Jun 292017
 June 29, 2017  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Zack Whittaker reports:

Facebook has a fleet of low-paid contractors who are tasked with investigating possible connections with terrorism on it site.

The key takeaway: Moderators are granted “full access” to any account once it’s been flagged by the social network’s algorithms, which are looking for details or connections that might suggest a terror link. Moderators can track track a person’s location and read their private messages.

Read more on ZDNet.

Jun 292017
 June 29, 2017  Posted by  Business, Online, U.S., Youth & Schools

Kristin Cohen and Peder Magee of the FTC explain:

Is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule a consideration at your company? We’ve updated our guidance for businesses about complying with COPPA to reflect developments in the marketplace – for example, the introduction of internet-connected toys and other devices for kids. If you need to know when COPPA applies and what to do if it does, our revised Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business keeps current with developing technology while still breaking the process down into six manageable steps.

What’s new in the FTC’s updated COPPA Compliance Plan?

  • New business models. As technologies evolve, companies have new ways of collecting data, some of which may affect your obligations under COPPA. Just one example: voice-activated devices that collect personal information. If your clients change how they do business, are they keeping up with COPPA?
  • New products covered by COPPA. COPPA applies not only to websites and mobile apps. The law also can apply to the growing list of connected devices that make up the Internet of Things. That includes connected toys and other products intended for children that collect personal information, like voice recordings or geolocation data.
  • New methods for getting parental consent. Getting parents’ permission before collecting personal information online from kids under 13 has always been a key component of COPPA. The revised Compliance Plan discusses two newly-approved methods for getting parental consent: asking knowledge-based authentication questions and using facial recognition to get a match with a verified photo ID.

Looking for more guidance on COPPA? In addition to the updated Compliance Plan, check out Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions or write to [email protected](link sends e-mail).


h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jun 292017
 June 29, 2017  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Online

Mohit Kumar writes:

After being threatened with a ban in Russia, end-to-end encrypted Telegram messaging app has finally agreed to register with new Russian Data Protection Laws, but its founder has assured that the company will not comply to share users’ confidential data at any cost.

Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor had recently threatened to block Telegram if the service did not hand over information required to put the app on an official government list of information distributors.

Read more on The Hacker News.

Jun 292017
 June 29, 2017  Posted by  Court

This case isn’t about privacy, but as I read this report, I started thinking about implications for “Right to be Forgotten.”

Canada’s supreme court has ruled that the country’s courts can order Google to remove search results all over the world after a long-running case between Vancouver-based tech company Equustek and distributor Datalink Technologies. In 2012, Equustek asked Google to remove Datalink search results after the distributor was accused of relabelling one of its products and selling it as its own online. Google proceeded to remove web pages associated with Datalink on the Canadian version of its search engine but the supreme court of British Columbia subsequently ordered the company to expand the de-indexing order worldwide.

Read more on Telecompaper.