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Google Is Tracking Your Location—Even Without Your Permission, Report Says

Google is tracking your location—even if you wish it wouldn’t.<p>The Associated Press discovered that even after you turn off location tracking in …

Apps

How to find and delete where Google knows you've been

Even if "Location History" is off on your phone, Google often still stores your precise location .<p>Here are some things you can do to delete those markers and keep your location as private as possible. But there's no panacea, because simply connecting to the internet on any device flags an IP …

Maps

When Will Cities Begin To Monetize Their Residents' Data?

Today’s surveillance society has normalized the idea of the companies we do business with selling our most intimate and private data for profit, while myriad companies we’ve never even heard of buy, repackage and resell that data, making billions of dollars of profit on the private details of our …

Online Privacy

How To: Flood Your ISP with Random, Noisy Data to Protect Your Privacy on the Internet

Net neutrality is dead and your internet service providers can collect all the data they want. While VPNs are a great way to protect some of that …

White Hat

How Zuckerberg destroyed Facebook’s brand

The self-inflicted wounds that led to this week's historic stock sell off<p>When the news broke in March 2018 of how a data breach left Cambridge …

Cambridge Analytica

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

The Golden State’s sweeping new privacy bill that passed at the end of June came as a surprise to many.The California Consumer Privacy Act (AB 375) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

'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 …

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>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 awareness. It’s …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Department of Justice

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 …

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 …

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 …

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>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 service …

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 …

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 …