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How the California data privacy law could cause shockwaves in the US

The passage of the strict data privacy bill in California shows that a change in how the US deals with data could be on the way.<p>The Golden State’s …

Privacy

Data shows people want serious long-form content — and brands need to take note

You probably noticed the recent video that asked people whether they heard “Yanny” or “Laurel.” It would have been hard not to. That tiny piece of audio drove more than 10 million views, inspired countless memes, created conflict between friends, and even re-surfaced the Greek composer Yanni for a …

Marketing

US lawmaker urge Facebook and Google to resist new Vietnamese cybersecurity laws- Technology News, Firstpost

Seventeen US lawmakers have urged the CEOs of <b>Facebook and Google</b> to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics …

Social Media

Airbnb faces pressure from EU regulators to be more transparent about prices

Airbnb risks facing enforcement measures from the EU if it does not comply by August<p>Consumer regulators with the European Union have asked Airbnb to alter how it displays prices and the wording of certain items in its terms of service, which the commission says are not transparent enough and do not …

European Union

California Just Passed A New Data Privacy Bill. Here's What It Means

<i>What are the implications of the new California data privacy bill passed on June 2018 on companies like Facebook, Google, and Quora? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Jeremy Arnold,</b> …

Online Privacy

‘It’s impossible’: Google has asked ad tech firms to guarantee broad GDPR consent, assume liability

Google has rankled publishers and ad tech firms with its General Data Protection Regulation compliance strategy. But a pledge the company has …

Advertising Industry

Ever dreamed of selling your data for cash? Dream on

“Personal data is the new oil of the internet and the new currency of the digital world.” Not my words, but words of Ms Kuneva, the European commissioner back in 2009. As much as the bureaucrats are removed from the real life, she was right then and even more right now.<p>Just look at the valuations …

Personal Data

More data-stealing bloatware found on cheap Android phones

• Apps pre-installed on phones sold in developing countries said to secretly collect user data.<br>• The apps have reportedly collected IMEI numbers, MAC addresses, and location data.<br>• The CEO of the company at the center of the report says his company hasn’t broken any data-collection laws.<p>Some cheap phones …

Wall Street

California just passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the country

California lawmakers passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the United States today, as they faced pressure from an even stronger ballot measure in the state.<p>The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is set to dramatically change how businesses handle data in the most populous state. …

Privacy

'Deceived by Design:' Google and Facebook Accused of Manipulating Users Into Giving Up Their Data

Facebook and Google introduced new privacy settings in order to comply with Europe’s sweeping new privacy law, the General Data Protection …

Privacy

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New Jersey

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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