Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Google has had their share of problems with authorities in Europe regarding data collection practices. Now South Korea has targeted Google for allegedly collecting and storing data against local laws. Specifically, Google is targeting the AdMob division, which handles ads on mobile platforms….

Many in the West reacted negatively when Google kowtowed to the Chinese government’s demands to censor its Chinese search engine At the time Google said that it would monitor conditions in the country and make adjustments in policy as necessary. Looks like that time has come. Agents who may have been working on behalf of the the Chinese government have apparently attempted a coordinated hacking attack against Google and over a dozen other major corporations. In Google’s case it seems like the purpose was to access email accounts of suspected anti-government activists. In light of this situation Google has…

The tool is called “Ad Interest Manager” and it lets you opt-in and out of ads based on interests and preferences. Here’s a screenshot: The Ad Interest Manager also shows you what Yahoo! activities you conduct the most. They use this to help determine which ads to serve up to you, personally. Last but not least, the Ad Interest Manager displays information about your IP address, location, age range, and gender which are gained from your computer and cookies. Ads can also be served up to you based on that information. I’m not posting a screenshot of my info -…

If you are a blogger in the US your life is about to change big-time. You have just entered the Twilight Zone… New FTC guidelines (read full version) described in the official press release state: 1 – “the post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement. Thus, bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.” and 2 – the revised Guides reflect Commission case law and clearly state that both advertisers and endorsers may be liable for false…

Facebook has been working with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to come up with solutions to concerns that the office has. The updates will take up to 12 months to implement and involve three types of adjustments.

New Notifications

Facebook will work to encourage users to review their privacy settings. The goal is to help members make sure that they’re aware of the default settings and to change the settings to reflect their own preferences.

Additions to Facebook’s Privacy Policy

Facebook’s Privacy Policy will be updated to provide descriptions of a number of privacy practices. Included will be reasons for date of birth data collection, account memorialization for deceased users, the difference between deactivation and deletion and how Facebook’s advertising programs work.

These updates will be subject to a notice and comment period by Facebook members.

Technical changes for third-party data collection

A new permissions model will require third-party applications to inform users about which types of information they want to access. It will also require third parties to get consent before data is shared. Users will have to approve access to their friends’ information. However, friend data would still be protected by their individual privacy settings.

What do you think of Facebook’s plans for privacy updates? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.