I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too.

  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you. As consumers, we all have “secret scores”: hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on hold when calling a … Lees verder

Datadenkers – deel 3: Data delen, wat kan ’t je schelen?

  In deze blogreeks gaan we in op vragen rond persoonsgegevens. Van wie zijn ze, wat zijn ze waard en met wie worden ze gedeeld? Onderzoekers van SMIT (Studies in Media, Innovation & Technology) en LSTS (Law, Science, Technology & Society) gaan voor jou op zoek naar de geheimen én gevaren van onze digitale voetsporen. In het eerste deel stond Datadenker … Lees verder

Europese privacywaakhond waarschuwt lidstaten voor Microsoft-producten

  De Europese Toezichthouder voor gegevensbescherming (EDPS) waarschuwt overheden voor producten en diensten van Microsoft. De privacywaakhond zegt dat overheidsinstellingen van EU-lidstaten mogelijk niet voldoen aan de privacywetgeving als ze gebruikmaken van de diensten van Microsoft. De EDPS schrijft dit bericht naar aanleiding van een lopend onderzoek naar de risico’s voor de privacy van Europese … Lees verder

U.S. Using Trade Deals to Shield Tech Giants From Foreign Regulators

  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has begun inserting legal protections into recent trade agreements that shield online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from lawsuits, a move that could help lock in America’s tech-friendly regulations around the world even as they are being newly questioned at home. The protections, which stem from a 1990s … Lees verder

How Silicon Valley gamed Europe’s privacy rules

  The region’s data protection overhaul was supposed to help citizens. Instead, it’s helped Big Tech. When Europe’s tough privacy rules came into force on May 25, 2018, policymakers and industry executives expected a series of dominoes would soon start to fall. Global technology giants like Facebook would feel the heat of fines of up to 4 percent of their total yearly revenue. Companies like Google would think … Lees verder

GDPR year one: How did we make out?

  GDPR was implemented a year ago, which means it is time for an assessment. So far, fines have been minimal, but companies are still worried about complying with the privacy law. More than a year after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, many businesses still struggle to make sense … Lees verder

GDPR After One Year: Costs and Unintended Consequences

  GDPR is officially one year old. How have the first 12 months gone? As you can see from the mix of data and anecdotes below, it appears that compliance costs have been astronomical; individual “data rights” have led to unintended consequences; “privacy protection” seems to have undermined market competition; and there have been large … Lees verder

Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us. But “privacy” isn’t what’s really at stake. he reason you’ve been receiving a steady stream of privacy-policy updates from online services, some of which you may have forgotten you ever subscribed to, is that the European Union just … Lees verder