Online privacy

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a y



Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:00 to 12:00

In an era where data sharing is endemic to every aspect of the digital economy, the spotlight on consumer privacy in America is now brighter than ever. Moreover, rapidly emerging technologies like machine-learning algorithms are also altering how information is processed, used, and stored, bringing another layer to the privacy debate. How is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adapting their policies and programs to these online behavioral changes? How is the FTC working to protect and prevent deceptive practices, while still harnessing the power of digital technologies? Where does the U.S.

What Google knows about you

For all the many controversies around Facebook's mishandling of personal data, Google actually knows way more about most of us.  It likely knows everything you've ever typed into your browser’s search bar and every YouTube video you’ve ever watche

What Facebook knows about you

On Facebook's map of humanity, the node for "you" often includes vast awareness of your movements online and a surprising amount of info about what you do offline, too. The company has near-total awareness of every move you make on its website or

T-Mobile Reveals More Location Data Abuse Following Questions from Sen Wyden

In response to questions from Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR), T-Mobile has revealed another case of abuse, in which a “bad actor” acquired location information without consumer consent. “It is now abundantly clear that you have failed to be good stewards of

Sen Josh Hawley (R-MO) emerges as one of toughest Republican critics of Big Tech

Freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), 39, (the country's youngest senator) is swiftly emerging as one of the Repulican Party's toughest critics of Big Tech.

Senate Judiciary Vets Privacy Protection Legislation Contours at Hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feintsein (D-CA) made it clear that her state's tough privacy legislation will have to be the floor for any federal privacy legislation.

Chairman Pai’s Response Regarding the Investigation on Wireless Carriers Sharing Location Information Without Adequate Safeguards

On January 24, 2019, 15 senators sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai a letter urging the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission to broadly investigate the sale of Americans' location data by wifeless carriers, location aggregato

Sens Markey, Hawley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Update Children’s Online Privacy Rules

With increased tracking of children and teens online and the collection their personal data a widespread practice, Sens Ed Markey (D-MA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced legislation to update children’s online privacy rules for the 21st century.

30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?

Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online.