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Facebook reportedly under criminal probe for data sharing practices with ‘partners’

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Federal prosecutors reportedly are probing Facebook’s data sharing partnerships with electronics companies, including smartphone makers, and a grand jury has subpoenaed information from at least two firms. The partnerships – with more than 150 companies, according to a report by the New York Times – made it possible for the partner companies to gain access…

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ICE using automated license plate reader database to spy on immigrants

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have tapped a large surveillance database to spy on immigrants, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. “It is appalling that ICE has added this mass surveillance database to its arsenal, and that local law enforcement agencies and private companies are aiding the agency in…

Berners-Lee says WWW needs bolstering against malicious cyberattacks, dysfunction

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At 30 years old, the World Wide Web needs a little work when it comes to cybersecurity and other issues, its creator Tim Berners-Lee said Monday. Three sources of dysfunction must be addressed, Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter: “deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behaviour, and online harassment; system design…

IoT bill would require gov’t use devices meeting cybersecurity standards

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If passed, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, introduced in the Senate and House Monday, would compel the U.S. government to purchase only devices that meet the legislation’s minimum security requirements “While I’m excited about their life-changing potential, I’m also concerned that many IoT devices are being sold without appropriate safeguards and protections in…

Dutch Data Protection Authority chips away at ‘cookie walls,’ declaring they violate GDPR

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Websites that restrict visitors from viewing and interacting with their content unless they first accept the use of cookies that track their browsing activities are violating the terms of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Netherlands’ Dutch Data Protection Authority (DDPA) has determined. Also known as the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (AP), the DDPA…

GOP senator checks FTC on ‘toothless’ efforts to curb Facebook, Google privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), often lauded for its efforts to protect consumers from data breaches and privacy violations, hasn’t done enough to shield them from large tech companies like Facebook and Google, a Republican senator told the agency, calling its approach “toothless.” “The FTC has a special role to play in protecting consumers,” Sen.…

Chelsea Manning jailed for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks probe

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After rebuffing a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury as part of a WikiLeaks probe, Chelsea Manning was jailed Friday. The former Army private had served seven years of a 35-year sentence for sharing classified documents with the whistleblower site – President Obama commuted her sentence in 2017 shortly before he left office.…

Meeting GDPR standards doesn’t guarantee Calif. privacy law compliance, experts warn

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Soon to be the most restrictive privacy law in the U.S., the California Consumer Privacy Act is set to take effect in January 2020. And companies that sit back and assume their compliance with GDPR is enough to meet the new legislation’s high expectations are in for a rude awakening, warned a panel of privacy…

Unprotected MongoDB database exposes 763M unique email addresses, ‘business intel’

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Verifications.io has taken down an unprotected MongoDB database found by researchers last week to contain 150GB-worth of plaintext marketing data including 763 million unique email addresses and various corporations’ revenue data. “This is perhaps the biggest and most comprehensive email database I have ever reported. Upon verification I was shocked at the massive number of…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg commits to privacy-focused platform

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Facebook will pivot toward privacy over the next few years, “building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform” that includes end-to-end encryption, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. Maintaining that “the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their…

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