is definitely the year of …

Privacy

Call for US to adopt European-style privacy regulations; 90% of 9to5Mac readers in favor

The <i>WSJ</i> features an interesting debate on whether or not the US should follow Europe’s example in enacting tough privacy regulations requiring individual consent for storing and processing personal data …<p>Apple has already committed to rolling out the European privacy standard to its customers …

Privacy

How Much Money Facebook Gets From Selling Your Data

Mark Zuckerberg is making bank on your information.<p>While Facebook’s spokespeople did not reply to our inquiries, we will offer one clarification in their defense: They do not “sell off” data, technically. They sell a service to advertisers. Looking to peddle your hemp-rope macramé vests? Facebook …

Carnegie Mellon University

It’s time to rein in the data barons - MIT Technology Review

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress earlier this year to discuss how the now-defunct political-data company Cambridge Analytica acquired …

Pew Research Center

How the EU Is Implementing Its New Privacy Rules

Andrea Jelinek, the top enforcer of the General Data Protection Regulation, on targeted ads, investigations of tech companies and her own social-media use<p>The advertising business today is largely driven by people’s personal information. Data is the lifeblood of tech platforms, publishers, ad …

GDPR

Hands off my data! 15 more default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more.

It’s not just Google and Facebook that are spying on you.<p>Your TV, your cellphone provider and even your LinkedIn account have side hustles in your data. But, in many cases, you can opt out — if you know where to look.<p>I dug into a bunch of popular products and services you might not think of as data …

Privacy

Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative

As data-sharing scandals continue to mount, a new proposal in California offers a potential solution: the California Consumer Privacy Act would require companies to disclose the types of information they collect, like data used to target ads, and allow the public to opt out of having their …

Privacy

Facebook's Device Partners And How Nothing Has Changed Since Cambridge Analytica

Earlier this month the New York Times reported that Facebook had provided highly privileged access to the social network’s platform to more than 60 device makers to allow them to build their own “Facebook experiences” in the era prior to smartphone apps became popular and that this access continued …

Privacy

Facebook confirms to Congress it’s tracking everything it possibly can

If this were a <i>Friends</i> episode it would be titled <i>The one where Facebook tracking gets even creepier</i> because we simply didn’t see coming what’s about …

Privacy

Here Are 18 Things You Might Not Have Realized Facebook Tracks About You

Including: information about your online and offline actions and other devices on your Wi-Fi network.<p>When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he said he'd have his team follow up on questions he couldn't answer in full …

Apps

Apple bans cryptocurrency mining from its app stores

Cryptocurrency mining in apps has become such a big deal, Apple updated its app guidelines to make sure that developers don't sneak the function into any apps within the company's ecosystem. The update to the rules apparently occurred last week, possibly in response to popular Mac app Calendar 2 …

Apps

Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead. Here's What That Means for You.

Here's a rundown of the new rules and what they could mean for entrepreneurs.<p>5 min read<p>Almost 60 years after the day the music died, we can mark the day net neutrality kicked the bucket.<p>The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules, which mandated that internet …

Net Neutrality

Facebook! Stop sending us lobbyists! demands European Parliament

The European Parliament is sick and tired of Facebook refusing to properly answer its questions. After the fiasco of the Mark Zuckerberg show, a further two hearings are planned for June 25 in Brussels and July 2 in Strasbourg.<p>However despite a clear request for COO Sheryl Sandberg to join the …

Privacy

New EU data law forces firms to ban WhatsApp, Snapchat from phones

Citing data privacy concerns, German auto parts maker Continental has banned WhatsApp and Snapchat from company-issued mobile devices. Will a second …

Privacy

I want your (anonymized) social media data

Social media sites’ responses to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and new European privacy regulations have given users much more control …

Social Media

Investors Revolt Against Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's Annual Shareholder Meeting

'This American dream is now akin to a dictatorship,' said one Facebook investor.<p><b>Facebook investors were in open revolt against the company's governance structure at its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.</b>• <b><br>They said CEO Mark Zuckerberg risks running the firm like a "corporate dictatorship" and</b> …

Mark Zuckerberg

Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too

The time has come.<p>You’re probably sick of hearing about data and privacy by now–especially because, if you live in the United States, you might feel like there’s very little you can do to protect yourself from giant corporations feeding off your time, interests, and personal information.<p>So how do …

Privacy

You can successfully hack a $2B cryptocurrency network with only $1.5M

Blockchains may be secure by design, but researchers continue to show that the same is not true for the thousands of motley cryptocurrencies based on the technology.<p>Husam Abboud, a cryptocurrency researcher at FECAP University in Brazil, has demonstrated that it would take as little as $1.5 million …

Cryptocurrency

Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by …

Privacy

Alexa recorded a woman’s private conversation and sent it to a random contact

It’s every smart home speaker owner’s worst nightmare: a private message recorded and sent to a recipient without their knowledge. But that’s what happened to a Portland woman, who told CBS News affiliate Kiro-TV that her Amazon Echo recorded an audio clip of her conversation and sent it to a …

Smart Homes

EU is livestreaming Zuck’s hearing — reluctantly

The so-called Conference of Presidents is made up of the leaders of the political groups of the European Parliament led by Parliament President Antonio Tajani. Albrecht, and the chair of the Parliament’s civil liberties committee, (UK Labour MEP) Claude Moraes, are not part of this “select” group, …

Social Media

Steve Wozniak tells us: 'We've lost our privacy and it's been abused'

<b><br>Sabrina Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of Business Insider Deutschland:</b> You've always seemed to be less focused on profit and power and more focused on just creating amazing computers. In times of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, manipulated elections and cybersecurity threats: are you disappointed by …

Chinese officials are invading people's privacy by literally sleeping in their beds

Imagine government officials in your country all of the sudden move into your house for a week every other month. They sleep in your bed, sit and eat with you and your family, and report back to the government about it.<p>Since the beginning of 2018, this has been the reality in Xinjiang, China. The …

Facebook to UK parliament: No Zuckerberg for you

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the UK asked Mark Zuckerberg to appear before a parliamentary committee in order to address questions and concerns about user data privacy. The CEO declined in March and the company sent CTO Mike Schroepfer to testify instead. But the UK's Digital, …

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users' personal data.<p>A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed …

Google reportedly plans to end involvement with Project Maven

In April, more than 4,000 Google employees signed an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai wanting out of what they term “the business of war.” Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook suspends 200 apps in post-Cambridge Analytica clean-up

As the Cambridge Analytica scandal keeps creeping down on Facebook like a mudslide, the company has been trying to preemptively oust the other skeletons in its closet with app audits. Now it’s announced it may have snagged up to 200 more potentially problematic apps — and it won’t say what they are …

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over collection of texts and call logs

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over the revelations that it logged text messages and phone calls via its smartphone apps.<p>In the lawsuit filed in Facebook’s home of the northern district of California, the primary plaintiff, John Condelles III, states that the social network’s actions …

Privacy

Facebook vs. Google: Clash of the privacy infringers

We all love free products and hey, if we have to give up some information about ourselves in exchange for those products, that’s just the price of free, right? But then, once our information was compromised in the most recent Facebook data leaks, we were all up in arms. “How could you do this to …