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Facebook Promised A Clear History Tool. Where Is It?

Last May, Facebook promised to create a “Clear History” function it said would give users more control over their data. Nine months later it’s nowhere to be found and sources say it’s a key example of the company’s “reactionary” way of dealing with privacy concerns.

Full article: Former Facebook Employees Say The Company’s Prioritization Of Privacy Is About Optics

GDPR makes it easier to get your data, but doesn’t mean you’ll understand it

“Right of Access” says that, when requested, any company should be prepared to provide you with your personal data.

They should provide it in a way that’s easy for you to read, in a timely manner, and with enough background information for you to understand how they got it and how they use it. The problem is that companies can often be really stingy about actually providing this data.

Full article: GDPR makes it easier to get your data, but doesn’t mean you’ll understand it – The Verge

A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads

More than half of Facebook’s users are unhappy with the major thrust of the company’s business model—surveillance-based advertising. While Facebook gives you some control over what data it uses to show you ads, it does not give you any way to stop the data from being collected in the first place.

Though you might not know it, much of this data is visible to average users in the Ad Preferences page. In their post, EFF goes through each category of data to explain where it comes from and what it means.

Read post: A Guided Tour of the Data Facebook Uses to Target Ads | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Amazon is at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy

As more devices such as voice assistants, home security cameras, appliances and even doorbells come online, the trove of intimate data that technology companies hold is increasing exponentially. People are voluntarily bringing in devices that record their conversations, track their heart rates, and comings-and-goings — all of which produces more intimate and real-time potential evidence that law enforcement might want to help solve crimes.

Full article: The Cybersecurity 202: Amazon is now at the center of a debate over public safety versus privacy – The Washington Post

Microsoft to comply with the data localisation requests from all countries

Microsoft is committed to complying with the law of the land when it comes to data privacy and will honour data localisation requests from all countries, including India.

“We will have to comply with data laws of various countries. That is mandatory for us. We are already fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and will do the same with other countries’ data protection laws,” Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, told IANS.

As the tech companies demand data to flow freely, Johnson said in order to improve current security and intelligent systems against cybercriminals who are well funded, certain sets of data have to move freely among the countries.

Source: Microsoft to comply with the data localisation requests from all countries- Technology News, Firstpost

UK Court of Appeal reverses High Court decision on data subject access requests

In June 2018, in B v General Medical Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1497, a majority of the Court of Appeal reversed the earlier decision of the English High Court and permitted General Medical Council, as data controller, to disclose an expert medical report to a patient pursuant to a data subject access request.

Full article: UK Court of Appeal reverses High Court decision on data subject access requests

Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected

Apple on Wednesday rolled out an online tool to users in the United States and several other countries to download, change or delete all the data that the iPhone maker has collected on them. It also gives users a simpler way to make changes to the data, suspend their Apple account or even permanently delete it. Previously such tool was available to users in the European Union and was built in response to the region’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

Source: Apple gives U.S. users tool to see what data it has collected | Reuters

Microsoft calls for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data

While governments engage with their citizens and with each other to address the challenges we face in our digital age, it is more important than ever for policymakers to confront critical questions about how to protect privacy and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe. When and how should law enforcement be able to access digital evidence? What minimum legal requirements should apply to government demands? What rights and protections should be afforded to those whose data is disclosed? What should the public know about the number and nature of these investigatory demands?

Full article: A call for principle-based international agreements to govern law enforcement access to data – Microsoft on the Issues

Data portability: the hidden GDPR risk your business needs to cover

The right to data portability is one of the most fundamental, but also most contentious rights within the GDPR. Whilst we saw parallels between the Data Protection Act and GDPR, data portability was a brand new requirement for businesses.

Read article: Data portability: the hidden GDPR risk your business needs to cover

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