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U.S. judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile data

By | SAN FRANCISCO<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a …

United States

LinkedIn loses legal right to protect user data from AI scraping

A Judge today ruled that an analytics company has the right to scrape data from LinkedIn (LI). HiQ, the data gatherer, has been processing publicly available data from LI and using it to train AI models, until May when LI demanded it stop.<p>Scraping is a data-gathering process that pulls relevant …

Privacy

UK citizens to get more rights over personal data under new laws

New legislation will give people right to force online traders and social media to delete personal data and will comply with EU data protection<p>People will get a new right to force social media companies and online traders to delete their personal data under laws to be brought forward by the …

Privacy

FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after outrage

FaceApp, the popular photo-filter application, said it is removing new "ethnicity filters" after angry users condemned the update as racist.<p>The feature prompted users to alter selfies with "black," "Indian" and "Asian" filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with …

Groep vrouwen dreigt met rechtszaak tegen Google om discriminatie | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Dat schrijft <i>The Guardian</i>. Advocaat James Finberg stelt dat zestig vrouwen die zich bij de zaak hebben aangesloten. Zij zeggen minder te verdienen dan …

Government to strengthen UK data protection law - GOV.UK

• Public to have greater control over personal data - including right to be forgotten<br>• New right to require social media platforms to delete information …

Privacy

UK's tough new 'right to be forgotten' legislation protects users by imposing huge fines

Britain’s data protection legislation could soon see its most significant overhaul in years, under proposals outlined by the current May government.<p>The biggest feature is that citizens will be able to ask online services to delete their data — particularly if it was posted when they were children. …

Privacy

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

How and to what extent the FCC should regulate internet access has been a hot question for years, and the present administration holds opposite views than the previous one, resulting in a proposal to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order. But Congress (or at least a few of its members) isn’t going …

Internet

Google starts testing Chrome's built-in ad blocker

Google is planning to introduce a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser next year. While Google has already warned publishers about the change, the ad blocker is now starting to show up in pre-release versions of the Chrome for Android app. <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that the ad blocker can be found in …

Google

The UK home secretary is wrong: 'real people' need end-to-end encryption

Today, Amber Rudd, the UK’s home secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye, published an op-ed in the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> newspaper that argued ‘real people’ don’t require end-to-end encryption, and terrorists are the only benefactors of the feature in WhatsApp.<p>Rudd acknowledges that encryption is a …

Encryption

Researchers Pull Plug on AI After It Invents Own Language

We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook have brought us just a …

Artificial Intelligence

Thales: Retail Data Breaches Remain Unacceptably High as GDPR Approaches

Two in five retailers across the globe have experienced a data breach in the past year, according to the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail …

Cybersecurity

Facebook, Twitter, Google warned over EU consumer rights

U.S. social media giants have been warned by Europe’s consumer rights commissioner that she’s running out of patience with their failure to comply with the region’s consumer protection standards.<p>“I am becoming very impatient,” said commissioner Věra Jourová, speaking at a press briefing today in …

Privacy

Hackers are targeting hotel Wi-Fi with particularly evil malware

Just because your hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, it doesn’t mean you have to take it. Hackers may be lurking, looking to compromise your computer, …

Wi-Fi

Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation<p>Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility. A new report from UK …

Sociology

Verizon partner data breach exposes millions of customer records

Accessed through an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server<p>Millions of Verizon customers have had their records exposed, <i>ZDNet</i> reported earlier today. Verizon confirmed that 6 million records were compromised by Nice Systems, a Verizon partner that facilitates customer service calls. The records, which …

Security

EU gets behind 'right to repair' to combat short product lifespans

The ever-shortening lifespan of our smart devices is getting ridiculous. Sometimes feels like products are specifically made to last just past their warranty. Organizations like GreenPeace have launched campaigns to fight planned obsolescence, and it seems that they might gain a powerful new ally: …

European Parliament

Google's next EU fine could be even bigger for Android violations

Google was hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine last month by the European Commission for breaking antitrust laws. The EU says Google demoted rivals and unfairly promoted its own services in search results related to shopping. While the fine is the largest antitrust judgement ever, an even …

Google

The US government wants Facebook users' private data (and doesn't want you to know about it)

Facebook is challenging a court order preventing it from telling users about secret US government requests for their private account information, …

Privacy

Facebook can track your browsing even after you've logged out, judge says

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ activity, saying responsibility was on plaintiffs to keep browsing history private<p>A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site.<p>The …

Privacy

Leaked Facebook docs explain why it protects white men, but not black children

“All white people are racist. Start from that reference point, or you’ve already failed,” read a Facebook post by Black Lives Matter activist Didi Delgado. The post earned her a temporary ban from the social network. “Racist,” according to Facebook, is a racial slur, and using it to refer to a …

Racism

Canada’s Supreme Court rules Google must block certain search results worldwide

The landmark ruling could have far-reaching implications<p>Canada’s Supreme Court upheld a British Columbia court ruling today that ordered Google to de-list entire domains and websites from its global search index.<p>The 7-2 landmark ruling stems from case <i>Google v. Equustek</i>, which began when BC-based …

Civil Rights

The U.S. is slowly submitting to the EU’s 2018 privacy law

Figure this one out: Just shy of 100 percent of U.S.-based privacy professionals believe the importance and complexity of managing privacy in their organizations is increasing.<p>Similar numbers (97 percent!) acknowledge they will increase their investment in managing privacy. Yet fully 61 percent of …

Privacy

Data of almost 200 million voters leaked online by GOP analytics firm

Personal information of almost 200 million registered U.S. voters was accidentally exposed online due to an improperly configured security setting, security firm UpGuard revealed on Monday.<p>The leaked information, compiled by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics and two other Republican …

Security

Facebook and Google are destroying bad online ads, which is great until they own the world

The world of online advertising remains split: there's the Wild West and then there's the corporate dystopia.<p>In the wild west, dozens of shadowy firms churn out annoying two-bit ads for a quick buck; fake news sites feed off ad exchanges not entirely unlike those that serve the country's paper of …

Advertising

Amazon's new dirt-cheap gadget is a Trojan horse built to beat Google and invade your home

• <b>Amazon has launched a new $20 gadget that comes with its AI assistant Alexa built in: The Dash Wand.</b>• <b><br>The company is in the early stages of an epic war with Google and Apple over the home, and the Dash Wand could give it the upper hand.</b><p>Amazon, Google, and Apple are in the early stages of an epic war …

Amazon

Google will have to change how it operates in Europe

The EU will stick Google with a billion euro fine over how it prioritizes Google Shopping.<p>European regulators are expected to hit Google with a minimum one billion euro fine this summer for anti-competitive practices — which means Google will have to alter its business practices in Europe.<p>The …

Google

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Internet

Why you should protect your child's online privacy

If you don't want to have the bejesus scared out of you, don't talk to an expert on kids' online privacy. If you knew what was really out there -- online predators, identity thieves, data miners -- you'd lock up the internet and throw away the key.<p>The truth is, an ounce of prevention is worth a …

Privacy

Major identity manager breach exposes sensitive user info

Identity and password management services are, in theory, supposed to improve your security by promoting tough-to-guess passwords and otherwise keeping logins under lock and key. However, the concentration of high-value data also makes them a juicy target for hackers -- and OneLogin is finding that …