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A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good A posthumous manifesto by Giovanni Buttarelli, who until his death this summer was Europe’s chief data protection regulator, seeks to join the dots of surveillance capitalism’s rapacious colonization of human spaces, via increasingly pervasive and intrusive mapping and modelling […]

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California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation

California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra has accused Facebook of “continuing to drag its feet” by failing to provide documents to the state’s investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The attorney general said in a court filing Wednesday that Facebook had provided […]

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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now

California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with […]

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Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government

Elizabeth Warren bites back at Zuckerberg’s leaked threat to K.O. the government Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has responded publicly to a leaked attack on her by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying she won’t be bullied out of taking big tech to task for anticompetitive practices. I’m not afraid to hold Big […]

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Google launches an open-source version of its differential privacy library

Google launches an open-source version of its differential privacy library Google today released an open-source version of the differential privacy library it uses to power some of its own core products. Developers will be able to take this library and build their own tools that can work with aggregate data without revealing […]

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Apple still has work to do on privacy

Apple still has work to do on privacy There’s no doubt that Apple’s self-polished reputation for privacy and security has taken a bit of a battering recently. On the security front, Google researchers just disclosed a major flaw in the iPhone, finding a number of malicious websites that could hack into a […]

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Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened. Dan […]

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Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn

Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn Privacy commissioners from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australasia have put their names to a joint statement raising concerns about a lack of clarity from Facebook over how data protection safeguards will be baked into its planned cryptocurrency project, Libra. […]

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Don’t miss this epic Twitter fight between the IAB’s CEO and actual publishers

Don’t miss this epic Twitter fight between the IAB’s CEO and actual publishers Grab popcorn. As Internet fights go this one deserves your full attention — because the fight is over your attention. Your eyeballs and the creepy ads that trade data on you to try to swivel ’em. In the blue […]

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Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks

Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks A German privacy watchdog has ordered Google to cease manual reviews of audio snippets generated by its voice AI.  This follows a leak last month of scores of audio snippets from the Google Assistant service. A contractor working as […]

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