On Facebook And Twitter Your Privacy Is At Risk — Even If You Don’t Have An Account

Strange, but true. According to a new study from the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide:

“A new study shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you.

“Individual choice has long been considered a bedrock principle of online privacy. If you don’t want to be on Facebook, you can leave or not sign up in the first place. Then your behavior will be your own private business, right? The new study presents powerful evidence that the answer to that question is no.”


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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.

Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection

Finally! A politician who wants to protect the privacy of individuals!

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

The bill, titled the American Data Dissemination Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission to make suggestions for regulation based on the Privacy Act of 1974. Congress would then have to pass legislation within two years, or the FTC will gain the power to write the rules itself (under current laws, the FTC can only enforce existing rules).

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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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AT&T Claims “We don’t have to disclose any NSA co-operation, not even to shareholders.”

AT&T obviously is helping the U.S. government in its mass surveillance operations. The company claims that divulging such spying would almost certainly be classified by the U.S. government. This comes despite leaks that suggest a close relationship with the telecoms industry and federal intelligence agencies.

AT&T said it complies with government data requests “only to the extent required by law.”

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Apple has Recruited a Former Employee and Vocal Critic of Facebook to Join its Privacy Team

Of all the major corporations in the computer industry, Apple appears to be the one leading the fight for individual privacy, challenging both government spies and the corporations that collect and sell private data of their customers. Now Apple has recruited a former employee and vocal critic of Facebook to join its privacy team.

Sandy Parakilas

Sandy Parakilas, who spent a year and a half monitoring privacy and policy compliance by software developers before leaving Facebook in October 2012, will reportedly become a privacy manager on Apple’s policy team.

When working at Facebook, Mr. Parakilas warned senior executives of the potentially damaging consequences of the company’s data-sharing policies, but felt his concerns were played down. He soon left the company, apparently because he was unable to change Facebook’s predatory practices.

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