• Data privacy activist Max Schrems takes aim at ‘forced consent' in wake of GDPR

    25 days ago - By Venture Beat

    As Europe's new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them. Austrian Max Schrems filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, arguing they were acting illegally by forcing users to ac...
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  • AI Has a Big Privacy Problem and Europe's New Data Protection Law Is About to Expose It

    AI Has a Big Privacy Problem and Europe's New Data Protection Law Is About to Expose It

    25 days ago - By Fortune

    “Artificial intelligence” technology is on a roll these days, but it's about to hit a major blockage: Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation .
    The privacy law, which came into effect across the EU on Friday, has several elements that will make life very difficult for companies building machine learning systems, according to a leading Internet law academic.
    “Big data is completely opposed to the basis of data protection,” said Lilian Edwards, a law professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. “I think people have been very glib about saying we can make the two...
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  • Google and Facebook are already accused of breaking GDPR laws

    25 days ago - By Fast Company

    Both companies are engaging in “forced consent” according to privacy group noyb.eu.
    Both companies are engaging in “forced consent” according to privacy group noyb.eu. Forced consent is a “take it or leave it approach” where a company requires that users opt into data terms it sets or blocks them from accessing their service entirely. In a brief outlining their complaint , noyb.eu says:
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  • New privacy law forces some U.S. media offline in Europe

    25 days ago - By Reuters

    LONDON - Major U.S.-media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune were forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe on Friday following the roll out of stringent new privacy regulations by the European Union.
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  • Amid confusion, EU data privacy law goes into effect

    25 days ago - By Chron

    LONDON - Lars Andersen's business handles some of the most sensitive data there is - the names and phone numbers of children.
    The owner of London-based My Nametags, which makes personalized nametags to iron into children's clothing, says protecting that information is fundamental to his business, which operates in 130 countries.
    But starting Friday, My Nametags and most other companies that collect or process the personal information of EU residents must take a number of extra precautions to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation, which the EU calls the most sweeping change...
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  • Why A Europe-Wide Data Protection Law Matters To Others

    25 days ago - By NPR

    David Greene talks to Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data Protection commissioner, about a Europe-wide law that takes effect Friday, which also affects Internet users in the U.S. and globally.
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  • Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe's new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation , is now being applied - and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to companies' ‘take it or leave it' stance when it comes to consent.
    The complaints have been filed on behalf of individual users - with one filed against Facebook ; one against Facebook-owned Instagram ; one against Facebook-owned WhatsApp ; and one against Google's Android .
    Schrems argues that the companies are using a strategy of...
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  • Activists Are Already Targeting Google and Facebook Over Europe's New Data Privacy Law That Went Live Today

    26 days ago - By Fortune

    Europe's sweeping new data privacy regime came into effect this morning, and privacy activists are not wasting time in flexing their muscles. One organization has already made official data protection complaints about Google , Facebook , WhatsApp and Instagram, while another is going after the shadowy data brokers that trade people's information behind the scenes.
    The complaints about Google, Facebook and Facebook's subsidiaries come from a group called None Of Your Business -a non-profit founded by the very successful serial Facebook litigant Max Schrems. Schrems, the Austrian lawyer who...
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