Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to send them targeted advertising. It sounds like just the sort of business model that might be in jeopardy once the European Union’s sweeping General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25.But Oliver’s not worried. His London startup, People.io, which provides market research for companies and gives them a pool of potential recipients of targeted advertising, makes it clear to customers why they are handing over their information. It even pays them to do so.Consumers accrue points for answering questionnaires and for viewing advertisements that brands push through the app. The points can be cashed in at merchants such as Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. “We don’t want to hide the monetary value of people’s data,” Oliver says. “We want to make it explicit.”A … [Read more...] about Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data Under New EU Privacy Law
THE UNITED KINGDOM:- The UK parliamentary media committee has summoned Zuckerberg to testify. The chairman, Damian Collins, said his panel has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials "have been misleading to the committee".- Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's servers. Although Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the UK investigation, Denham's office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.GERMANY:- Germany's Justice Minister Katarina Barley says she wants closer oversight of companies such as Facebook, following a meeting with executives about the abuse of users' private data.THE UNITED STATES:- The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he's invited Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify at a hearing next month on data privacy. The April 10 hearing will cover how consumer data is collected, retained and distributed for commercial … [Read more...] about Calls to probe FB, data firm on privacy
Facebook Inc. has denied that the company secretly logs the calls and messages of individuals using Android mobile devices, following media reports and user complaints.In a blog post, the company said that logging is part of opt-in feature for individuals using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android, and that it can be turned off in settings."People have to expressly agree to use this feature," the company said. “If, at any time, they no longer wish to use this feature they can turn it off in settings for Facebook Lite users, and all previously shared call and text history shared via that app is deleted.”Individuals discovered the call logging after beginning to download their Facebook data as part of the #DeleteFacebook campaign, only to be surprised at the amount of information their data files contained.Technology website Ars Technica first reported the issue Saturday.The concern over privacy on Android devices comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over its handling of user … [Read more...] about Facebook Denies Reports That It Secretly Logs Your Call Data
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web, tweeted up a storm on Thursday, reassuring internet users that they could reassert control over their data -- and the web's future -- after the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandals. He's right, but not necessarily in the way he imagines."What can Web users do?" Berners-Lee wrote. "Get involved. Care about your data. It belongs to you. If we each take a little of the time we spend using the web to fight for the web, I think we'll be ok. Tell companies and your government representatives that your data and the web matter."I understand his agony about what has happened to his invention, and I envy his optimism about the efficiency of activism and regulation. Both are, of course, useful in rolling back the massive invasion of privacy we have all suffered, not quite knowingly, in recent years. But even if we get "woke" to the invasion, there's not much we can do about it. Sure, one can go into Facebook … [Read more...] about Protect Your Data. Then Hope for a Tech Revolution.
By March 25, 2018, 4:26 AM EDT The U.K. government will direct Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc. and other tech companies to simplify their data management policies for consumers after disclosures about recent breaches, the Sunday Times reported.Matt Hancock, the U.K. digital, culture and media secretary, told the newspaper that the digital powerhouses were failing to provide users with clear and concise terms and conditions for how personal data is used. His goal is to get the information onto one page.Facebook’s service agreement has more than 3,700 words and Twitter has 11,000 words, the newspaper said. The government has summoned executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter to a meeting in April to discuss data management practices.“People are bewildered by pages of unwieldy terms and conditions,” Hancock told the newspaper. “I want these boiled right down so people can see in one glance what they’re signing up to. I … [Read more...] about U.K. to Order Facebook, Google to Redo Data Policies, Times Says