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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

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

German court rules heirs can access Facebook account of deceased relatives

Heirs in Germany have the right to access the Facebook accounts of their deceased relatives, a court said in a landmark privacy ruling on Thursday, saying a social media account can be inherited in the same way as letters.

Source: Heirs can access Facebook account of deceased relatives: German court | Reuters

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