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 news bytes that are easy to find in one place.

Here's what has happened so far in November 2021...

Facebook to shut facial recognition system and delete 1bn ‘faceprints’

Firm says decision is in response to growing concerns over software that identifies users in photos and videos.
Facebook to shut facial recognition system and delete 1bn ‘faceprints’
Firm says decision is in response to growing concerns over software that identifies users in photos and videos

Facebook, Citing Social Concerns, Plans to Shut Down Facial Recognition System

ICYMI - Facebook is making a move that benefits us all - deleting the billions of our biotmetric "faceprints" that they've been collecting for nearly 12 years.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/02/technology/facebook-facial-recognition.html

Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come to the Web.

The effects of the "social dilemma" are starting to be felt. How do you feel about verifying your age online, if it protects young people?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/27/technology/internet-age-check-proof.html

Robinhood hit by data breach exposing emails, names of 7M users

It's safe to say it's been quite the year for Robinhood.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/robinhood-hit-data-breach-exposing-emails-names-7m-users-rcna4928

OK, but What Should We Actually Do About Facebook? I Asked the Experts.

"...the first problem in fixing Facebook — there isn’t much agreement about what, exactly, the problem with Facebook is. "

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/opinion/facebook-experts.html

How Even Emails Leave Robin Hood Users Exposed to Financial Criminals

"...even less private information can prove risky for customers if it falls from the right place into the wrong hands. That is because it can help thieves put together a clear picture of potential targets."
How Even Emails Leave Robinhood Users Exposed to Financial Criminals
Savvy customers who ignore the latest data breach could pay dearly if they aren’t careful.

Meta Needs to Change More Than Just Its Name

"Zuckerberg’s presentation on Thursday, where he unveiled his vision for the metaverse alongside the new name, was more Elon Musk than Steve Jobs."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-29/meta-needs-to-change-more-than-just-its-name

Google worked with Facebook to undermine Apple's attempts to offer its users greater privacy protections, complaint alleges

This anti-trust lawsuit alleges that #BigTech working together to sabotage to Apple’s efforts to prevent us from getting more privacy for out data, Surprised?

https://news.yahoo.com/google-worked-facebook-undermine-apples-181511288.html

States Are Toughening Up Privacy Laws for At-Home DNA Tests

California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.
States Are Toughening Up on Genetic Privacy
California’s SB 41 is the latest to tighten regulations on the sensitive data collected by companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.

Baltimore Officially Bans Private Use of Facial Recognition Technology

More and more cities are jumping on board to protect out biometric data
Baltimore Officially Bans Private Use of Facial Recognition Technology
Yesterday, Baltimore’s local ordinance prohibiting persons from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or using certain face surveillance technology or any information obtained from certai

Facebook is rebranding itself as 'Meta

In case you’re still wondering why – this article breaks it down
Facebook is rebranding itself as ‘Meta’
Facebook, the social network, will no longer define the future of Facebook, the company that will now be known as Meta.

Evan Spiegel on the Call for Regulation

The Snap chief said that he was “impressed” by Europe’s moves, and that there was still time to “course-correct” in the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/01/business/evan-spiegel-sam-altman-new-work-summit.html

YouTube, TikTok, Snap Resist Facebook Comparison on Kids Privacy

Crazy how these days, no one wants to be compared to Facebook.
YouTube, TikTok, Snap Resist Facebook Comparison on Kids Privacy
Social media companies YouTube, TikTok and Snap sought to distance themselves from rival Facebook Inc. Tuesday as lawmakers pressed for legislation to codify privacy protections for kids and teens on their platforms.

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