Privacy

Cyber Pioneers in EU’s North Open Hacker-Proof Digital Highway

In this age of social media leaks and foreign election hacking, the ability to transmit sensitive personal information securely across borders is more valuable than ever. Finland and Estonia, two of Europe’s most digitally advanced nations, are about to achieve just that. Finns who cross the Baltic Sea to visit the former Soviet nation will soon be able to pick up their doctor’s prescription at any local pharmacy without worrying about prying eyes. Likewise, the around 100,000 Estonians currently employed in Finland will be able to have their paycheck sent to their home country’s tax authorities for quick and easy filing. What makes applications like these possible is the first secure international data highway in the world dedicated especially to the needs of ordinary citizens. Based on o...

Senators Press Google and Twitter for Answers on Privacy

The chief executive officers of Google and Twitter may be next to follow Mark Zuckerberg into a gauntlet of congressional hearings. Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune said he’s considering another public hearing on data privacy and spoke with representatives of Alphabet Inc.’s Google this week, suggesting the company send CEO Sundar Pichai to answer questions. “I’ve told them I’d like to have them come in and talk to us about data privacy and maybe some of the other social media platforms as well,” Thune said in an interview. “It’ll help to really know what they’re doing, and it’ll help and instruct what we might be thinking about doing. We haven’t scheduled anything yet, but we’re having conversations with them.” Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook Inc., spent about 10 hours over two days this m...

U.S. Antitrust Boss Calls for Vigilance on Big Tech Platforms

The Trump administration’s antitrust chief said competition watchdogs need to keep an eye on digital platform companies that may be abusing their market power to thwart rivals, the latest sign of Washington’s intensifying scrutiny of technology companies. Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, said at a conference in Chicago on Thursday that officials should be “open and receptive”’ to evidence that some tech companies may be engaging in exclusionary conduct, such as below-cost pricing aimed at driving out competitors, to gain control of a market. “In certain platform markets involving network effects, there may be barriers to entry or a tendency toward a single firm emerging as the sole winner,” Delrahim said, according to his prepared remarks. “Antitrust enf...

Trump Loses Initial Bid to Review Seized Records From Cohen

President Donald Trump suffered a setback as a federal judge rejected his initial request to keep prosecutors from immediately reviewing evidence seized by the FBI last week from his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood wrestled in court Monday with the correct way to determine whether materials seized from Cohen’s home, office and hotel room involved privileged communications between Cohen and his clients. Still, the judge ordered prosecutors to make available to Cohen’s attorneys all of the evidence seized. Prosecutors must put the material in digital form and can’t review it yet, the judge said. Wood said she was open to a plan by prosecutors to set up a team separate from the lawyers investigating the case to review the evidence. But she also said she...

Pruitt’s $43,000 Secure Phone Booth Is Found to Break Spending Laws

The Environmental Protection Agency violated spending laws by installing a $43,000 secure “privacy booth” in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Government Accountability Office has concluded. The expenditure violated the Antideficiency Act because it “obligated appropriated funds in a manner specifically prohibited by law,” the GAO said in a report made public Monday. It also ran afoul of law requiring advance congressional notification for expenditures of more than $5,000 for improvements to an agency head’s office, according to the government auditors. “Because EPA did not comply with the notification requirement, the funds were not legally available at the time EPA incurred the obligation,” the GAO found. “EPA should report its Antide...

UK report urges action to combat AI bias

The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published today by the upper House of the UK parliament. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse gender, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and are aware of, and adhere to, ethical codes of conduct,” the committee writes, chiming with plenty of extant commentary around algorithmic accountability. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use,” adds committee chairman, Lord Clement-Jones, in a statement. “The UK has a ...

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating app Grindr ‘fessing up to sharing its users’ HIV status with third party A/B testers, some other ugly facet of the tech industry’s love affair with tracking everything its users do slides into view. Suddenly, Android users discover to their horror that Google’s mobile platform tells the company where they are all the time — thanks to baked-in location tracking bundled with Google services like Maps and Photos. Or Amazon Echo users realize Jeff Bezos’ ecommerce empire has amassed audio recordings of every single interaction they’ve had wit...

Facebook shouldn’t block you from finding friends on competitors

Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe. Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors from its feature for finding your Facebook friends on their apps… after jumpstarting its own social graph by convincing people to upload their Gmail contacts. Meanwhile, Facebook’s Download Your Information tool merely exports a text list of friends’ names you can’t use elsewhere. As Congress considers potential regulation following Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonies, it should prioritize leveling the playing field for aspiring alternatives to Facebook and letting consumers choose where to social network. And as a show of good faith and argument against it abusing its monopoly, Facebook should make our friend list truly portable. It’s time to free the social graph — to treat it as a fundamental digital possession, the ...

Trump Lawyers Fight to Shield Items Seized in FBI Raid

New York (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, told a federal judge in New York on Friday that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the items before prosecutors get to examine them. In the hour-long court hearing, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said Cohen’s lawyers have asked to “take the first cut at identifying documents that are relevant or not relevant to the investigation.” An attorney for the president, Joanna Hendon, appeared as well, telling the judge that Trump has “an acute interest in this matter.” “This is of most concern to him. I think the public is a close second. An...

Zuckerberg Asked to Explain Himself in European Parliament

Mark Zuckerberg was urged to pack his bags for Europe to be grilled by European Union lawmakers in a re-run of his U.S. congressional testimony this week. The European Parliament decided Thursday to invite Facebook Inc.’s chief executive officer to appear before three of the assembly’s committees. The move follows a call on Wednesday by EU Justice Chief Vera Jourova for the social network giant’s founder to explain in person how the Facebook data of as many as 2.7 million Europeans could have ended up in the hands of British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. “I do think that Mark Zuckerberg should appear before the European Parliament,” Sophie In ’t Veld, a Dutch member of the EU assembly’s Liberal group told Bloomberg Television. “The data of European citizens are concerned and this is...

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

19:20 Kevin Kelly Kelly & Co, Managing Partner 21:00 David Kirkpatrick Techonomy Media, CEO/Founder 21:00 Ben Brody Bloomberg Editorial, Reporter:Lobbying 21:10 Leonard Lance United States House of Representatives, Representative:New Jersey 21:20 Beth Ferreira Firstmark Capital LLC, Managing Director 21:30 Ro Khanna United States House of Representatives, California Congressman (D) 21:40 Ryan Williams Goldman Sachs & Co, Former 21:40 Caroline Hyde Bloomberg/ Newsroom:Qvs London, Reporter https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-04-11/zuckerberg-admits-facebook-collects-data-on-non-users-video

Sen. Wicker Says Facebook ‘Winked’ at Privacy Concerns

18:00 Mike Wilson Morgan Stanley & Co LLC, Chief US Equity Strategist/CIO:Wealth Mgmt 18:30 Greg Simon biden cancer initiative, CEO 18:30 Win Thin Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, Sr VP:Investor Svcs/Glbl Head:Emerging Mkts Strategy 18:45 Anthony J Noto Social Finance Inc, Chief Executive Officer 19:00 Christopher J Ailman California State Teachers’ Retirement System, Chief Investment Officer 19:00 Christopher Ailman California State Teachers Reti, Chief Investment Officer 19:20 Jim Strugger MKM Holdings LLC, Head:Derivatives Products https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-04-09/sen-wicker-says-facebook-winked-at-privacy-concerns-video

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