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“Today, Privacy International has filed complaints against seven data brokers (Acxiom, Oracle), ad-tech companies (Criteo, Quantcast, Tapad), and credit referencing agencies (Equifax, Experian) with data protection authorities in France, Ireland, and the UK. Privacy International urges the data protection authorities to investigate these companies and to protect individuals from the mass exploitation of their data. Our complaints target companies that, despite exploiting the data of millions of people, are not household names and therefore rarely have their practices challenged. In tandem with the complaints, we have today launched a campaign to seek to empower people and make it easier to demand that these companies delete our data.”

Source : Privacy International files complaints against seven companies for wide-scale and systematic infringements of data protection law | Privacy International

Cathy O'Neil

“Les ADM se nourrissent les unes les autres. Les gens pauvres ont tendance à présenter un mauvais score de crédit et à vivre dans des quartiers à forte criminalité, entourés d’autres individus pauvres. Une fois ces données digérées, le sordide univers des ADM les bombarde de publicités prédatrices pour des prêts hypothécaires de type subprime ou des écoles à but lucratif. Il déploie plus de policiers pour les arrêter et, lorsqu’ils sont condamnés, leur inflige des peines de prisons plus longues…” – Cathy O’Neil

Source : « Algorithmes, la bombe à retardement » : un cri d’alarme citoyen

Fix Facebook

“The rash of news coverage was no accident: NTK is an affiliate of Definers, sharing offices and staff with the public relations firm in Arlington, Va. Many NTK Network stories are written by staff members at Definers or America Rising, the company’s political opposition-research arm, to attack their clients’ enemies. While the NTK Network does not have a large audience of its own, its content is frequently picked up by popular conservative outlets, including Breitbart. Mr. Miller acknowledged that Facebook and Apple do not directly compete. Definers’ work on Apple is funded by a third technology company, he said, but Facebook has pushed back against Apple because Mr. Cook’s criticism upset Facebook.”

Source : Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis – The New York Times

“Le Conseil d’Etat a jugé, le 18 octobre, que le fichier des titres électroniques sécurisés (fichier TES) ne constitue pas une atteinte disproportionnée à la vie privée. Cette décision montre une fois de plus que, par nos choix, nous faisons de l’informatique la meilleure ou la pire des choses – en l’occurrence la pire. Elle illustre aussi l’incapacité du pouvoir, ici judiciaire, à tenir compte de l’avis de la communauté scientifique, mais aussi l’incroyable confiance en la sécurité des systèmes informatiques que provoque l’ignorance.”

Source : Le « mégafichier », mythe de l’infaillibilité informatique

Facebook Portal Kitchen

“The biggest question surrounding the device: Why should anyone trust Facebook enough to put Facebook-powered microphones and video cameras in their living room or kitchen? Given Facebook’s year of privacy and security issues, privacy around the device — including what data Facebook collects and how it’s used — has been an important part of the story surrounding Portal.”

Source : It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads – Recode

“When we use data to create better experiences for you, we work hard to do it in a way that doesn’t compromise your privacy. One example is our pioneering use of Differential Privacy, where we scramble your data and combine it with the data of millions of others. So we see general patterns, rather than specifics that could be traced back to you. These patterns help us identify things like the most popular emoji, the best QuickType suggestions, and energy consumption rates in Safari.”

Source : Privacy – Apple

“Under the new law, all new internet-connected devices made or sold in California with a default password will be required to make that password unique and secure for every single device. That means no more devices shipped with username/password combos of “admin/admin,” for example. It’s far from a panacea—and really, why aren’t you using a password manager already—but it’s a step towards at least a minimal baseline of security in our internet-of-things addled future.”

Source : California Is Making It Illegal for Devices to Have Shitty Default Passwords – Motherboard

iOS Forensics

“One company specialising in mobile forensics is telling investigators not to even look at phones with Face ID, because they might accidentally trigger this mechanism. “iPhone X: don’t look at the screen, or else… The same thing will occur as happened on Apple’s event,” the slide, from forensics company Elcomsoft, reads. Motherboard obtained the presentation from a non-Elcomsoft source, and the company subsequently confirmed its veracity.”

Source : Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out – Motherboard

Google+ Bug

“Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect in May of this year, requires companies to notify regulators of breaches within 72 hours, under threat of a maximum fine of 2% of world-wide revenue. The information potentially leaked via Google’s API would constitute personal information under GDPR, but because the problem was discovered in March, it wouldn’t have been covered under the European regulation”.

Source : Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public – WSJ

“Exit donc Cambridge Analytica ? Pas vraiment ! En réalité, les équipes chargées de ces opérations ne se sont pas dispersées ; leurs algorithmes et leurs bases de données n’ont pas disparu. En fait, les stratèges électoraux du président Trump ont effectué une restructuration juridique et financière de leurs sociétés, sans se soucier de la tempête médiatique, qui s’est déjà essoufflée. Leur objectif à court terme est de mettre leurs talents au service des républicains lors les élections de mi-mandat, qui se dérouleront le 6 novembre. Par ailleurs, ils ont déjà lancé la campagne en vue de la réélection de Donald Trump en 2020”.

Source : Cambridge Analytica est morte, vive Data Propria !

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