• Mar 16, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Last week, you could have been forgiven for thinking that privacy had finally arrived. Mark Zuckerberg published a 3000-word essay entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“, and wrote: As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Privacy gives … Continue reading “Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you”

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  • Feb 16, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Facebook may not collect or combine personal data using “forced consent”, says German competition authority

It would be an understatement to say that Facebook is under intense scrutiny at the moment. Mostly this has come from data protection authorities in the EU, using the GDPR as a means for challenging Facebook’s business practices. But the attack has just broadened, with Germany’s competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, issuing a ruling that strikes … Continue reading “Facebook may not collect or combine personal data using “forced consent”, says German competition authority”

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People and publishers start to turn against micro-targeted advertising and its harms to privacy

Privacy News Online has written a number of articles looking at the threat to privacy posed by the widespread use of micro-targeted ads. At the heart of the idea is that the more online sites and services know about their users, the more they can charge advertisers to reach them. To recoup these higher charges, … Continue reading “People and publishers start to turn against micro-targeted advertising and its harms to privacy”

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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

It will hardly be news to readers of this site that mobile apps are tracking us on a massive scale. And yet a story in the New York Times last month about how apps are routinely monitoring users and their geographical position seems to have shocked many. Indeed, Los Angeles prosecutors were moved by the … Continue reading “People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps”

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  • Dec 15, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it

Privacy News Online has published a number of stories about privacy problems with Facebook. But what the company’s top management really thinks about the personal information it holds – as opposed to its public statements that “Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us” – has been something of … Continue reading “Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it”

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  • Dec 4, 2018
  • Summer Hirst
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Social Media, Tutorials,

How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently and Temporarily

Facebook – a world where everyone is happy and successful and the pressure to show off your personal successes is just too overwhelming. But that’s not the only reason to leave it. If you’re privacy conscious, you might want to say goodbye to this virtual world because of the user data that it sells to … Continue reading “How to Delete Facebook Account Permanently and Temporarily”

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  • Oct 6, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard

It’s no secret that the current design of the World Wide Web has huge problems. This was shown most dramatically by the recent security breach at Facebook that saw 50 million accounts compromised. A key issue is the highly centralized nature of today’s Internet, with power – and our personal data – concentrated in just … Continue reading “Tim Berners-Lee unveils next step for Solid, a decentralized Web platform with privacy built-in as standard”

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  • Jul 21, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’

Facial recognition technology represents one of the most serious threats to privacy. That’s for two principal reasons. Perhaps the most important is that it is almost impossible to change our faces: serious plastic surgery apart, there are few effective techniques to disguise our bodily appearance. Masks may hide our features, but are too cumbersome – … Continue reading “Should Facial Recognition Technologies Be Regulated by the Government? Microsoft Says ‘Yes’”

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Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force back in May. One reason many people know about the GDPR is because they were bombarded with emails asking them to accept updated privacy policies as a result. Another is that some companies have required people to agree to new terms and conditions when they … Continue reading “Dark Patterns: How Tech Companies Use Interface Design to Undermine Online Privacy”

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Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force a few weeks ago.  As Rick Falkvinge noted in his post on the topic, its impact is potentially huge. The GDPR has already led to a flood of (annoying) emails from companies eager to tell us about their updated privacy policy, and the blocking of EU … Continue reading “Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?”

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