The competition authority said the company could no longer combine data from different sources without explicit permission from users.
Natasha SingerGermany's ruling curbing Facebook's data-gathering practices could impact other tech giants:
“If we have similar companies creating similar problems, of course, one could take a look at those as well,” says Germany's antitrust chief.
He said Facebook users want tailored ads. According to our research, that’s not true.
Natasha SingerThis just in: "Mark Zuckerberg’s Delusion of Consumer Consent," a new op-ed from @joeprof and @hoofnagle.
"He said Facebook users want tailored ads," the professors write. "According to our research, that’s not true."
Natasha SingerIn a landmark decision this morning, the Supreme Court of Illinois just upheld the state's biometric information privacy act -- ruling against the Six Flags amusement park which had fingerprinted a child without his, or his parents', written consent.
In new tests, Amazon’s system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.
Natasha SingerWhat do companies do when M.I.T. researchers find their facial recognition systems have race and gender biases?
a) agree and improve the technology (Microsoft and IBM)
b) argue the researchers' findings are incorrect and irrelevant (Amazon)
In January, 2019, as part of Global Week at Castilleja School, 12th graders took a four-day workshop called “Tech For Good: Making Digital…
Natasha SingerWhat happens when you ask 12th graders to write their own federal privacy law?
They give consumers data access rights; they require specific opt-in consent for political, health and other sensitive data; and they double the FTC's annual budget.
Some doctors warn that Facebook is becoming an arbiter of users’ mental distress without proving that its efforts are accurate, effective or safe.
Natasha SingerOn Facebook's suicide alert program, @JohnTorousMD says: “It’s hard to know what Facebook is actually picking up on, what they are actually acting on, and are they giving the appropriate response to the appropriate risk.
It’s black box medicine.”
Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.
Natasha Singer1/ In another groundbreaking investigation, @gabrieldance@laforgia@nickconfessore report that Facebook gave Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo + other companies access to users' private messages, contacts and other personal data without their awareness or consent
Tired of endless phone trees and long hold times? You may find that using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is a better way to get attention from the airlines.
Natasha Singerfurther to social credit scoring:
American Airlines monitors Twitter for complaints and analyzes users’ bios, their number of followers and their conversation history with the airline to decide which customers to respond to first, writes @jonathan_wolfe
The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari thinks Silicon Valley is an engine of dystopian ruin. So why do the digital elite adore him so?
Natasha Singer.@nelliebowles on @harari_yuval's view of Silicon Valley: "It made him sad, he told me, to see people build things that destroy their own societies, but he works every day to ... remind himself that humans are just animals. 'This is what they do.'"
Turns out, you can’t create an idyllic global village by fetishizing connecting people. In the most recent chapter of the book on why Silicon Valley still doesn’t get it, the New York Times recently…
Natasha SingerWherein @EvanSelinger+@hartzog issue a privacy challenge to Facebook over public profiles: "Let users hide everything. Don’t just push for federal privacy laws... Show the world that you can do better, even when it comes at the expense of your bottom line"
When N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced a $6.6 million purchase of iPads to support early grade literacy in August,
Natasha SingerApple spent $5372.40 treating the North Carolina state superintendent and other officials on a trip to Cupertino, including dinner at the Basin in Saratoga, reports NC Policy Watch. This month, the supe announced a $6.6 million deal for iPads in schools.
In “Bitwise,” David Auerbach charts a middle course in his exploration of the good and the bad of our tech-enabled lives.
Natasha SingerNYT Book Review on "Bitwise," the new book from @auerbachkeller: "He suggests that we need to be bitwise (i.e., understand the world through the lens of computers) as well as worldwise. We must 'be able to translate our ideas between the two realms.'”
The tobacco industry says it no longer tries to hook new generations of smokers. So what’s behind the legions of beautiful young people in smoking, vaping and partying posts with the same hashtags?
Natasha Singer1/This story about Big Tobacco using Instagram to hook teens on Juul is a must- read @BySheilaKaplan The industry that brought us the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel, she writes, has latched onto the selfie generation in a way that skirts old advertising rules
With California setting a benchmark for restrictions, companies are lobbying to supersede it with proposals that would give them wide leeway on how they handled personal data.
Natasha SingerTech giants are aggressively lobbying the Trump administration to outline a federal privacy law, writes @ceciliakang. The purpose? To overrule the new California privacy law + supersede it with kinder rules giving companies wide leeway over personal data