Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

Privacy concerns rise as Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch

Facebook Dating, which was previously piloted in Colombia, operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook Dating’s Canadian roll-out comes as the technology giant is embroiled in privacy concerns following a series of data breaches.

Some experts said the dating offering will raise privacy concerns of its own and is unlikely to assuage worries about the platform – even if Zuckerberg previously claimed “we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.”

Full article: Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch, but privacy concerns abound | CTV News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders

Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders.

Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

Full article: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gets Reputation Hit After Data Blunders | Fortune

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Source: Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips | Technology | The Guardian

Marketers Push Agencies to Shoulder More Liability for Data Breaches

New data privacy rules are pushing marketers to unload millions of dollars in liability on the agencies that help them buy their media, forcing the shops to take on new levels of financial risks.

The focus on data privacy has heated up following the arrival of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which in many cases requires publishers and advertisers to obtain consumers’ explicit consent before using their information to tailor advertisements.

Full article: Marketers Push Agencies to Shoulder More Liability for Data Breaches – WSJ

CNIL Publishes DPIA Guidelines and List of Processing Operations Subject To DPIA

On November 6, 2018, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) published its own guidelines on data protection impact assessments (the “Guidelines”) and a list of processing operations that require a data protection impact assessment (“DPIA”).

Source: CNIL Publishes DPIA Guidelines and List of Processing Operations Subject To DPIA

Third-Party Vendor Management Means Managing Your Own Risk

When considering the termination of a vendor relationship, you must consider the vendor, the contract and the business impact. Although this article is aimed at the privacy considerations in terminating a vendor relationship, there are other considerations within a general business frame.

Full article: Third-Party Vendor Management Means Managing Your Own Risk: Chapter Nine

Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers

Perceptual ad blockers will come out on the losing side in the war against internet advertisers and expose users to a host of new attack vectors in the process, the researchers warned. According to new research an AI was able to defeat perceptual ad blockers.

Source: Researchers Defeat Most Powerful Ad Blockers, Declare a ‘New Arms Race’ – Motherboard

Intel launches online portal for consultation on its US federal privacy law

Intel has now become the latest entity to throw its proposal into the ring. The tech company has released a draft bill for a federal law it hopes would regulate consumer privacy without impacting innovation. Intel did not just release a draft bill, however, but also an online portal where, until Nov. 19, privacy professionals and the public can discuss the merits of the proposed rules and where improvements could be made.

Full article: Intel launches online portal for consultation on its US federal privacy law

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