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Data and privacy could be competition concerns

The Justice Department’s top antitrust official warned tech giants on Friday that amassing vast quantities of consumers’ data could create competition concerns in the eyes of federal regulators, marking the U.S. government’s latest shot across the bow at Silicon Valley and its size.

Makan Delrahim, the chief of the department’s antitrust division, said people’s private information had become the lucrative “oil” for the digital age — and its misuse could threaten to harm consumers and corporate competitors.

While Delrahim did not mention any specific company by name, the comments could have vast implications at a moment when the agency is investigating tech giants including Google.

Source: DOJ issues new warning to big tech: Data and privacy could be competition concerns – The Washington Post

Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

A cache of leaked Facebook documents of approximately 7,000 pages shows how the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip.

Taken together, they show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook users’ data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over the companies it partnered with. In some cases, Facebook would reward partners by giving them preferential access to certain types of user data while denying the same access to rival companies.

Source: Leaked documents show Facebook leveraged user data to fight rivals and help friends

Tech and mobile companies want to monetise your data … but are scared of GDPR 

The vast majority of technology, media and telecom (TMT) companies want to monetise customer data, but are concerned about regulations such as Europe’s GDPR, according to research from law firm Simmons & Simmons.

It found that 78 per cent of companies have some form of data commercialisation in place but only 20 per cent have an overarching plan for its use.

Survey also revealed that 53 per cent of TMT companies think they need to improve their understanding of data privacy regulation. Meanwhile, just 31 per cent of respondents said they had updated their communication to customers on data collection and use in the last two years – despite a number offering financial incentives and offering a more personalised service to incentivise data sharing.

Source: Tech and mobile companies want to monetise your data … but are scared of GDPR • The Register

Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature

Facebook has introduced a new privacy feature called the “Off-Facebook Activity” intended to provide you with a tool to control your Off-Facebook activity tracking.

The new privacy feature will allow you to view the websites and apps that send your data about your online activity to Facebook. It will allow you to monitor your off-Facebook tracking activities through enabling you to see the specific businesses and what data they can access about you. It will also let you clear your online activity history. Facebook intends to roll out this feature in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain first and later to every Facebook user.

Full article: Facebook’s New “Off-Facebook Activity” Feature: What’s New and Why Should You Care?

Tech firms know more about us than any spy agency says ex-GCHQ chief

Big internet firms know more about the lives of private individuals than any intelligence agency ever has and that is a dangerous threat to democracy, the former head of the spy agency GCHQ has said.

“The big revelation over the last couple of years has been not about government intelligence agencies, it’s been about the private sector. It is about the internet companies knowing more about me, you, everyone in the hall than any intelligence agency ever could or should know about us.”

Source: Tech firms know more about us than any spy agency – ex-GCHQ chief | UK news | The Guardian

Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang published his latest policy proposal: to treat data as a property right. Announcing the proposal on his website, Yang lamented how our data is collected, used, and abused by companies, often with little awareness or consent from us.

“This needs to stop,” Yang says. “Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.”

Full article: Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal pro

EU and US work on electronic evidence agreement

European Commission and U.S. Department of Justice officials met on September 25 to begin formal negotiations on an EU-U.S. agreement to facilitate access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.

There was agreement to regular negotiating rounds with the view to concluding an agreement as quickly as possible. Progress will be reviewed at the next EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in December.

Source: European Commission – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Criminal justice: Joint statement on the launch of EU-U.S. negotiations to facilitate access to electronic evidence

Pre-Checked Cookie Consent Invalid, EU Court Rules

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) this morning ruled that storing cookies requires internet users’ active consent.

It’s not good enough, says the CJEU, to present users with a pre-checked box and require them to click it to opt out. That consent must be specific, and that users should be informed how long cookies will be stored for and used, and whether or not third parties will have access to them.

That decision is unaffected by whether or not the information stored or accessed on the user’s equipment is personal data.

Source: Pre-Checked Cookie Consent Invalid, EU Court Rules

France plans to scan social media for tax fraud

France ’s data protection watchdog has urged caution over plans to allow authorities to monitor individuals’ social media posts and purchasing activity on websites such as eBay in order to identify those committing tax fraud.

The French parliament is to debate proposals for a three-year trial during which the tax office’s computer system would collect information on peoples’ lifestyles from social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and also monitor their activity on sites such as eBay and the French site Le Bon Coin.

Source: French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm

Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

Europe’s top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally.

It means that firm only needs to remove references to articles and other material from its search results in Europe – and not elsewhere – after receiving an appropriate request.

The ruling stems from a dispute between Google and a French privacy regulator.

Source: Google wins landmark right to be forgotten case

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