Companies are hoarding personal data about you. Here’s how to get them to delete it.

Data deletion is complicated, and some companies mishandle requests. But it doesn’t hurt to ask. By Tatum HunterYesterday at 10:00 a.m. EDT In February, Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney who lives in San Francisco, asked audio-chat company Clubhouse to disclose how many people had shared her name and phone number with the company as part of […]

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WhatsApp fined $266M by EU privacy watchdog over data breach

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said it found violations in the way WhatsApp explained how it processed users’ and nonusers’ data and how data was shared between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies. By Stephanie Bodoni and Katharine GemmellBloomberg2 Sep 2021 Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp was ordered to pay a 225 million-euro ($266 million) penalty for failing to be […]


This California bill would protect our medical data from Big Tech (Hi, Amazon!)

BY DAVID LAZARUSBUSINESS COLUMNIST JULY 23, 2021 6 AM PT There’s a race on between the tech industry and lawmakers over your medical privacy. Big Tech is moving as fast as it can to embed its increasingly intrusive devices into people’s homes before policymakers can summon the political will to put much-needed consumer protections into place. The latest […]


EU-U.S. Data Privacy Talks Enter Second Year With No Timeline for Resolution

Court ruling last year restricted data transfers to shield EU citizens from U.S. surveillance By David UbertiJuly 21, 2021 5:30 am ET | WSJ PRO PRINT TEXT The U.S. Commerce Department is still pushing to strike a new deal with the European Union to allow companies to transfer data legally across the Atlantic, an agency official said, but […]


Concern trolls and power grabs: Inside Big Tech’s angry, geeky, often petty war for your privacy

PRIVACY Inside the World Wide Web Consortium, where the world’s top engineers battle over the future of your data. Image: Christopher T. Fong/Protocol James Rosewell could see his company’s future was in jeopardy. It was January 2020, and Google had just announced key details of its plan to increase privacy in its Chrome browser by getting rid […]


The Assault on Our Privacy Is Being Conducted in Private

July 13, 2021 By Greg Bensinger Mr. Bensinger is a member of the editorial board. “You have zero privacy anyway,” Scott McNealy, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems, infamously declared more than 20 years ago. “Get over it.” Well, you shouldn’t get over it. The rise of social media, Google and online shopping and banking has made us […]

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It’s time to take back control of our data and become active data citizens, says author

Current systems ‘don’t allow for meaningful agency,’ says data artist CBC Radio · Posted: Apr 30, 2021 2:29 PM ET | Last Updated: April 30 0 comments Spark53:59508: Democratizing Data In 2013, Hunter College High was named the saddest spot in New York City. The title was given to the Upper East Side high school by a […]

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The largest personal data leakage in Brazilian history

Why the rest of the world should be worried, and think hard about how to create a data protection culture.Luca Belli 3 February 2021 In Brazil, like in most all low-income countries with relevant population, enormous personal databases are created with little or very poor attention paid to cybersecurity and data protection concerns. On 20 January, the […]

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Health Data Privacy Is a Social Justice Issue

Big Tech needs to take the Technocratic Oath to Do No Harm RinzinFollowDec 15, 2020 · 5 min read The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our everyday life, from how we work and interact to how we think about health data privacy in the increasingly digitized world of sensors, wearables, and machine learning. While the healthcare […]

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Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects’ alibis

Looser privacy standards for vehicle data are a treasure chest of data for law enforcement. Source Law enforcement agencies are finding a treasure trove of evidence in vehicles that they can use to solve crimes.Sebastian König / for NBC NewsDec. 28, 2020, 9:18 AM ESTBy Olivia Solon On June 26, 2017, the lifeless body of […]