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Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

Reading a book on a Kindle sends Amazon a lot of data about reading habits. How fast pages are turned, font sizes and views, and device details.

The Kindle sends device information, usage metadata, and details about every interaction with the device (or app) while it’s being used. All of this is linked directly to the reader account.

Opening the app, reading a book, flipping through a few pages, then closing the book sends over 100 requests to Amazon servers.

Full article: Kindle Collects a Surprisingly Large Amount of Data

ICO publishes 2020 Annual Track survey results

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published 2020 Annual Track survey – a survey of over 2,000 people that the ICO commissions each year.

The main aim of this research is: “To gauge the general public’s awareness and perceptions of their information rights and to monitor any change in people’s trust and confidence in organisations who use their personal information. Also, to provide a measure of how the Commissioner/ ICO is perceived by the UK public.”

Source: 2020 Annual Track survey results | ICO

Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach

Poor privacy=data breach as reported by Osano was proven July 15 when Twitter was hacked and 130 accounts – including Joe Biden’s and Kanye West’s – were exposed.

There’s a direct correlation between a company’s poor privacy practices and the likelihood of a data breach, according to a report from the data privacy platform Osano, The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link.

Source: Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach – TechRepublic

How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It 

Smartphone location data, often used by marketers, has been useful for studying the spread of the coronavirus. But the information raises troubling privacy questions.

The fact that companies are collecting, storing and selling location information about individuals at all presents risks. Hackers or people with access to raw location data could identify or follow a person without consent, by pinpointing, for example, which phone regularly spent time at that person’s home address.

Full article: How Smartphone Location Tracking Works, and What You Can Do About It – The New York Times

UK Data Protection Index full report published

The Data Protection World Forum and The DPO Centre and jointly published the first UK DataProtection Index, a unique survey based on a panel of UK data protection and privacy professionals.

The main findings include:

  • Data protection profession calls for greater investment as privacy issues grow in importance
  • Impact of Brexit is a key concern as dataflows between the UK and rest of world become more complex
  • Most practitioners believe UK is ahead of other countries in how it manages data protection and privacy

Source: UK Data Protection Index full report published – PrivSec Report

US Govt. Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a key report about privacy and discrimination risks posed by the commercial use of facial recognition.

The GAO completed the report in response to research showing the disparate impact the technology has on minorities, including a National institute of Science and Technology study which found that facial recognition systems misidentify Black women at disproportionately high rates.

Source: GAO Releases Report on Privacy, Discrimination Risks of Facial Recognition

Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

More than half of US consumers want more control over their personal data – and a similar number don’t trust companies to use their data ethically, according to a KPMG survey.

Ninety-seven per cent flagged the importance of data privacy, with 87% feeling it was a human right, according to the survey of 1000 respondents.

Source: Most US consumers want more control of data and don’t trust companies

Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How Companies Use Their Data

With data privacy important to almost every American, more than two-thirds of those surveyed say they don’t trust companies to ethically sell their data.

The survey of 1,000 respondents in the United States found that nearly every American (97%) considers data privacy to be an important issue, with 87% labeling digital privacy as a human right. Yet more than two-thirds of respondents do not trust companies to ethically sell their information, and more than half do not even trust companies to use their information in an ethical way.

Source: Citizens Are Increasingly Worried About How …

Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy

Social media and online shopping sites top the list of services consumers feel do not adequately protect their personal information.

The study, Privacy and Security in a Digital World: A Study of Consumers in the United States, found that, on a scale of 1 to 10, 86% of adults said they are “very concerned” about how Facebook and Google use their personal information.” A majority, 69%, said they are “very concerned” about their privacy when using devices such as smartwatches, smartphones, tracking devices, smart speakers, tablets, PCs, and Macs. A similar number, 66%, said they are “very concerned” when shopping online or using online services.

Source: Most consumers do not trust big tech with their privacy – TechRepublic

EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse

More than one in two citizens of the European Union are concerned about the misuse of their online data by fraudsters and cybercriminals, a new EU study has found.

As part of a recent survey undertaken by the EU’s agency for fundamental rights published on Wednesday, an average of 55% of respondents said they are concerned that the information they share online and on social media, could be maliciously accessed.

Source: EU citizens raise concerns about online data misuse – EURACTIV.com

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