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The Market for Data Privacy

Ramadorai, Tarun and Uettwiller, Antoine and Walther, Ansgar, The Market for Data Privacy (March 13, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3352175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3352175 “We scrape a comprehensive set of US firms’ privacy policies to facilitate research on the supply of data privacy. We analyze these data with the help of expert legal evaluations, and also acquire… Continue Reading

Does Google meet its users’ expectations around consumer privacy? This news industry research says no

Neiman Lab – A significant majority of consumers do not expect Google to track their activities across their lives, their locations, on other sites, and on other platforms. “…Our findings show that many of Google’s data practices deviate from consumer expectations. We find it even more significant that consumer’s expectations are at an all-time low… Continue Reading

UK to introduce world first online safety laws

Gov.UK – The Government today unveiled tough new measures to ensure the UK is the safest place in the world to be online. “In the first online safety laws of their kind, social media companies and tech firms will be legally required to protect their users and face tough penalties if they do not comply.… Continue Reading

State of Insider Threats in the Digital Workplace Report 2019

“While cybercriminals, hacktivists, and ransomware often make a big splash in the news headlines, the reality is that the biggest security threat is often right in front of you. Insiders—people already in your organization—pose a pervasive security risk, whether their behavior is malicious or accidental. In fact, according to the 2016 U.S. State of Cybercrime… Continue Reading

Facebook has new tool that explains why you’re seeing certain posts on your News Feed

CNBC: “Facebook is rolling out a new tool that lets users find out why they’re seeing certain posts on their News Feed. The new feature, called “Why am I seeing this post?”, essentially does what it says on the tin, showing a user the reasoning behind Facebook’s ranking of posts from friends, pages and groups… Continue Reading

Equifax and FICO selling consumer data to banks

Barron’s: “Equifax, the credit reporting company, is planning to team up with Fair Isaac (ticker FICO)), the creator of the FICO credit score, to sell consumer data to banks, the companies said Wednesday. The goal of the partnership is to take Equifax’s troves of data on millions of Americans and “connecting it and embedding with… Continue Reading

Verizon offers new ways to battle robocalls

Company begins deployment of STIR/SHAKEN technology – “Verizon customers are about to get new and improved tools to help identify and block robocalls. A free version of the Call Filter service, which offers spam alerts and more, is starting to be rolled out today to Verizon Wireless customers. In addition, this week, the company began… Continue Reading

Trading privacy for survival is another tax on the poor

FastCompany – Americans at the lower end of the economic ladder suffer from an ever-growing privacy divide, impacting more than just their personal dignity and autonomy. “This story is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the fault lines and disparities–cultural, economic, philosophical–that have developed around digital privacy and its impact on society.“ Continue Reading

The Sometimes Catastrophic, but Mostly Just Embarrassing Consequences of Screen Sharing at Work

The New York Times – There are settings to help you avoid this. Here’s how to use them. [Note – this article includes instructions for both Mac and Windows] “Whether it’s happened to you or in front of you, many of us are familiar with the screen-share disaster: the accidental exposure of something private…while projecting… Continue Reading

FTC Crackdown Stops Operations Responsible for Billions of Illegal Robocalls

“Four separate operations responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not… Continue Reading

Consumer Data Protection: Action Needed to Strengthen Oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies

Consumer Data Protection: Consumer reporting agencies are companies that collect, maintain, and sell vast amounts of sensitive data. GAO-19-469T: Published: Mar 26, 2019. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2019. “In 2017, a breach at Equifax, one of the largest companies, compromised at least 145.5 million consumers’ data. “Consumers have little control over what information these companies have,… Continue Reading

Range of Consumer Risks Highlights Limitations of Identity Theft Services

Data Breaches: Range of Consumer Risks Highlights Limitations of Identity Theft Services, GAO-19-230: Published: Mar 27, 2019. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2019. “Data breaches have exposed the personal data of hundreds of millions of people and put them at risk for identity theft. We looked at what you can do if you’re a victim of… Continue Reading