Jan 182018
 January 18, 2018  Breaches, Business, Non-U.S., Online No Responses »

Eleanor Dickinson reports:

Digital marketing agency Social Metric has been rapped by Singapore’s data privacy watchdog for a “flagrant privacy breach” that saw peoples’ personal details made available online.


The agency, which is owned by New Union, was fined S$18,000 by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission for displaying personal details of 558 people – including 155 children – on its website.

In a recent ruling by the PDPC, the agency was said to have stored details on nine publicly available webpages of peoples’ names, emails, date of birth, employers and occupations, although only the names and ages of the children listed.

Read more on Mumbrella Asia.

To be clear, some of why they were penalized was because even after they became aware of the data protection breach, they only removed three of the nine pages that contained personal  information of site visitors that should have been deleted after the marketing campaigns had ended.

Jan 172018
 January 17, 2018  Business, Online No Responses »

WARC writes:

Online data collection and use that run counter to the sort of behaviour one would expect in the real world can have a significant impact on purchase intent.

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Leslie K. John, associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, Tami Kim, assistant professor of marketing at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and Kate Barasz, assistant professor of marketing at IESE Business School in Barcelona, warn that using online “surveillance” to sell products can lead to a consumer backlash.

Their research has explored two aspects of this, the first being how acceptable consumers find the ways Google and Facebook use their personal data to generate ads.

Read more on WARC.

Thanks to the reader who sent this link.

Jan 172018
 January 17, 2018  Business, Featured News No Responses »

Zack Whittaker reports:

Amazon has a transparency problem.

ZDNet has been all over Amazon on their transparency or lack-of-meaningful-transparency reports for quite a while. Read Zack’s report and you’ll understand the significance of what Amazon isn’t telling us in their reports.  Kudos to Zack and ZDNet for staying on this issue.

Read more on ZDNet.

Jan 172018

Charlie Savage reports:

The Senate cleared the path on Tuesday for Congress to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting bipartisan calls to first vote on amendments that would have imposed significant new privacy protections when the program sweeps up Americans’ emails.

The vote, 60 to 38, narrowly overcame a procedural obstacle to an up-or-down vote on the surveillance extension bill, showing that there is probably sufficient support in the Senate to give it final approval and send it to President Trump’s desk this week.

Read more on The New York Times.