Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Facebook Inc emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.


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Canada wants court order forcing Facebook to follow privacy laws

OTTAWA – Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year…
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FTC eyes personal punishment for Mark Zuckerberg over privacy

The Federal Trade Commission is mulling ways to hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for Facebook’s privacy lapses, including fines that would ding the CEO’s own wallet, according to a new report. The watchdog, which started probing Facebook last year over data breaches tied to the 2016 presidential election, is looking at the 34-year-old billionaire’s past…
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3.22.19 Free tax prep and your privacy; Clark Stinks

Free tax preparation services might be offering you that free service in exchange for your data; Christa reads listener posts about how Clark has missed the mark in his advice this week. If you have a “Clark Stinks” to share you can leave it here.

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3.8.19 Sell, donate, or recycle used goods; Privacy battles over home security cameras

Clark discusses the best ways to sell, donate, or recycle used goods; A privacy battle is brewing when it comes to home security cameras – especially doorbells. Should law enforcement have a right to the video on your device? 

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TikTok to pay record-breaking $5.7M fine for violating child privacy law

The company behind the popular lip-syncing app TikTok has agreed to pay nearly $ 6 million as part of a record-breaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it “illegally collected” sensitive data from children — including voice recordings and geolocation. “This is the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the Commission in a…
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2.15.19 Smart appliances invading your privacy; Clark Stinks

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Facebook’s latest privacy scandal sparks feud with Apple

The Apple-Facebook standoff over consumer privacy is heating up amid news the social media colossus had been tracking the iPhone habits of customers as young as 13. Apple, run by Chief Executive Tim Cook, stripped its nemesis, helmed by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, of key developer privileges it needs to test its products on the…
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Facebook opening Bryant Park pop-up to teach users about privacy

Sorry about sharing your Facebook data. How about a cup of hot chocolate? Mark Zuckerberg’s social network plans to open a pop-up kiosk on Dec. 13 in Midtown Manhattan, where it will field questions about its data-sharing practices and teach users how to understand its new privacy controls. “It’s been a tough year, and people…
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Health privacy advocates worry DeepMind will break its promise not to share health data with Google

DeepMind Health says that it will be absorbed into Google Health, but it still won't be sharing patient health information with its parent company. Its critics remain concerned.
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Sen. Wyden Proposed a CEO-Felling Data Privacy Law. Is Big Tech Ready for It?

Consumers who have clamored for data privacy reform since Equifax’s ransacking and, more recently, Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica debacle have cause to celebrate.

On Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a prominent privacy hawk, unveiled a draft bill that seeks to slap harsher penalties on companies–and chief executive officers–who run afoul of new rules that expand government oversight of the tech industry. The Consumer Data Privacy Act, as the bill is tentatively named, takes its cue from Europe’s General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR, which can fine companies up to 4% of their global, annual revenues for infractions. But Wyden’s bill goes even further; in addition to that penalty, the proposed law would jail chief execs up to 20 years with individual fines reaching as high as $ 5 million for CEOs who knowingly mislead regulators.

If GDPR has teeth, Wyden’s proposal has fangs–set on the jugulars of corporate heads. The proposed law would require big firms–ones with revenues exceeding $ 1 billion or ones that store data on more than 50 million consumers or their devices–to submit “annual data protection reports” to the government that lay out their data-securing practices. It would force companies to comply with “do not track” policies while offering alternative payment options to consumers, such as subscription fees instead of ad-supported “free” models. And it would boost the power of the Federal Trade Commission, adding a tech-focused division with a broader mandate alongside an arsenal of stronger enforcement actions.

Lindsey Barrett, an attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Communications & Technology Clinic within the school’s Institute for Public Representation, commented on Twitter that the proposed legislation “injects sorely needed accountability into our equif*cked information ecosystem.” Wyden’s own statement was a little more sanitized: “It’s time for some sunshine on this shadowy network of information sharing,” he said.

But the proposed reform isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Jake Williams, an alumnus of the National Security Agency who has since cofounded Rendition InfoSec, a cybersecurity consulting shop, said he doubts the bill will pass. “Even if it does, it won’t mean what you might think. It won’t create a SOX style environment around cyber. Sorry,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to Sarbanes-Oxley, a 2002 financial reform enacted in the wake of the Enron scandal to prevent similar accounting blowups.

The main thrust of Williams’ criticism is that the proposed law will box in cybersecurity practitioners and will subjugate and constrain an industry that is still finding its feet. The bill effectively grants corporate governance, risk, and compliance departments the right to “rule infosec,” Williams warned. If it passes into law, it will likely lead to licensing requirements within the cybersecurity industry, akin to the hoops people must jump through to become certified public accountants, he said. “Professional licensure is not good for a profession this young,” he said.

Data privacy reform is long overdue, but this bill presents questions. Is Big Tech–and its CEOs–ready to face the formalized wrath of guillotine-thirsting regulators? Does the bill unfairly target CEOs, leaving other C-Suite executives and board members off the hook? Could companies end up shoving the blame onto scapegoat CEOs of subsidiary businesses? And finally, as Williams noted, is the cybersecurity industry really ready to grow up and professionalize, accepting all the responsibility and regulatory constrictions that entails?

Be careful what you wish for.

A version of this article first appeared in Cyber Saturday, the weekend edition of Fortune’s tech newsletter Data Sheet. Sign up here.

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U.S. Supreme Court divided over Google privacy settlement

U.S. Supreme Court justices, in an internet privacy case involving Google, disagreed on Wednesday over whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that awards money to charities and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing.


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