U.S. Regulators Discuss Fining Facebook for Privacy Violations

U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a fine against Facebook Inc (FB.O) for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of personal data, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing three people familiar with the discussions.

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook since last year. It has not finalized its findings in the probe or the total amount of the penalty, according to the newspaper.

More information is available in the Reuters News web site at: https://reut.rs/2Dlj6vf.

ACLU Is Suing the Federal Government for Information About Social Media Surveillance Practices

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation is obviously unhappy with the U.S. government’s domestic spying on its own citizens as well as spying on foreign nationals. Now the ACLU has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the federal government over its social media surveillance practices, specifically relating to the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policy known as “extreme vetting.”


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Feds Can’t Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules

A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision

Details are available in an article by Thomas Brewster that has been published in the Forbes web site at: http://bit.ly/2RwWPU3.

You Should Have the Right to Sue Companies That Violate Your Privacy

It is not enough for government to pass laws that protect consumers from corporations that harvest and monetize their personal data. It is also necessary for these laws to have bite, to ensure companies do not ignore them. The best way to do so is to empower ordinary consumers to bring their own lawsuits against the companies that violate their privacy rights. Such “private rights of action” are among Electronic Frontier Foundation’s highest priorities in any data privacy legislation.

An article in the Electronic Frontier Foundation web site explains the issues and describes actions being done by that organization. See http://bit.ly/2ADWi8p for the details.

India to Intercept, Monitor, and Decrypt Citizens’ Computers

Big Brother is alive, well, and expanding his spying operations in India. The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privacy watchdogs.

Narendra Modi’s government late Thursday broadened the scope of Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act, 2000 to require a subscriber, service provider, or any person in charge of a computer to “extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies.” Failure to comply with the agencies could result in seven years of imprisonment and an unspecified fine.

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Updated: Copying Articles from the Privacy Blog and Republishing Them Elsewhere

This issue arose again recently. I thought most people had more sense than to blindly copy things from one web site and then post those things on another web site. I was wrong.

Copyright laws DO apply to almost everything published on the World Wide Web. There are strong penalties for violating copyrights.

I believe that the copyright statement of the Privacy Blog is much more liberal than that found on most other web sites. Still, you cannot legally copy lots of articles from this blog and then post them elsewhere without permission. However, you may legally copy and republish an occasional article or two for non-commercial purposes.

You can read the copyright statement of the Privacy Blog at https://privacyblog.com/copyrights-and-other-legal-things.

Thank you.