The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Google alleging the company has been collecting and data mining children’s data and Internet searches on their Google-sponsored Chromebooks, despite signing a legally enforceable Student Privacy Pledge.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the birth of his daughter with the creation of a $45 billion dollar charity initiative in an open letter he posted on the social network earlier this week. The initiative has sparked criticisms from critics wary of the charity’s LLC status, which gives Zuckerberg and Chan more flexibility in how the money can be used.
Facebook authorities have agreed to meet with the Banglesh government to increase cyber security measures. In particular, the deal will focus on measures to stop violence against women occurring over, or because of information spread through the social network.
Yahoo briefly experimented with blocking people using ad-blocking software. Users who tried to log in to their Yahoo mail were prompted to turn off their ad blocker. The experiment was abruptly discontinued following complaints.
Austrian privacy campaigner, Max Schrems, has filed complaints with the data protection agencies of Ireland, Germany and Belgium, demanding they stop Facebook from transferring data of EU citizens over to the United States.
The Republic of Kazakhstan will require that all Internet users within the country install national security certificates, which could be used to track traffic going in and out of the country.
The NSA’s bulk surveillance expired as of midnight on November 30th. Under the new system, NSA analysts and law enforcement will be required to get a court order to gain access to phone records. All metadata that has been collected through the program will be preserved through February 29th.
New lending startups are looking at potential borrowers’ phone records to assess creditworthiness, using variables such the number of texts sent and received, miles traveled, or even how frequently they charge their phone, in lieu of absent credit histories.
There was a congressional hearing on the new email privacy bill earlier this week.