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

Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy

Last month, Privacy News Online looked at a 3000-word essay entitled “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking“, written by Mark Zuckerberg. It’s a measure of the political pressure that Facebook finds itself under that Zuckerberg has published another big “thought piece”, where he is obviously trying to steer public discussions to his company’s advantage. This … Continue reading “Zuck’s back, calling for “new rules” for the Internet, which will entrench Facebook’s power, but do nothing for privacy”

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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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  • Feb 2, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Google hit with first big GDPR fine over “forced consent”; eight new complaints filed over “right to access”

Last June Privacy News Online wrote about complaints filed just six minutes after the EU’s tough privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), started to be enforced. They were brought by a new organization defending privacy rights, “None of your business” (NOYB), headed up by the Austrian lawyer Max Schrems. Four similar complaints were … Continue reading “Google hit with first big GDPR fine over “forced consent”; eight new complaints filed over “right to access””

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  • Jan 19, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for privacy

The idea of deep fakes – AI-assisted fake videos – first entered the mainstream around a year ago. After an initial burst of interest, people stopped searching for the term, although the technology behind the idea certainly hasn’t gone away. A couple of weeks ago, a video was circulating that appeared to show President Trump … Continue reading “Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for 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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Privacy as a Right

The first comment in response to Privacy is Personal was this tweet by @raouf777: It is also a fundamental right, not a privilege to be bestowed on anyone. The individual should have the right to determine the extent of his privacy. I agree with @raouff777’s points, which almost go without saying. Because, well, of course privacy is a … Continue reading “Privacy as a Right”

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

How to Be Forgotten If You Are in the EU

When something goes up on the internet, it’s almost permanent. Your data lies with so many people –your clients, partners, and other parties. Even when you stop taking services from someone, your data still stays with them. If you’ve done something embarrassing in the past, it can linger on with you forever. Especially, if you’ve … Continue reading “How to Be Forgotten If You Are in the EU”

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Privacy is Personal

You can’t get more private than I am right now: in a locked room, alone, unconnected to anything. Privacy is personal. It’s not a service provided by somebody else. It’s not an agreement with a “provider,” or with anyone. And it won’t be until someone knocks on my door. The room, the door and its … Continue reading “Privacy is Personal”

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  • Sep 29, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Call for wide-ranging GDPR investigation into online ads, which could kill today’s real-time bidding system

Privacy News Online recently wrote about how the widely-used real-time bidding (RTB) system for online ads causes personal data to be spread widely among potential advertisers. We noted that one key proposal of the ePrivacy regulation, currently working its way through the EU legislative process, is to make it easy for people to opt out … Continue reading “Call for wide-ranging GDPR investigation into online ads, which could kill today’s real-time bidding system”

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