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EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

European Union privacy watchdogs will look deeper into the harvesting of personal data from social networks for economic or political purposes following the scandal engulfing Facebook Inc. after data from nearly 87 million users was improperly accessed.

“A multi-billion dollar social media platform saying it is sorry simply is not enough,” Andrea Jelinek, chair of the group of EU data protection authorities, said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: EU privacy watchdogs to look into harvesting of data from social media

Facebook users aren’t changing their privacy settings, despite uproar

Since the Cambridge Analytica fallout, there have been demands for change, hearings and even a #DeleteFacebook campaign. But it turns out all of that hasn’t really translated into any meaningful shift in Facebook users’ behavior.

The Wall Street Journal reports that over the past few weeks, Facebook users, for the most part, haven’t changed their privacy settings despite the uproar against Facebook. “We have not seen wild changes in behavior with people saying I’m not going to share any data with Facebook anymore,” Carolyn Everson, Facebook VP of global marketing solutions, said to the Wall Street Journal CEO Council this week.

Source: Facebook users aren’t changing their privacy settings, despite uproar

Lessons for Facebook from an academic social network

With Facebook under fire for inadequate privacy protections, how has one of the oldest academic social networks avoided the same fate?

Unlike other social networks that followed it, HASTAC has managed to remain scandal-free. There have been no mass boycott movements and no accusations that the network ever misused anyone’s data.

Source: Lessons for Facebook from an academic social network

No, Facebook, It’s Not about Security; It’s About Privacy

Finally, Mark Zuckerberg has spoken. The short version of his response? “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” But Zuckerberg is wrong.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is not about a failure to secure users’ data; it is a failure to protect the privacy of users’ data. And Facebook is in no position to change that, for the sharing of user data lies at the heart of Facebook’s business.

Source: No, Facebook, It’s Not about Security; It’s About Privacy – Lawfare

U.S. to Seek Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants

The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers.

n documents to be published in Friday’s Federal Register, the department said it wants the public to comment on the proposed new requirements, which will affect nearly 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the U.S. each year. Previously, social media, email and phone number histories were only sought from applicants identified for extra scrutiny, such as those who have traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. An estimated 65,000 people per year are in that category.

Source: U.S. to Seek Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants – Bloomberg

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look.

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.

Source: Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran | Opinion | The Guardian

Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This

After another privacy bombshell, Facebook tells horrified users, “it’s explained right there in the app.”

In its current iteration, Facebook’s Messenger application requests that those who download it give it permission to access incoming and outgoing call and text logs.

Source: Zuckerberg Hits Users with the Hard Truth: You Agreed to This | Vanity Fair

UK watchdog wants disclosure rules for political ads on social media

The UK’s data protection agency will push for increased transparency into how personal data flows between digital platforms to ensure people being targeted for political advertising are able to understand why and how it is happening.

Information commissioner Elizabeth Deham said visibility into ad targeting systems is needed so that people can exercise their rights — such as withdrawing consent to their personal data being processed should they wish.

Source: UK watchdog wants disclosure rules for political ads on social media | TechCrunch

How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing

You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it.

Source: How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing

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