Tag: Data-Mining and Database Marketing

Congress Must Regulate the Location Data Industry

In the right hands, location data can be a force for good. It can provide publishers and app developers with advertising revenue so consumers can access free services and information. It can inform city planning, help ride-sharing users reach their destinations, guide travelers to great local spots, reassure parents their children are safely on their […]

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Trump Is Winning the Online War

For all his negative poll numbers and impeachment-related liabilities, President Trump has a decisive advantage on one key election battleground: the digital campaign. Under the management of Brad Parscale, the Trump re-election machine has devoted millions more than any individual Democrat to increasingly sophisticated microtargeting techniques. The accompanying chart, compiled by the Wesleyan Media Project, […]

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We Talked to Andrew Yang. Here’s How He’d Fix the Internet.

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. This week’s Privacy Project newsletter is a pre-debate conversation with the former entrepreneur and current presidential candidate Andrew Yang. I wanted to speak to Yang since he’s the only candidate to address data privacy as a campaign policy issue. He’s a proponent […]

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10 Tips to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet

Google and Facebook collect information about us and then sell that data to advertisers. Websites deposit invisible “cookies” onto our computers and then record where we go online. Even our own government has been known to track us. When it comes to digital privacy, it’s easy to feel hopeless. We’re mere mortals! We’re minuscule molecules […]

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Congress and Trump Agreed They Want a National Privacy Law. It Is Nowhere in Sight.

WASHINGTON — A rare thing emerged in Washington early this year: agreement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress, as well as the Trump White House, all said they wanted a new federal law to protect people’s online privacy. Numerous tech companies urged them on. And they had a deadline. With a broad California privacy law set […]

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Amazon Wants to Surveil Your Dog

We’re in the middle of a digital privacy reckoning. Even the tech companies are taking notice. Facebook is reportedly pivoting its social network inward to private groups. Google is tightening privacy restrictions on its Chrome browser and its voice assistants. Apple has started putting privacy front and center in its advertising campaigns. And then there’s […]

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Ahead of 2020, Facebook Falls Short on Plan to Share Data on Disinformation

In April 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told Congress about an ambitious plan to share huge amounts of posts, links and other user data with researchers around the world so that they could study and flag disinformation on the site. “Our goal is to focus on both providing ideas for preventing interference in 2018 […]

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How to Make the Most of Apple’s New Privacy Tools in iOS 13

To get the latest security protections against viruses, exploits and whatever other nasty stuff is out there, it’s wise to keep the software for our devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones, arrived last week. Similar updates to iPadOS, the operating system […]

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Facebook Says It Has Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps as part of an investigation into how independent developers use its members’ data, a number far higher than it had previously disclosed and a sign that data privacy remains a central issue for the social network. Facebook said in […]

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This Article Is Spying on You

The press has performed admirably in reporting on privacy violations by the National Security Agency and major internet companies. But news sites often expose users to the same surveillance programs and data-collection companies they criticize. Even stories that explained how the N.S.A. was using Google cookies to “pinpoint targets for hacking” often included the exact […]

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Time to Build a National Data Broker Registry

It’s time for a national data privacy law, one that gives consumers meaningful rights — to know who has their data, how it is used and how to opt out. It’s in our country’s best interest to have a national standard that, done thoughtfully, benefits both consumers and businesses by providing transparency, uniformity and certainty […]

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E.U.’s New Digital Czar: ‘Most Powerful Regulator of Big Tech on the Planet’

BRUSSELS — For five years, Margrethe Vestager, was the scourge of Silicon Valley, levying billions of dollars in fines and initiating investigations against Google, Apple and Facebook for violating antitrust laws and harming consumers. As the European Union’s competition commissioner, she, and her army of lawyers, became heroes to many critics of Big Tech, even […]

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N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War

The National Security Operations Center occupies a large windowless room, bathed in blue light, on the third floor of the National Security Agency’s headquarters outside of Washington. For the past 46 years, around the clock without a single interruption, a team of senior military and intelligence officials has staffed this national security nerve center. The […]

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The Crown Prince’s Digital Iron Fist

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia makes no secret of his desire to transform his country. Since he began consolidating power in 2015, he has marketed himself to domestic and international audiences as a force of modernity, touting an agenda of cultural liberalization and economic reform. In 2016, he outlined his would-be revolution […]

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F.T.C. Fines Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from youngsters and used that data to profit by targeting them with ads. The measures were part of a settlement with […]

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YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter. The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States. The settlement […]

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The Baroness Fighting to Protect Children Online

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Beeban Kidron, Silicon Valley’s latest antagonist, sat on the patio of a boutique hotel near Facebook’s headquarters recently, camouflaged in the local uniform of jeans and sneakers. A member of the House of Lords, she had just flown in from London to attend an international meeting hosted by the social network. […]

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In New Facebook Effort, Humans Will Help Curate Your News Stories

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has long relied on algorithms to select news stories for its users to see. Now the social network wants to rely on something else for the same task, too: humans. Specifically, Facebook plans to hire a team of editors to work on a news initiative called News Tab, which is its […]

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