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Federal court: Duggar sister privacy lawsuit can proceed

Federal court: Duggar sister privacy lawsuit can proceedA lawsuit filed by four reality show sisters can proceed against an Arkansas city that released confidential information about their alleged sexual abuse by a brother, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Joy Duggar had an expectation of privacy when officials from the city of Springdale and Washington County investigated allegations that their brother Josh sexually abused them between 2002 and 2003, when they were minors.



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Facebook Unveils Cryptocurrency Despite Privacy Concerns

Facebook Unveils Cryptocurrency Despite Privacy ConcernsFacebook reveals plans for digital currency to allow billions of users to transfer money with close to zero transaction fees.



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NZealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperate

NZealand privacy tsar accuses Facebook of failing to cooperateNew Zealand’s privacy regulator on Monday accused Facebook of failing to cooperate on tackling livestreaming in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre, saying founder Mark Zuckerberg was “disingenuous” about its systems. The gunman livestreamed his rampage at two mosques on March 15 on Facebook, with the footage proliferating widely online despite the platform saying it “quickly” removed the footage. Privacy Commissioner John Edwards said Zuckerberg was “disingenuous” in saying bad actors were going out of their way to circumvent Facebook’s systems.



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Apple highlights privacy in new services in jab at rivals

Apple highlights privacy in new services in jab at rivalsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple says its services respect your digital boundaries — and it wants you to know it.



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Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy lawApple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation – a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.



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Facebook Faces Intensifying Pressure From Washington on Privacy

Facebook Faces Intensifying Pressure From Washington on PrivacyThe suit alleges Facebook violated the district’s Consumer Protection and Procedures Act as a result of lax oversight of the company’s third-party applications. It came just hours after an explosive New York Times report that the social media giant had allowed, even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, more than 150 companies to access more users’ personal data than it had disclosed, prompting renewed calls for Congress to act.



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Google CEO testimony to Congress – LIVE: Sundar Pichai faces a grilling on privacy and China

Google CEO testimony to Congress - LIVE: Sundar Pichai faces a grilling on privacy and ChinaWeeks before Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are set to question Google CEO Sundar Pichai on issues including transparency, data collection, and filtering. The hearing is one of the latest of several hearings Republicans have set up with tech company executives, which they have said show liberal bias in their dealings. Google refused to send a representative the last time that the Judiciary interviewed the top brass of social media companies, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.



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Apple chief pushes for US privacy law to stop 'weaponizing' data

Apple chief pushes for US privacy law to stop 'weaponizing' dataApple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday said the United States needed a federal privacy law because personal information was being “weaponized” by companies against internet users to boost profits. “We at Apple are in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States,” Cook told a conference in Brussels. Gossip, he said, had become a lucrative trade for the internet giants.



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Apple's Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. at Brussels event

Apple's Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. at Brussels eventBRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is expected to praise new European privacy rules and to voice the company’s support for strong laws in Europe and the United States to protect the use of data, according to prepared remarks for delivery at a Brussels event. Cook will describe Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, as an example of how “good policy and political will can come together to protect the rights of us all,” according to the remarks, seen by Reuters ahead of a gathering of international privacy regulators on Wednesday.



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Austrian data privacy activist takes aim at 'forced consent'

Austrian data privacy activist takes aim at 'forced consent'VIENNA/LONDON (Reuters) – As Europe’s new privacy law took effect on Friday, one activist wasted no time in asserting the additional rights it gives people over the data that companies want to collect about them. Austrian Max Schrems filed complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, arguing they were acting illegally by forcing users to accept intrusive terms of service or lose access. “You have to have a ‘yes or no’ option,” Schrems said in an interview recorded in Vienna before he filed the complaints in various European jurisdictions.



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