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Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. In response, Apple has revoked Facebook’s ability to publish certain apps, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for both companies.

Facebook has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy regulations to publish the iPhone app, which provided it with data it used to keep ahead of youth trends.

Source: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Google faces another GDPR probe

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (Datainspektionen) announced the investigation earlier this week.

The probe is the result of a complaint submitted in November by the Swedish Consumer Association (Sveriges Konsumenter) that is based on a report from the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) about Google’s use of dark patterns – which are user interface design choices that attempt to trick users into doing things they may not want to do.

That report criticised the “overwhelming amount of granular choices” on Google’s privacy dashboard, and the pop-ups trying to dissuade users from turning off (or, as Google says, “pausing”) location data.

Source: Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture

Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

A new report found that a dozen connected devices are open to several security and privacy issues.

Researchers said they specifically analyzed devices’ privacy policy to understand where data is being shared; monitored traffic and communication patterns; collected full packet data for manual reviews of communications; and performed analyses of devices’ complementary Android applications.

Full article: Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

2019: when personal data isn’t personal anymore

Government privacy regulations and calls for better self-governance of data collection by companies today all revolve around the concept of “personal data.” But defining what “personal data” is exactly will be a major issue in the battle around consumer privacy.

Full article: 2019: when personal data isn’t personal anymore | The Drum

Austria’s Post Office under fire over data sharing

Austria’s national post office found itself under fire Tuesday for collecting and selling information about customers’ political allegiances in what privacy campaigners say bears similarities to the Facebook data-sharing scandal.

According to the investigative journalism website Addendum, the Austrian Post sold the names, addresses, age and gender of around three million customers to other companies for targeted marketing purposes.

Source: Austria’s Post Office under fire over data sharing

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

EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections

The European Parliament and EU countries agreed, Wednesday, on new election rules according to which European party found to have misused personal data to influence voter behavior can be fined.

In the wake of a global outrage over Cambridge Analytica’s illegal harvesting of data on some 87 million Facebook users, the rules aim to stop EU political groups from using data to influence voter behavior in the upcoming European Parliament election.

Full article: EU agrees to fine parties for data misuse in elections – POLITICO

Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

Whether the response to this latest viral meme is a change of direction or a bump in the road, it’s too early to tell. But it’s definitely an awakening of sorts. For the first time, Big Tech might not have its hands so firmly on the steering wheel. The thing is, though, no-one else does either.

Full article: Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance

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