Category: Legal: Privacy

Report: Most consumers think companies aren’t doing enough to protect their data

Consumers are still confused about how their privacy is being handled and want companies to do more to protect them, according to new research released Tuesday by digital advertising platform Choozle. According to the report, a full 89 percent of...

/ July 10, 2018

Despite marketers’ optimism about new privacy laws, massive data breaches continue to rock consumers’ trust

With the enactment of new data privacy laws comes the expectation that consumer privacy will be better maintained. But will the new rules help stem the seemingly endless reports of data breaches? I talked to some marketers who are hoping...

/ July 6, 2018

Report: Feds widen scope of Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal probe

Federal investigators have widened their investigation into Facebook’s role regarding ads targeting millions of its users by data firm Cambridge Analytica, according to a report in The Washington Post. Five anonymous sources told the Post that the FBI, the Securities and Exchange...

/ July 3, 2018

California lawmakers approve highly contested new data privacy rules, staving off a November ballot initaitve

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will give residents of that state the highest level of data privacy protection in the nation. The California Consumer Privacy Act gives consumers an array of new rights, including the right...

/ July 2, 2018

Blockchain powered Killi wants users to ‘own their identity,’ make money from brands

It’s an idea that has been around for years: Consumers should control and explicitly sell their data for compensation. It’s implied in many data-collection systems today (e.g., “give us your email for 10 percent off”); however Killi is the first...

/ June 26, 2018

Facebook’s latest data faux pas: app analytics reports sent to the wrong people

Facebook’s data security issues have turned into a nonstop game of whack-a-mole. After having to alert 14 million users that their privacy settings had been switched to public because of a bug earlier this month, Facebook confirms it sent app...

/ June 22, 2018

In major privacy win, US Supreme Court says cops need warrant to access cell phone location

Police will no longer be able to access cell phone location data without a warrant. That’s a ruling that the US Supreme Court handed down today, in a victory for privacy advocates. The 5-4 decision (.pdf) brings mobile phone location...

/ June 22, 2018

Survey: 58% will share personal data under the right circumstances

Another day, another survey on consumer privacy. And like many of the others, a new survey (.pdf) from Acxiom and trade group DMA seeks to put a positive spin on mixed results. The big takeaway is that most US consumers...

/ June 20, 2018