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‘Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal’

“The Chinese government blocks information on the internet about political opponents, free speech, sex, news, and academic studies…”

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‘A reporter went undercover as a Facebook moderator and was trained not to delete certain racist memes and images of child abuse’

“Channel 4 spoke with Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who has become a critic of the company over issues including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. He said Facebook stood to benefit from extreme content.”

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On yesterday’s Radar I posted about how home DNA test results will now be shared with mega pharma corp Glaxo, and along comes another article showing just how dangerous these ancestry sites are:

‘Canada is using ancestry DNA websites to help it deport people’

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‘Drug giant Glaxo teams up with DNA testing company 23andMe’

Do you want your gene sequence in the hands of any private corporation? Sounds like the beginning of a sci-fi horror…

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‘Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative’

“The campaign to pass the California Consumer Privacy Act is almost wholly funded by Bay Area real estate developer Alastair Mactaggart… He started working on the initiative about four years ago, after hearing a Google engineer say the public would be frightened to learn how much data the company holds on consumers.”

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‘Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse’

“Smart home technology can be easily harnessed for misuse for several reasons… Usually, one person in a relationship takes charge of putting in the technology, knows how it works and has all the passwords. This gives that person the power to turn the technology against the other person.”

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‘Apple strikes blow to Facebook as it clamps down on data harvesting’

“Onavo ostensibly provides users with a free virtual private network (VPN) which, it claims, helps “keep you and your data safe when you browse and share information on the web”. What is not immediately obvious is that it feeds information to Facebook about what other apps you are using and how much you are using them back to the social networking giant.”

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‘GDPR attacks: First Google, Facebook, now activists go after Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn’

“in some cases they don't let people use their services at all unless they consent to having their data exploited in ways that are not strictly necessary for delivering the core service. This all-or-nothing approach undermines the concept of consent, according to the new law.”

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An easy-to-read guide to how data companies get our data, from Privacy International:

“Data companies – a catch all term for data brokers, advertisers, marketers, web trackers, and more – facilitate a hidden data ecosystem that collects, generates and supplies data to wide variety of beneficiaries.”

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‘Privacy is power’

“Privacy was once misconstrued as being about hiding and secrecy. Now it’s understood to be something much more pressing: power dynamics between the individual, the state and the market.”

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‘Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent’’

“Schrems argues that the companies are using a strategy of “forced consent” to continue processing the individuals’ personal data — when in fact the law requires that users be given a free choice unless a consent is strictly necessary for provision of the service.”

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‘When the business model *is* the privacy violation’

“In other situations, the intended use is the privacy violation. The most prominent example is the tracking of our online and offline habits for targeted advertising. This business model is exactly what people object to, for a litany of reasons: targeting is creepy, manipulative, discriminatory, and reinforces harmful stereotypes.”

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‘GDPR will pop the adtech bubble’

“tracking people without their knowledge, approval or a court order is just flat-out wrong. The fact that it can be done is no excuse. Nor is the monstrous sum of money made by it.”

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‘A Smart Doorbell Company Is Working With Cops to Report ‘Suspicious’ People and Activities’

“ill-conceived neighborhood-watch platforms can also be breeding grounds for racial profiling, giving people safe (and poorly moderated) spaces to discriminate”

(You’re installing a device that gives access to your family’s comings-and-goings to the corporation and any third parties with whom they choose to share that information.)

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‘Cambridge Analytica Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg’

“We have the opportunity to help explain the situation as more of an environmental problem—privacy is about me… but surveillance is about other people, especially more vulnerable people, and the ways in which they can be exploited or manipulated through the use of vast collections of data and algorithmic governance.”—Siva Vaidhyanathan

‘The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg’

“With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it’s growing more influential by the day. It’s vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn’t reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims.”

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‘Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach’

(From the video:) “we’d only need to touch a couple hundred thousand people to expand into their entire social network, which would scale to most of America”

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