rDigital News: The White House, Yahoo and Facebook rethink privacy

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We willingly provide our photos, location information, and more online, often without thinking about who is using it. But, how much are you willing to share online? And more importantly, who is responsible for for policing privacy and protecting our personal online data?

We investigate these questions and more in this week’s rDigital News roundup:

White House report calls for better data privacy laws

It’s time for an upgrade. That’s the main message from a White House report advocating new privacy laws that would help protect Americans’ data online.  In a recent article published on Yahoo! Tech, AP reporters Eileen Sullivan and Julie Pace discuss the six recommendations set out in the report, including updates to laws that currently allow the government to access emails without getting a warrant from a judge.

Check out the full story here and for more on the data bargain that we enter when interacting online, check out this episode from our privacy series:

Yahoo ignores users’ requests for privacy

While the White House moves to help change the bargain we make online, existing agreements are coming under debate. “Do Not Track” is an option that, when clicked, signals that users do not wish to be monitored by for adversing purposes. A recent article on Ars Technica reports that despite efforts to standardize Do Not Track in the World Wide Web Consortium, there remains ongoing debate. According to a recent Yahoo! blog post, the news and search site will no longer be complying with Do Not Track signals.

Facebook puts people back in control of their data…kind of

Facebook’s use of the information generated from its 1.3 billion users has set the standard in today’s modern data bargain, but according to recent headlines, they are allowing users to take back some control. The social network announced Wednesday that it will enable its users to use Facebook to log-in to mobile apps and sites but limit what personal information that site or app can then access.

In short, rather than sites and apps having full access to all of your Facebook data, except for email addresses and public profile information, your information will be contained to Facebook and Facebook alone.

However, Facebook will continue to collect information about what apps its users  are active on and use data provided to target ads. 



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