If you care about what's happening in the world of data privacy and data rights, you're in the right place.

Here's your monthly news roundup to keep you in-the-know with the latest data privacy news. We'll compile a list of top stories for you every month and send you bytes of news that's easy to find all in one place.

So far in August 2021...

Marketers’ Data Privacy Minefield: User Experience, Regulations And Consent Fatigue

"It’s relatively easy for companies to take superficial action...If we see a privacy banner that doesn’t actually give us choices, do we do anything about it?... or do we close it and move along?"

Zoom to pay $85 million settlement for privacy issues at the start of pandemic

“With the amount of money that Big Tech makes, we have a feeling that they will be just fine(d)”.
It’s time for us to get control of our data
Zoom to pay $85 million settlement for Zoombombing
Millions of people in the U.S. who used paid and free versions of Zoom during the pandemic could receive a small slice of the payout.

Pegasus spyware found on journalists’ phones, French intelligence confirms

"It’s extremely unpleasant to think that one is being spied on, that photos of your husband and children, your friends – who are all collateral victims – are being looked at; that there is no space in which you can escape. It’s very disturbing."
Pegasus spyware found on journalists’ phones, French intelligence confirms
Announcement is first time an independent and official authority has corroborated Pegasus project findings

Amazon will pay you $10 in credit for you palm print biometrics

“Is $10 enough for you to permanently give your identity?”

Rethinking Privacy: The Road To Data Ownership

"We need to understand what data we’re sharing and the associated risks (the cost) and what service we get in return (the value)."
Council Post: Rethinking Privacy: The Road To Data Ownership
Businesses that are actively showing consumers, not just by words, that they care about their privacy by providing an easy way to exercise their rights will be rewarded by higher consumer trust.

Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it

“Given the company’s rocky history with user privacy, this seems like the last sort of thing they’d want to have anything to do with, yet here we are.” – Shawn Knight / @TechSpot
Facebook is reportedly trying to analyze encrypted data without decrypting it
The social networking giant confirmed as much to The Information (paywalled), and is apparently one of several tech companies interested in a field known as homomorphic encryption....

Apple to roll out photo checking system on country-by-country basis

"Apple's photo check on the iPhone itself raised concerns that the company is probing into users' devices in ways that could be exploited by governments."

Leaked Document Says Google Fired Dozens of Employees for Data Misuse

"Motherboard previously uncovered instances at Facebook, Snapchat, and MySpace, with employees in some cases using their access to stalk or otherwise spy on users."

Leaked Document Says Google Fired Dozens of Employees for Data Misuse
Some allegations potentially center around accessing Google user or employee data.

Facebook blocks research into political ads, falsely blames FTC privacy order

"Facebook said it "disabled the accounts, apps, Pages and platform access associated with NYU's Ad Observatory Project and its operators."

Facebook blocks research into political ads, falsely blames FTC privacy order
FTC says Facebook privacy settlement doesn’t require blocking researchers.

TikTok, YouTube And Facebook Want To Appear Trustworthy. Don’t Be Fooled

As tech companies master fake transparency, regulators and civil society at large must not fall for it...We need to outline what real transparency looks like, and demand it."

Google will add privacy steps for teenagers on its search engine and YouTube

Google is rolling out #PrivacyByDefault for teens, ability to remove their images from Google Search, and more.

Send back the bad food delivery bill

Do you think the restaurants we DoorDash from are prepared to protect our data? This new bill is riddled with #dataprivacy problems

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Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy?

“As we now understand it, I’m not so worried about Apple’s specific implementation being abused,” said Alex Stamos...“The problem is, they’ve now opened the door to a class of surveillance that was never open before.”

T-Mobile Says Hack Exposed Personal Data of 40 Million People

"... a vendor in an online forum was trying to sell $270,000 worth of stolen information obtained from T-Mobile servers."

Fintech firm Plaid agrees to $58 million deal to end privacy case

Dear #Bigtech Clearly tell us what data you want to access. Ask for our consent. Compensate accordingly. It's truly that simple.
Fintech firm Plaid agrees to $58 mln deal to end privacy case
Plaid Inc has agreed to pay $58 million to resolve consumers’ claims that the financial technology company obtained and used bank account credentials and financial information without consent.

Apple Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Their iPhones

“China is Apple’s second-largest market, with probably hundreds of millions of devices. What stops the Chinese government from demanding Apple scan those devices for pro-democracy materials?”
Researchers Label Apple’s CSAM Detection System ‘Dangerous’
A serious new warning has been issued for all iPhone owners ahead of Apple’s controversial plan to scan users’ photos...

Data Brokers Know Where You Are—and Want to Sell That Intel

"I surveyed 10 major data brokers and the sensitive data they advertise. They openly and explicitly promulgate data on individuals’ demographic characteristics (from race to gender to income level) and political preferences and beliefs..."
Data Brokers Know Where You Are—and Want to Sell That Intel
These firms could track whether you’ve visited your therapist’s office or your ex’s house. And without regulation, they’re a threat to democracy.

Americans Need a Data Protection Agency

Brilliant call for #dataprivacy from @SenGillibrand "...inaction has allowed tech companies to take on a bloated role as decision-makers in our greater society, and their decisions are failing to protect consumers, competition, and our democracy."


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