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Why Teens Need Privacy Online

Parents have nosed around in their kids’ lives ever since the invention of the telephone, but these days, technology has taken the spying game to an entirely new level with multiple points of entry, from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram, Vine and Tumblr. While communicating via social media has made it easier for kids to stay connected with their friends, these largely public forums (and traceable activities) also give parents a new in to what their children may not be telling them.

Source: Why Teens Need Privacy Online | Psychology Today

How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think

Facebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look “under the bonnet” at the tech giant’s algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company.

Source: How Facebook’s tentacles reach further than you think – BBC News

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency.

Source: Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms | Reuters

Facebook faces fines, investigations in EU

One day after Italy’s antitrust regulators announced Facebook has been fined 3 million euros for putting an “excessive emphasis” on the need to agree with new data-sharing terms and conditions following its acquisition of WhatsApp, privacy regulators from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, and Germany have announced further enforcement actions and investigations.

Source: Facebook faces fines, investigations in EU

Facebook Gets Fined By 2 European Privacy Regulators

On Tuesday Dutch and French data protection authorities issued fines to Facebook saying that its data handling practices broke their countries’ privacy rules. Authorities said Facebook had not provided users with sufficient control over how their details are used.

Sanctions are part of a growing pushback across the European Union about how Facebook collects data on EU’s residents.

Source: Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators – The New York Times

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

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