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FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning to step up its efforts to monitor social media platforms more aggressively in order to detect potential threats.

The law enforcement agency is said to be seeking technological solutions from third-party contractors that would make it possible to harvest publicly-available information en masse from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

Source: FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats

Recent reports show that Ring has partnered with police departments across the country to hawk this new surveillance system—going so far as to draft press statements and social media posts for police to promote Ring cameras.

This creates a vicious cycle in which police promote the adoption of Ring, Ring terrifies people into thinking their homes are in danger, and then Amazon sells more cameras.

Source: Amazon’s Ring Is a Perfect Storm of Privacy Threats | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Most EU cookie ‘consent’ notices are meaningless or manipulative

New research into how European consumers interact with the cookie consent mechanisms which have proliferated since a major update to the bloc’s online privacy rules last year casts an unflattering light on widespread manipulation of a system that’s supposed to protect consumer rights.

The study, which looked at how consumers interact with different designs of cookie pop-ups and how various design choices can nudge and influence people’s privacy choices, also suggests consumers are suffering a degree of confusion about how cookies function, as well as being generally mistrustful of the term ‘cookie’ itself.

The researchers conclude that if consent to drop cookies was being collected in a way that’s compliant with the EU’s existing privacy laws only a tiny fraction of consumers would agree to be tracked.

Source: Most EU cookie ‘consent’ notices are meaningless or manipulative, study finds | TechCrunch

Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes

In an attempt to convince its two billion users that it truly cares about their privacy, Facebook is opening a number of pop-up privacy check-up cafes.

At the five Facebook cafes, visitors will get free drinks and a tutorial on how to customize their privacy settings — something you’d normally have to pay people to do in their spare time.

Source: Facebook is Opening Privacy Check-Up Cafes, for Some Reason

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies

A U.S. senator Wyden is giving the four telecommunications companies until Sept. 4 to outline how they plan to better protect customer data privacy.

Wyden said that current rules that are in place that surround data retention are not enough, and that the telecom companies have been able to skirt them. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires carriers to keep records of toll calls for 18 months, for instance – but Wyden alleges that firms retain records “for much longer.”

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Blasted For Data Privacy Policies | Threatpost

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Grindr, Romeo, Recon and 3fun were found to expose users’ exact locations, just by knowing a user name. Four popular dating apps that together can claim 10 million users have been found to leak precise locations of their members.

“By simply knowing a person’s username we can track them from home, to work,” explained Alex Lomas, researcher at Pen Test Partners, in a blog on Sunday. “We can find out where they socialize and hang out. And in near real-time.”

Source: 4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data | Threatpost

Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram data scraping

The Irish Data Protection Commission, a key EU data regulator, wants to know whether EU subjects were affected by the Instagram data scraping.

Marketing firm Hyp3r has been scraping millions of users’ public data from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app — tracking people’s locations, saving their Stories posts (which are supposed to disappear after 24 hours), and gathering other information about them.

Source: Irish Data Protection Commission looking at Instagram, hyp3r data scraping – Business Insider

IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

IAB Europe refuses to answer questions from Irish Data Protection Commission arising from formal GDPR complaint by Brave’s Dr Ryan against IAB Europe’s “forced consent” and consent walls.

The Irish Data Protection Commission informed Dr Johnny Ryan of Brave, the private web browser, that IAB Europe has ignored its questions concerning his GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s unlawful cookie wall.

Source: IAB Europe refuses to answer Irish Data Protection Commission

DSAR test reveals huge data breach potential

A phoney data subject access request (DSAR) made by a woman’s partner to companies in the UK and the US prompted a return of personal data from 25% of the firms contacted.

The security specialist making the request leveraged the terms of the GDPR to make his claim. He got in touch with dozens of companies on both sides of the Atlantic, stating in each case that he wanted information held on his fiancée. One of the data returns held his fiancée’s criminal record check.

Source: DSAR test reveals huge data breach potential

Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users

Instagram allowed a trusted advertising partner to harvest huge swathes of user data to create detailed files on account holders’ physical locations and personal bios, news reports reveal.

The information was put together by Hyp3r, in contradiction of Instagram rules and without the popular photo-imagery app’s knowledge. This week, Facebook-owned Instagram instructed Hyp3r to stop the practice, confirming that it was in violation of data privacy rules.

Source: Instagram data privacy enabled location tracking of millions of users – PrivSec Report

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