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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

Is It Ethical to Post Pictures of Your Kids on Instagram?

In France, a child can sue her parents for posting pictures of her on Instagram. On any social media network, in fact, it is the responsibility of the French parent to protect a child’s image.

The Gendarmerie have even posted on Facebook about it: “Préservez vos enfants!” The law rests on the principle that the images you post of a non-consenting child will endure in the future, and thus may distress or shame the child in the years to come.

Full article: Is It Ethical to Post Pictures of Your Kids on Instagram?

Parents are giving tons of their kids’ personal data away

On average, parents will post more than 1,000 images of their children online before they’re old enough to have their own social media accounts, according to a new report on the digital lives of kids. And that size of ‘digital footprint’ comes with risks that may not yet be fully realized.

Full article: Parents are giving tons of their kids’ personal data away — and the long-term effects aren’t yet known | CBC News

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers

British parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions.

The seizure is the latest move in a bitter battle between the British parliament and the social media giant. The struggle to hold Facebook to account has raised concerns about limits of British authority over international companies that now play a key role in the democratic process.

Full article: Parliament seizes cache of Facebook internal papers | Technology | The Guardian

A #MeToo Story in Britain Prompts Debate Over Privacy Laws

A debate over press freedom, the right to privacy and the validity of nondisclosure agreements has erupted in Britain in recent days after a court upheld an injunction barring The Daily Telegraph from publishing accusations of misconduct against a British businessman, Sir Philip Green.

Full article: A #MeToo Story in Britain Prompts Debate Over Privacy Laws – The New York Times

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