We’re in the Uncanny Valley of Targeted Advertising

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, thinks people want targeted advertising. The “overwhelming feedback,” he said multiple times during his congressional testimony, was that people want to see “good and relevant” ads.

Why then are so many Facebook users, including leaders of state in the U.S. Senate and House , so fed up and creeped out by the uncannily on-the-nose ads?

Source: We’re in the Uncanny Valley of Targeted Advertising

Belgian Privacy Commission Issues Recommendation on Data Protection Impact Assessment

The Belgian Privacy Commission (recently released a Recommendation (in French and Dutch) on Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”) and the prior consultation requirements under Articles 35 and 36 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

The Recommendation aims to provide guidance on the core elements and requirements of a DPIA, the different actors involved and specific provisions.

Source: Belgian Privacy Commission Issues Recommendation on Data Protection Impact Assessment

B.C. Court Leaves Google Global Takedown Order Intact Pending Full Trial

A British Columbia court has denied Google’s request to vary an injunction requiring it to remove search results from its global index, concluding that a U.S. ruling that did not demonstrate that the removal would result in a violation of U.S. law.

Source: B.C. Court Leaves Google Global Takedown Order Intact Pending Full Trial

Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR

The company says that despite the timing of the move, all users will have the same data privacy protections.

Facebook will change the way it administers its terms of service (TOS) for 1.5 million users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, the company confirmed today. Though users in those territories previously agreed to TOS dictated by the company’s corporate entity in the EU nation of Ireland, now they must legally agree to be bound by the US-based corporation’s terms.

Source: Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR – MarTech Today

No boundaries for Facebook data: third-party trackers abuse Facebook Login

So far in the No boundaries series, we’ve uncovered how web trackers exfiltrate identifying information from web pages, browser password managers, and form inputs .

Today we report yet another type of surreptitious data collection by third-party scripts that we discovered: the exfiltration of personal identifiers from websites through “login with Facebook” and other such social login APIs.

Source: No boundaries for Facebook data: third-party trackers abuse Facebook Login

Assessing the European Commission’s E-Evidence Proposals on Ten Human Rights Criteria

Earlier this week, CDT issued a list of 10 human rights criteria the the E-Evidence Directive and Regulation should meet. With the draft text of both now published, we have assessed each against the criteria.

Source: Assessing the European Commission’s E-Evidence Proposals on Ten Human Rights Criteria

A Tale of Two Poorly Designed Cross-Border Data Access Regimes

On Tuesday, the European Commission published two legislative proposals that could further cement an unfortunate trend towards privacy erosion in cross-border state investigati­ons.

Building on a foundation first established by the recently enacted U.S. CLOUD Act , these proposals compel tech companies and service providers to ignore critical privacy obligations in order to facilitate easy access when facing data requests from foreign governments.

Source: A Tale of Two Poorly Designed Cross-Border Data Access Regimes

NIST releases latest version of its Cybersecurity Framework

On April 16, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) unveiled Version 1.1 of its widely known Cybersecurity Framework, which incorporates changes based on feedback collected through comments, questions, and workshops held in 2016 and 2017.

The Cybersecurity Framework aims to focus on industries vital to national and economic security, including energy, banking, communications, and defense, and provides a universal structure that can be tailored to varied methods of cybersecurity by compiling effective standards, guidelines, and practices into one framework.

Source: NIST releases latest version of its Cybersecurity Framework

Chile’s Data protection bill “of great significance” approved for consideration

The Senate voted, on 3 April 2018, to approve for consideration a bill to regulate the protection and processing of personal data and create a data protection authority (‘the Bill’), which had been introduced by the former President, Michelle Bachelet, in March 2017.

The Bill is of great significance, because never before had there been a general agreement between the Government and Congress to create a specialised authority for the protection of personal data.

Source: Chile: Data protection bill “of great significance” approved for consideration

The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything at All

For years, Facebook has left a privacy setting on its site that addresses a problem that no longer exists.

But the fact that Facebook never bothered to update that critical corner of its privacy settings, years after those changes went into effect, is downright baffling—and speaks to a general a lack of seriousness in the company’s attitude toward data transparency.

Source: The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything at All | WIRED

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