Jehovah's Witnesses must respect EU laws on the protection of personal data when they gather information in their door-to-door preaching activities, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday. Examining a case brought by the Finnish data protection authority, the judges ruled that the group was responsible for organising with the purpose of preaching, and therefore was "a controller" for the processing of data. Read and decide Support quality EU news Get instant access to all articles — and 18 year's of archives. 30 days free trial. … [Read more...] about [Ticker] EU court asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to protect personal data
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Radio Sputnik discussed this issue with Vince Mitchell, Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney Business School. Vince Mitchell: I think there’s a little bit of hypocrisy here. For the past 14 years Facebook has been much more interested in exploiting the personal data rather than protecting personal data. And it’s kind of rich; it takes a whistleblower to uncover this. And yet, for him to come out in public and say “Oh, yes, it was my fault. I’m sorry now. Even companies as large as Facebook with all of their resources and technical expertise can’t keep control of the data. And so what chance do other companies who are less well-skilled, less well-resourced that we also invest our personal data in, what chance do these companies have at keeping the personal data safe if Facebook can’t? Sputnik: Zuckerberg’s talking about the fact that we … [Read more...] about Facebook More Interested in Exploiting Personal Data Than Protection
Facebook today admitted almost 30m more people than previously thought may have had their personal data handed over to Cambridge Analytica. Some 87m, most of which were from the US, may have had information improperly shared. Previously, the social media giant estimated a figure of 50m. Chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer revealed the increased numbers as part of a blog post detailing how Facebook plans to restrict data access going forward. Stricter access to private groups and events will be implemented. Call and text history logs more than one year old will be deleted and details, such as the time of calls made, will not be collected. Schroepfer wrote: Overall, we believe these changes will better protect people’s information while still enabling developers to create useful experiences. We know we have more work to do — and we’ll keep you updated as we make more changes. Read more: Mark Zuckerberg to testify before US congress Which countries had the most … [Read more...] about Facebook may shared personal data of 87m people with Cambridge Analytica – not the 50m previously thought
Apple has launched a new privacy push that will mean the company notifying users when they send any personal data to the tech company, an apparent attempt to draw a line between the iPhone maker and companies such as Google and Facebook. A software update released on Thursday will mean users are shown extra information about how personal information is shared with Apple, such as the App Store and iTunes. The company will also let users delete their accounts entirely, or “deactivate” them so that no personal data is processed by Apple. A new section of Apple’s website in May will let users download all the data held by the company, such as photos and contacts. The changes, which will come in a... Register or log in to view this and other Technology Intelligence articles. It's free and easy to do. Access brilliant stories, features and analysis Sign up to our exclusive Technology Intelligence daily newsletter Become part of our ambitious new Tech networking … [Read more...] about Apple software update adds new privacy tools to protect users’ 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.