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Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

Facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of WhatsApp users in Germany — for now.

In August last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users’ telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user’s phone number, and screen resolution.

The idea was to improve Facebook’s ad targeting and to make it easier for the social network to suggest friend connections.

Source: Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

Almost two-thirds of American consumers welcome advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity is among the areas where assistance from AI has the most appeal, according to a new survey.

Sixty-three percent of consumers agree AI will “help solve complex problems that plague modern societies,” according to the survey, published Tuesday by the accounting and consulting firm PwC. When respondents were asked about different kinds of issues that AI might help with, 68 percent highlighted cybersecurity and privacy, while 66 percent chose its importance in helping to solve cancer and other diseases and 71 percent agreed AI could provide educational help to disadvantaged schoolchildren.

Source: Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

European Commission, experts uneasy over WP29 data portability interpretation

The European Commission has written to EU privacy regulators to express concern over their interpretation of the data portability clause in the General Data Protection Regulation.

Specifically, the Commission appears to be worried that the regulators have interpreted too broad a scope for the GDPR’s Article 20. The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the group that represents EU privacy regulators, issued guidelines earlier this month in which it said “the right to data portability covers data provided knowingly and actively by the data subject as well as the personal data generated by his or her activity.”

Source: European Commission, experts uneasy over WP29 data portability interpretation

Technology use by sex traffickers fuels debate between privacy and security

Sex traffickers are growing more adept at using sophisticated technology to exploit people, especially tools to hide their identity and encrypt data, fanning an ongoing battle between online privacy and security, a conference heard on Tuesday.

Source: Technology use by sex traffickers fuels debate between privacy and security

NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

Quietly flying under the radar in the fitness wearables market is Whoop, a manufacturer of high-end wrist-worn straps that measure data 100 times per second. In what could turn out to be one of the more bizarre licensing agreements ever, the startup struck a deal with the NFL Players Association today that will make it possible for players to sell their health data.

Source: NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

A guide to the Google ad-blocking conspiracy theories

The word on the street was that Google was pursuing an ad blocker for its Chrome browser. While even rivals were glad to give Google some credit for wanting to clean up the web, conspiracy theories abounded about Google’s other, hidden motives. Remember: It’s not being paranoid if the platforms are really out to get you.

Source: A guide to the Google ad-blocking conspiracy theories

Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

Unroll.me, a free service to unsubscribe from email lists, can scour people’s inboxes for receipts from services like Lyft and then sell the information to companies like Uber. The data is anonymized, meaning individuals’ names are not attached to the information, and can be used as a proxy for the health of a rival.

Source: Unroll.me Service Faces Backlash Over a Widespread Practice: Selling User Data

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