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Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data

Social media network Facebook has filed two lawsuits this week against the operators of two websites that abused its platforms to sell Instagram likes and harvest passwords and information on Facebook users, respectively.

The lawsuits are just the latest in a long series of litigations the company has filed over the past one year and a half.

Source: Facebook sues websites that sold Instagram likes and scraped Facebook user data | ZDNet

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google will no longer save a complete record of every search made by new users, the company says, as it launches a push to promote its privacy credentials against concerted competition from arch-rival Apple.

The company will now automatically delete its saved records of a new user’s activity on the web and in its apps after 18 months. Previously, such information had been kept indefinitely by default, which the company argued was necessary to personalise its services for individual users.

Source: Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search | Google | The Guardian

Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield

The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.

“We don’t have one plan, but we have some ideas about the different ways to give an answer, following the scope of the decision of the court,” he added, keeping his cards close to his chest, however, on the specifics of how the Commission would react to a legal invalidation of the Privacy Shield.

Source: Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield  – EURACTIV.com

Microsoft develops new differential privacy platform

Microsoft recently launched differential privacy platform, which injects a small amount of statistical “noise” to large data sets to protect individual privacy without materially impacting the accuracy of the data.

The differential privacy platform and its algorithms are now available on GitHub for developers, researchers, academics and companies worldwide to use for testing, building and support. We welcome and look forward to the feedback in response to this historic project.

Source: New differential privacy platform co-developed with Harvard’s OpenDP unlocks data while safeguarding privacy – Microsoft on the Issues

Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

The European Data Protection Board warned that Clearview AI’s technology is likely to be illegal in Europe.

Clearview AI’s software allows organizations to match pictures of people’s faces to a database containing more than 3 billion images that have been taken from social media platforms and other websites.

Source: Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns

Apple said this week that it declined to implement 16 new web technologies (Web APIs) in Safari because they posed a threat to user privacy by opening new avenues for user fingerprinting.

Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Source: Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns | ZDNet

Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit

Tiktok has said it will be moving ownership of its users’ data in Europe to local subsidiaries, in a boost to its British arm as it prepares for Brexit.

The social media app’s US parent Tiktok Inc will no longer manage and safeguard data for users based in the UK and the European Union. Instead, from 29 July, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons.

Source: Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit – CityAM : CityAM

São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy

A new surveillance system is deemed “inefficient and dangerous” as it fails to protect the personal information of 4 million daily users, associations say.

The current legacy system includes an estate of non-integrated 2200 cameras that will be replaced by 5200 digital high-definition cameras controlled centrally. But the company responsible for the operation of São Paulo’s subway system has failed to demonstrate sufficient evidence that it is ensuring the protection of user privacy in the implementation of a new platform that will use facial recognition technology.

Source: São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy | ZDNet

Israel introduces new contact-tracing bill

Throughout the COVID-19 global outbreak, Israel has taken a unique approach for fighting the pandemic.

While other countries have developed and implemented new technologies for contact tracing, Israel preferred using a covert technology, operated by the General Secret Service for anti-terror purposes.

Source: Israel introduces new contact-tracing bill

TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO

TikTok has claimed that the Chinese government has never requested for user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.

TikTok has sought to distance itself from Beijing after it was banned in India earlier this week. In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th, the company’s CEO, Kevin Mayer, said that the Chinese government has never asked for data of Indian users. He further claimed that the company wouldn’t comply with such an order even if Beijing asks for it.

Source: TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO | Beebom

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