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California’s Privacy Law Makes it Easy for Thieves to Steal Personal Data

California’s privacy law giving customers the right to their personal data is based on a European law that inadvertently lets hackers gain widespread access to people’s credit card numbers and home addresses. The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect Jan. 1 and effectively gives citizens the ability to obtain and delete whatever data companies have on them. It’s also ...

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Several Recent Investigations Show Just How Little We Understand About Big Tech’s Collection Of Personal Data

Let’s consider three recent headlines about the impact of Big Tech. The question on the table is whether or not the American political system can even understand the power of Big Tech, let alone properly manage it. As we shall see, ignorance about the forces shaping our lives — from political elections to personal privacy to our national unity — ...

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California AG Accuses Facebook Of Failing To Comply With Subpoenas Regarding Privacy Investigation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra accused Facebook of not complying with subpoena requests regarding a privacy investigation by the state in a lawsuit released Wednesday. Becerra asked the San Francisco Superior Court force the tech giant to adequately respond to requests for information related to the probe that started in 2018, he said during a Wednesday press conference, according to ...

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‘He Hurt A Lot Of People’: Ron Wyden Floats Putting Mark Zuckerberg In Prison For Facebook’s Alleged Privacy Violations

Sen. Ron Wyden is floating the possibility that imprisoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be the best way to hold the social media company responsible for privacy violations. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term,” Wyden said in an interview published Saturday on ...

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Facebook’s New ‘Clear History’ Tool Hits A Legal Roadblock Over Criminal Evidence Concerns

A Texas judge temporarily blocked Facebook’s new “Off-Facebook Activity” tool Monday over concerns of erasing evidence connected to criminal suspects. Injury trial lawyer Annie McAdams, requested the decision because she is working on a “significant human trafficking case” that relies on potentially “relevant evidence that can be found on Facebook.” Social media and technology lawyer Brad Shear said McAdams “has ...

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Facebook Is Rolling Out Its ‘Clear History’ Tool. What Does It Actually Do?

Facebook introduced a new tool on Tuesday that will allow users to “see and control the data that apps and websites share with Facebook,” according to a news release. The idea for the tool, which was originally dubbed “Clear History” because it was intended to completely clear browsing data, was introduced by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2018 ...

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Google Makes Chrome Update After Study Reveals It Tracks Visits To Porn Sites — Even In Incognito Mode |

93% of porn websites leak personal user data to tech giants like Facebook and Google, even when users watch in “Incognito Mode,” according to a Tuesday study. Google announced an update to Chrome Thursday that will close to “loophole” companies use to know when people are browsing in incognito. A researcher who conducted the study told The DCNF that the ...

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Insurance Companies Could Start Tracking Social Media Accounts To Determine Premiums

“Fox & Friends” contributor Kurt Knutsson said insurance companies will likely start looking at social media accounts to determine premiums for their customers. “There’s very little of anything that’s stopping insurance company representatives from scouring through history of all of our online posts,” Knutsson said Friday. “A warning this morning to really pay attention to what’s on there from, well ...

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Are ‘Rogue’ Agents At Facebook Responsible For A Security Lapse Exposing User Passwords?

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Tech analysts are scrutinizing Facebook after recent reports reveal the social media company left millions of passwords open to staff members. Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices, analysts say after the company confirmed that millions of passwords readily available to staff. Basic security practices require organizations and website hold sensitive information in a scrambled form that makes it virtually impossible to ...

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Federal Trade Commission confirms investigation of Facebook; stock continues downward

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) saw its share price tumble Monday morning after the Federal Trade Commission confirmed that it is investigating the social media giant for possible violations of the FTC Act. “The FTC is firmly and fully committed to using all of its tools to protect the privacy of consumers,” Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of ...

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Facebook being sued for potential misconduct in massive data breach

On March 17, 2018, The New York Times reported that data from approximately 50 million Facebook users was used by Cambridge Analytica (“CA”) to, among other things, target those individuals with advertisements. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has belatedly admitted that Facebook was informed of CA’s improper access to user data in 2015. Zuckerberg describes the incident as a “major breach of trust” ...

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Activists rake in over $200k to do nothing about data privacy


A television star and a net neutrality activist have raised more than $200,000 that may end up funding the ACLU and perhaps lining someone’s pockets. The pair is protesting the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 34 which blocks an FCC regulation that purports to prevent internet service providers from selling internet user’s data without their permission. “Supernatural” actor Misha Collins raised ...

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Watch: White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer 3/30/17 [Full Video and Transcript]

Sean Spicer White House Press Briefing

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer briefs the press on the events and issues of the day. The briefing is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm eastern time, but note that the secretary is often 10-20 minutes late. CDN’s live stream of the briefing will start 15 minutes before it begins. Possible topics of discussion: EU President threatening to break ...

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