Google now also tracks and collects your OFFLINE credit card purchases




A little-noticed article in the Consumerist dropped a bombshell: Google is now deliberately tracking your offline activity, your credit card purchases, in order to feed information back to advertisers about what ads had an effect on you – not just at the individual level, but even at the device level. It’s been said, that an … Continue reading “Google now also tracks and collects your OFFLINE credit card purchases”

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  • May 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Aadhaar: India’s billion-person biometric database is the world’s biggest privacy experiment




The use of social security numbers and biometric databases is not unusual these days, but there’s nothing else on the scale of what India is doing in this field. Its Aadhaar system – the name means ‘foundation’ in Hindi – aims to provide everyone in India with a randomly-generated, unique 12-digit number associated with their … Continue reading “Aadhaar: India’s billion-person biometric database is the world’s biggest privacy experiment”

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  • May 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Illinois Right to Know Act will protect the private information that internet companies collect on you




The Right to Know Act in Illinois is a proposed state level internet privacy law that would protect private information online – no matter the type of company it is stored with. Shortly after President Trump signed S.J.Res. 34 and ended federal rules protecting internet privacy, Illinois politicians reacted, introducing bills collectively known as the Right … Continue reading “Illinois Right to Know Act will protect the private information that internet companies collect on you”

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  • May 22, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Detailed medical records of 61 million Italian citizens to be given to IBM for its “cognitive computing” system Watson




Last year, Italy’s prime minister at the time, Matteo Renzi, announced that IBM would invest $150 million dollars building a new research center in Milan for its Watson Health division, which applies “cognitive computing” techniques to healthcare. As usual, much was made of what was presented as a big win for Italy and its citizens, … Continue reading “Detailed medical records of 61 million Italian citizens to be given to IBM for its “cognitive computing” system Watson”

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  • May 21, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

New Jersey is latest state to introduce internet privacy bill to protect your personally identifiable information




A New Jersey Democrat has submitted a new internet privacy bill (A-4800) to the New Jersey Assembly that would bring strong broadband privacy protections to the state. According to MediaPost, New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset introduced the legislation with input from former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) technologist Ed Felten. Zwicker … Continue reading “New Jersey is latest state to introduce internet privacy bill to protect your personally identifiable information”

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  • May 19, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Theresa May outlines Tory plan to create new, censored Internet controlled by UK government




Yesterday, during her speech describing the current Tory Manifesto, Theresa May revealed that she plans to build a “new Internet,” over which the government has complete control. The goal in the Tory internet plan is to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet.” The manifesto states: Some people … Continue reading “Theresa May outlines Tory plan to create new, censored Internet controlled by UK government”

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  • May 18, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches




Three EU countries – Belgium, France, and the Netherlands – have determined that Facebook is breaking their privacy laws, while Germany and Spain are still investigating the US company. The news was announced in a joint statement from the Contact Group of the data protection authorities (DPAs) of the Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and … Continue reading “Facebook hit with fines and investigations in six EU countries over privacy law breaches”

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It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently




The head of the Hamburg Institute for Legal Medicine, Klaus Püschel, has called for the DNA of everybody in Germany – including tourists – to be collected and stored. As a story in the German news magazine Der Spiegel (Google Translate version) reported, Püschel wants this because: “Then we can clear up crimes much faster … Continue reading “It’s coming: another call for everyone’s DNA to be collected and stored permanently”

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  • May 16, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Independents, Republicans, and Democrats come together to propose internet privacy bill in Maine




Independents, Republicans, and Democrats in the Maine Senate have come together to propose a bill that would protect internet privacy at the state level. The bill, LD 1610, is formally called: “An Act To Protect Privacy of Online Customer Personal Information.” Unlike some other proposed laws such as the “Restoring Internet Freedom Act,” this bill … Continue reading “Independents, Republicans, and Democrats come together to propose internet privacy bill in Maine”

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  • May 13, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Nevada is looking to protect citizens’ internet privacy from both ISPs and big internet companies




New legislation in Nevada will require internet service providers (ISPs) and commercial websites to inform customers on what private, sensitive information they collect and what third parties have access to it. The new bill (SB 538) was introduced last Thursday by Nevada’s Senate Majority leader Aaron Ford and cosponsored by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson as an emergency request. … Continue reading “Nevada is looking to protect citizens’ internet privacy from both ISPs and big internet companies”

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