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‘LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising’

“LinkedIn processed the email addresses of 18 million non-members and targeted them with advertising on Facebook without permission, an audit by the [Irish] Data Protection Commissioner has found.”

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💙 New blocking rules! On 23rd November 2018 Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked three blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-three new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

‘How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good’

“this is being interpreted by data experts as the regulator stating that consent to processing personal data cannot be gained through a framework arrangement which bundles a number of uses behind a single “I agree” button that, when clicked, passes consent to partners via a contractual relationship.”

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‘Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’’

“What gives you this right, and why weren’t we asked about this before you and Summit invaded our privacy in this way?”

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‘Privacy Activists Take On Oracle and Equifax Over Shadowy Profiling’

“‘The world is being rebuilt by companies and governments so that they can exploit data. Without urgent and continuous action, data will be used in ways that people cannot now even imagine, to define and manipulate our lives without us beginning to understand why or being able to effectively fight back,’ said Frederike Kaltheuner, who heads up Privacy International’s data exploitation program.”

‘Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis’

“As evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view.”

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I’m speaking at AraCon in Berlin in January. Let me know if you’ll be there too.

‘Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move’

“Now that Streams is a Google product itself, that promise appears to have been broken, says privacy researcher Julia Powles: ‘Making this about semantics is a sleight of hand. DeepMind said it would never connect Streams with Google. The whole Streams app is now a Google product. That is an atrocious breach of trust, for an already beleaguered product.’”

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Better Blocker 2018.2 release for macOS and iOS

What’s new?

• Even simpler interface, consistent across the macOS and iOS versions.

• Displays version and last update information for blocking rules.

• Exceptions is now called the Do Not Block list.

• macOS: Fixes El Capitan crash.

• Comes bundled with the latest blocking rules.

‘The quest to design an ethical social media platform’

“Ads are the traditional funding source for social platforms; they take users' personal data and serve it to advertisers who want their ads to reach a specific audience. This virtually ensures a fundamentally exploitative business model based on surveillance, says Laura Kalbag, a designer and the co-founder of digital justice not-for-profit”

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New blocking rules! On 3rd November 2018, Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked four blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-six new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

‘We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.’

“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”

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‘Facebook and Google are run by today’s robber barons. Break them up’

“Today, we have a new set of robber barons, running digital monopolies and again receiving disproportionate benefits from the disruption brought about by new technology. History tells us we will need to regulate their monopolies just as we regulated previous monopolies.”

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‘This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise’

“I can just think of how cigarette and alcohol companies could use strategies like this, or other industries that could really have more harmful effects on people,” [Christine Bannan, the consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.

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We’ve updated Better’s blocking rules for 22nd October 2018.

To get the updated rules, just open the Better app.

To see what’s been updated see our News page:

:indieHeart: Laura

‘Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia’

@aral recorded this video with BBC Ideas back in July. It gives a brief introduction to surveillance capitalism, complete with animation.

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‘Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data’

“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”

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‘Just Don’t Call It Privacy’

“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”

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‘Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information’

“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books…”

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‘Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts’

“Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts… The company also disclosed that app developers generally are free to share the data with others”

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