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Twitter and Reddit challenges requirement for US visa applicants to declare their online handles

Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department’s policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles.

The State Department policy was introduced in 2017 and was criticized at the time as a deterrent to free speech. An estimated 14.7m people apply for a US visa from abroad each year.

The US government has attempted to justify its social media screening as a security measure. But a 2017 report from the DHS Inspector General found that pilot programs to gather social media accounts failed to establish the data had value to identify security threats.

Source: Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam • The Register

Court Tells Grandma To Delete Photos Of Grandkids On Facebook For Violating The GDPR

Dutch court has said that a grandmother must delete photos of her grandkids that she posted to Facebook and Pinterest, because it violates the GDPR.

A mother of three underage children (plaintiff) filed a claim in the Court to cease the posting of her children’s photos by their grandmother (defendant) on social media. The plaintiff argued that the defendant had not obtained a consent from her or her ex-partner – the legal representatives of one of the children concerned.

Source: Court Tells Grandma To Delete Photos Of Grandkids On Facebook For Violating The GDPR | Above the Law

Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

EASO lacks a legal basis for collecting personal data on social media, the EU’s data protection supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski said in a recent letter. He imposed a temporary ban on the project.

Source: Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s policy on collecting foreigners’ social media accounts

Free-speech advocates say in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the policy violates federal law and runs afoul of the Constitution.

The requirement — implemented as part of the president’s controversial crackdown on immigration — amounts to an illegal surveillance dragnet that threatens to chill political expression online, according to a group of documentary filmmakers, who filed their case with the backing of two advocacy groups, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Knight First Amendment Institute.

Source: Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s policy on collecting foreigners’ social media accounts – The Washington Post

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

Build an Online Presence Without Giving Up Privacy

Every social network might as well be LinkedIn.

Every hiring manager will do a Google search on your name, most companies keep an eye on your social networks, and in several industries, you’re expected to have an online presence. With all this online performance, is it possible to retain some semblance of privacy?

Source: Opinion | Build an Online Presence Without Giving Up Privacy – The New York Times

FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning to step up its efforts to monitor social media platforms more aggressively in order to detect potential threats.

The law enforcement agency is said to be seeking technological solutions from third-party contractors that would make it possible to harvest publicly-available information en masse from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

Source: FBI proposal outlines plans for large-scale collection of social media data

Even if you’re off social media, your friends could be ruining your privacy

Social networks could use friends to predict what a person would post, researchers find.

A new study from researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide found that they could predict a person’s posts on social media with 95 percent accuracy — even if they never had an account to begin with.

Full article: Even if you’re off social media, your friends could be ruining your privacy – CNET

Russia accuses social media giants of flouting data breach laws

The Russian communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has begun legal proceedings against Facebook and Twitter for an apparent breach of data laws.

A civil case has been levelled at the popular social media platforms for, Russia maintains, failing to give more details on how they can achieve compliance with the eastern country’s data laws.

Source: Russia accuses social media giants of flouting data breach laws

On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk

Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy. If you don’t want to be on Facebook, you can leave or not sign up in the first place. Then your behavior will be your own private business, right?

The new study presents powerful evidence that the answer to that question is no. It shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you.

Full article: Study: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk—even if you don’t have an account

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