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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

Since the number of users slurped by third-party data harvesters only seems to rise, the ugly truth for Facebook may be that its growth-at-all-costs culture has led to a dramatic loss in personal privacy. But the even uglier truth is that such data-sharing practices may be the only way the mobile app economy can sustain itself …
Matt Asay, 6 Apr 2018
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Facebook dynamites its own APIs amid data slurp scandals, wrecks data slurp applications

In response to widespread concern about the misuse of Facebook user data, the social ad network on Wednesday hobbled its Graph API and Instagram API, breaking apps sustained by that data in the process. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's CTO, outlined the changes in a blog post, some of which took effect immediately. The Graph API, …
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Bot-ched security: Chat system hacked to slurp hundreds of thousands of Delta Air Lines, Sears customers' bank cards

Hackers are feared to have swiped sensitive personal information held by two of the best known companies in the US – after malware infected a customer support software maker. Both Sears and Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of customers' payment card numbers, expiration dates, and CVV security codes, …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Apr 2018
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Facebook’s in real trouble now: Australia’s opened a probe

Australia’s office of the information commissioner (OAIC) has opened a probe into Facebook after the Social Network™ revealed that some of the records that may or may not have ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica described Australians. “The investigation will consider whether Facebook has breached the Privacy Act 1988 …
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As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

With his company's ongoing privacy crisis reaching new, even more enraging heights, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced the press on Wednesday to apologize for letting data harvesters run rampant on his site. "It is clear now that we didn't do enough, we didn't focus enough on preventing abuse," Zuckerberg told reporters. "We …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2018

Do(ug)h! Half-baked security at Panera Bread spills customer data

The website for restaurant chain Panera Bread has made the personal information for customers' online accounts available for takeout since August last year, according to security researcher Dylan Houlihan. The all-your-can-eat menu on its website offered online account holders' full names, home addresses, email addresses, …
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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

Comment Political grandstanding about giving the UK's information commissioner more power rings hollow when parliamentarians tend to ignore her warnings about new data protection law and their parties continue to slurp up data for their own ends. It's been a whirlwind two weeks where privacy and data protection have surged to the top …
Rebecca Hill, 30 Mar 2018
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Privacy activists to UK plod: Wanna slurp folks' phone records? Come back with a warrant

Cops should need a search warrant to slurp information from peoples' phones, Privacy International has said as it calls for a government review into police data-extraction tech. The civil rights group has published a report into the use of such kit by forces across the UK, finding that more than half are already using it, and …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Mar 2018

What's an RDBMS? Don't ask the UK's data protection watchdog

The UK's data protection watchdog needs to hire more staff that "understand how databases work", according to whistleblower Chris Wylie. Wylie – the pink-haired, loud-mouthed former Cambridge Analytica staffer at the centre of the claims about the use of Facebook user data in political targeting – made the comments in a four- …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Mar 2018
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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Updated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has once again declined to cross the Atlantic to give evidence to British MPs as part of their inquiry into social media and the spread of fake news. The UK's Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry is rapidly morphing into a much wider investigation into exactly what happens …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Mar 2018

New South Wales ponders post-mortem data protection laws

The Australian state of New South Wales has ordered an inquiry into what happens to your social media accounts and digital assets once you’re dead. The State’s Law Reform Commission has been tasked with probing “whether NSW needs legislation to regulate who can access the digital assets of a person who has died or is …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2018
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UK smut overlord declares age checks should protect users' privates

The UK's age verification overlord has issued guidance for checking whether citizens should be able to access online smut, emphasising data protection and its plan to take a "proportionate regulatory approach". The government last year signed off on controversial plans to require online porn providers to check their users are …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Mar 2018
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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

Comment I've a special reason to remember Enron and the summers of 2000 and 2001. The mighty Enron was being lauded as a pioneer and an innovator. It was a Wall Street darling. IBM and AOL jumped into bed with Enron to create a new retail energy provider. The sun shone, and Californians had plenty of energy capacity. But behind the …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2018

UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

A Scottish company suspected of making 200 million nuisance calls that may have blocked railway safety hotlines has been raided by the Information Commissioner's Office. The UK data protection watchdog seized computer equipment and documents from the firm's offices yesterday. The company, which the ICO won't name until the …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Mar 2018

Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

Relying on internet giants' goodwill to stop the spread of misinformation online and prevent the manipulation of netizens has failed, Europe's top data protection watchdog has said, adding that regulators now need to take action. Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor, emitted this well-timed opinion …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018
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Gartner's top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don't be creepy

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen. Speaking at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in London, UK, yesterday, Willemsen said that organisations – and, crucially, those making …
Rebecca Hill, 20 Mar 2018

Facebook confirms Cambridge Analytica stole its data; it’s a plot, claims former director

Analysis Facebook has “suspended” any business with controversial analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and its holding company, following claims by CA’s former director that the social media ad slinger’s data was purloined and used for political dirty tricks. In a statement Facebook said that in April 2015 Dr Aleksandr Kogan, a …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2018
ANPR reading number plate of car on motorway told: Draw up code of practice for cops bulk-slurping car plates

UK government will be forced to debate a code of practice for cops' use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems after Labour MPs tabled an amendment to the Data Protection Bill. Widespread use of ANPR means cameras across the country submit between 25 million and 35 million read records to the national ANPR data …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Mar 2018

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