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The scourge of data brokers.

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If you haven't seen it yet, this segment from John Oliver about data brokers is worth a watch, particularly the magnificent ending.

Added on the 17th of April, 2022 Details

Facebook app tracks iPhone movements.

Because they aren't creepy enough, Facebook have been found to be using the accelerometer on iPhones to track all their owners' movements. Just delete your account.

Linked on the 14th of January, 2022 Details

Stop facial recognition algorithms from using your photos.

Fawkes is a piece of software that modifies your photos in a non-visible way to stop facial recognition models from indexing them and associating them with you. Basically poisoning the machine-learning well.

Linked on the 7th of January, 2022 Details

Facebook's "GDPR bypass" gets validated by the Irish DPC.

The Irish Data Protection Commission just validated Facebook's "unusual" reading of the GDPR. Facebook having its European HQ in Ireland doesn't inspire faith in their impartiality, of course.

Max Schrems:

The DPC developed the 'GDPR bypass' with Facebook, that it is now greenlighting as a regulator. Instead of a regulator, it acts as a ‘big tech’ advisor.

It's probable the other European DPCs won't let this pass but it's more proof the system needs an overhaul.

Linked on the 13th of October, 2021 Details

Grandmother posting Facebook photos of her grandchildren violates GDPR privacy rule, court says.

Good. More of this, please.

Linked on the 24th of May, 2020 Details

Privacy is a collective concern

When we tell companies about ourselves, we give away details about others, too. This annoys me so much I've often been tempted to block communication with people on gmail as I don't want google hoovering up my personal discussions and relationships.

Unfortunately, it would probably kill a good third of my email, much of it work-related, so I have to live with my privacy being invaded because others don't care or don't understand.

Linked on the 13th of November, 2019 Details