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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

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Facebook Faces Criminal Probe for Sharing User Data

It looks like criminal charges are in the future for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent device OEMs that had data-sharing agreements with Facebook. Federal prosecutors, according to the New York Times, have launched a criminal probe into Facebook’s data-sharing practices that gave more than 150 other tech firms extensive access to user information, sometimes without consent. Details may be found […]

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Revealed: Facebook’s Global Lobbying Against Data Privacy Laws

While promising more privacy in the future, Facebook’s senior management has simultaneously been lobbying politicians around the world, promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation. Perhaps the company should be renamed to TwoFacedBooks.com? You can read about the recent exposure of secret, backroom lobbying in an article by Carole Cadwalladr and Duncan Campbell in The Guardian at: http://bit.ly/2TBgC52.

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Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database

There’s no surprise here. It is well known that the U.S. government secretly tracks citizens and non-citizens alike. Some attorneys claim this is illegal and even unconstitutional. (I’ll leave it to the attorneys to argue those points.) Now a secret tracking database has been exposed. The newly-exposed documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, an attorney, and immigration […]

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California’s Governor Newsom Wants to Tax the Companies that Capitalize on Aggregating Customers’ Personal Information and then Sell It

California Governor Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a “data dividend” for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an […]

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A European Data Privacy Office Has 15 Open Investigations. Ten Are About Facebook.

I doubt if this surprises anyone. Facebook seems to encounter more and more difficulties every day concerning its predatory, privacy-invasive practices. The Ireland Data Protection Commission said in a report that as of Dec. 31 it had 15 ongoing investigations of multinational tech companies. Ten of the investigations were about Facebook or its subsidiaries, Instagram and WhatsApp. Details may be found at: https://nbcnews.to/2UfiJsk.

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