How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

“It’s changing the balance of power from the giant digital marketing companies to focus on the needs of individuals and democratic society,” said Jeffrey Chester, founder of the Center for Digital Democracy. “That’s an incredible breakthrough.”

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Facebook to start asking permission for facial recognition in GDPR push

Users will be asked to review information about targeted advertising but some say opting out is deliberately difficult

Facebook has started to seek explicit consent from users for targeted advertising, storage of sensitive information, and – for the first time in the EU – application of facial recognition technology as the European general data protection regulation is due to come into force in just over a month.

Although the company is only required to seek the new permissions in the European Union, it plans to roll them out to every Facebook user, no matter where they live. That follows chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s stated goal to apply the “spirit” of GDPR to worldwide.

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The Guardian view on Facebook’s business: a danger to democracy | Editorial

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The conceit of data mining firms is that they could win elections by moulding electorates based on new identities and value systems – a process accelerated by the echo chamber of social media Facebook sees itself as a commercial firm, Läs mer…

EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Plan to gather evidence of crime and terrorism ‘quickly and efficiently across borders’ The European commission is seeking to force technology companies wherever they are based in the EU to hand over emails, text messages and app communications of terror Läs mer…

Number of Facebook users whose data was compromised ‘far more than 87m’, MPs told

Former Cambridge Analytica employee gives evidence before parliamentary committee

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality quizzes designed to extract personal data from the social network, of which Aleksandr Kogan’s This Is Your Digital Life app was just one example.

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Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’

Lords report stresses need for artificial intelligence to be used for the common good

Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s findings, released on Monday in the report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?”

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Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in ‘advanced stages’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Government moves ahead with legislation despite criticism from the opposition The Australian government is pushing ahead with controversial legislation it says will create “back doors” into encrypted communication services – but still can’t say when it will introduce the Läs mer…

Instagram to let users download everything they have ever shared

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech New portability tool will allow users to extract copy of own content posted on social network Instagram has confirmed it will let users download their personal data, including previously shared photos, videos and messages, as it prepares for the Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing: five things we learned

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The CEO’s privacy is as vulnerable as ours, and the social network faces a regulation battle His data was sold to a malicious third party as well, he confirmed, in an answer to a question from the Democratic representative Läs mer…

Five questions Mark Zuckerberg should be asked by Congress

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech As embattled Facebook founder appears before Congress again, here is what should be put to him Zuckerberg made the rookie error of leaving out his notes, which an AP reporter promptly snapped. One section said: “Break up FB? US Läs mer…

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face class action lawsuit

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Lawyers in UK and US claim four firms allegedly misused personal data of more than 71m people British and US lawyers have launched a joint class action against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and two other companies for allegedly misusing the Läs mer…

Here’s how to check if Facebook shared your data with Cambridge Analytica

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech People who fear their information may have been used by Cambridge Analytica can go to a new help page Facebook has started the process of notifying the approximately 87 million users whose data was harvested by the election consultancy Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg refuses to step down or fire staff over Facebook ‘mistakes’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Founder says he takes full responsibility for data breaches and will not ‘throw anyone else under the bus’ Mark Zuckerberg has rejected calls for heads to roll at Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying that he takes full Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook ‘didn’t do enough’ – audio

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The Facebook chairman has used a conference call to tell reporters that his company ‘didn’t do enough’ to prevent companies like Cambridge Analytica abusing tools on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of the firm, accepts it Läs mer…

Facebook suspects 300,000 Australians had data shared with Cambridge Analytica

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Chief technology officer reveals 87 million users worldwide had data harvested Facebook has admitted that the data of more than 300,000 Australians might have been “improperly shared” with Cambridge Analytica. The social media giant’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, Läs mer…