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Twitter users are escaping online hate by switching profiles to Germany, where Nazism is illegal

CNBC: “Seeking to shield themselves from online hatred, some Twitter users say they’ve switched their account locations to Germany where local laws prevent pro-Nazi content. While German laws make it harder for explicitly hateful content to remain online, local researchers say it is not a hate-free internet utopia. Germany has imposed stricter laws on social… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 4, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues August 4, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Concerns About Online Data Privacy Span Generations

Internet Innovation Alliance – Are Millennials okay with the collection and use of their data online because they grew up with the internet? “In an effort to help inform policymakers about the views of Americans across generations on internet privacy, the Internet Innovation Alliance, in partnership with Icon Talks, the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), and… Continue Reading

Op-Ed: How data privacy laws could make the criminal justice system even more unfair

LA Times – “A cluster of new and proposed state and federal laws will soon make it harder for people accused of crimes to defend themselves. All of these laws are well-intended — to protect privacy by shielding sensitive personal information — but they suffer from a fundamental unfairness that needs correction. These laws tilt… Continue Reading

Skip Cash for Equifax Breach and Get Credit Monitoring, F.T.C. Tells Victims

Follow up to previous postings –Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting and Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible – today via The New York Times: “Overwhelmed by requests from consumers seeking compensation related to the giant 2017 data breach at… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019  – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Full Fact has been fact-checking Facebook posts for six months. Here’s what they think needs to change

Nieman Lab – “Organizations (ABC News, Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and the AP) to help stem the flow of false information on the platform. Over time, it’s expanded these third-party fact-checking partnerships: It now has more than 50 partners globally, fact-checking in 42 languages. Full Fact, the independent U.K. fact-checking organization, signed on as one of… Continue Reading

How You Move Your Phone Can Reveal Insights Into Your Personality, Creepy Study Finds

Science Alert – “It may sound strange at first, but a team of researchers in Australia has come up with a method to predict your personality traits using just the accelerometer in your phone. Well, that and your call and messaging activity logs. Also, the system works for some traits better than others. But it’s… Continue Reading

Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

MIT Technology review: Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences. “In 2017, Facebook announced that it wanted to create a headband that would let people type at a speed of 100 words per minute, just by thinking. Now, a little over two years later, the social-media giant… Continue Reading

FTC Announces New Public Web Page with Interactive Do Not Call and Robocall Data

“As part of its continued efforts to help make the Do Not Call (DNC) data it collects more transparent and easier for consumers to use, the Federal Trade Commission today announced the debut of a new interactive public web page containing a wealth of information about the National DNC Registry and unwanted telemarketing robocalls. The… Continue Reading

Never-Googlers: Web users take the ultimate step to guard their data

Washington Post – As reports surface regarding how the online advertising giant tracks consumers, some try to reclaim their online footsteps. “…Kelly is one of a hearty few who are taking the ultimate step to keep their files and online life safe from prying eyes: turning off Google entirely. That means eschewing some of the… Continue Reading

Libraries contest lynda.com learning site privacy issues with new owner LinkedIn

Boing Boing: Linkedin to libraries: drop dead – “For years, libraries across America have paid to subscribe to lynda.com for online learning content; four years ago, lynda.com became a division of Linkedin, and this year, the company has informed libraries that they’re migrating all lynda.com users to Linkedin Learning, which would be fine, except Linkedin… Continue Reading