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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

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

A series of research projects, patent filings, and policy changes indicate that the Pentagon wants to use social media surveillance to quell domestic insurrection and rebellion.

The United States government is accelerating efforts to monitor social media to preempt major anti-government protests in the US, according to scientific research, official government documents, and patent filings reviewed by Motherboard. The social media posts of American citizens who don’t like President Donald Trump are the focus of the latest US military-funded research.

Source: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance – Motherboard

This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has released an open source tool to find accounts of large volumes of people across social media platforms by automatically matching names and profile pictures. The company says the tool, called Social Mapper, is designed for penetration testers who often phish employees at client companies to test security measures and gain access to computers. However, this tool might lead to privacy violations.

Source: This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Snooping Amsterdam civil servants broke privacy laws with Facebook research 

An analysis of the Facebook networks of trouble-making youngsters by the Amsterdam city authorities constituted a breach of privacy and should have been reported to privacy monitoring body AP.

Amsterdam civil servants decided to build up a picture of the networks of youngsters who hung around on the streets and caused a nuisance in Amsterdam Zuid. By looking at their networks the authorities thought they would gain a better understanding of this group.

Source: Snooping Amsterdam civil servants broke privacy laws with Facebook research – DutchNews.nl

From Cambridge Analytica to GDPR: Enter digital supply chain management

Together with the GDPR’s elaborate requirements for transparency, due diligence, risk analyses, documentation and security, this rude awakening should create a perfect storm.

It can incentivize organizations to understand, prioritize and deploy digital supply chain management to ensure the sources of their data are wholesome, their vendors resilient and their customers accountable for their actions. It can channel budgets to chief privacy officers, pave their path to senior management and boards, and empower them to weigh in on product engineering and design choices at an early stage.

Source: From Cambridge Analytica to GDPR: Enter digital supply chain management

Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months

It’s like clearing your web browser history, but this time for Facebook’s wealth of data on your interactions.

Facebook has announced numerous steps in recent weeks — directed at both everyday users and developers — meant to prevent third parties from gleaning an abundance of personal data from unknowing users.

Source: Facebook to introduce Clear History privacy tool in coming months – The Verge

When Online Dating Met Facebook

At this week’s Facebook Developer Conference, or F8, the social network company announced that it will begin introducing online dating features onto its platform. A dating feature is a logical next step for a company focused on leveraging data to connect people.

Facebook’s plans are especially intriguing because it effectively merges traditional dating with technology. Facebook can harness social signals used in offline dating – mutual friends, family connections, or school, work, and church networks – while also providing would-be daters the same frictionless experience and abundance of potential choices that characterize the online dating ecosystem.

Source: When Online Dating Met Facebook

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