You may have noticed your inbox filling up with privacy notices and pop-up windows on your favorite websites alerting you to cookies they are using. You're not alone. We are all seeing it. The question is why?If you live in the United States, you may never have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but it is something most businesses are taking note of for a very good reason. The GDPR is essentially a set of rules governing the collection and storage of all private information online for citizens of the European Union. It was passed in April of 2016, but it go into full enforcement until today, May 25, 2018.Anyone who has a business with a website or app, even those who don't do business with European citizens (but especially those who do), should be aware of what the GDPR is and what it requires of them. So, here's a primer.The GDPR was designed to make the collection and storage of personal information more transparent. If you remember Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's … [Read more...] about What’s With All the Privacy Notices and Website Cookie Notifications?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Privacy notices filling up your inbox? Here's why There's been a flood of e-mails advising Web users of privacy-policy changes. Stemming from European rules, they can help U.S. users, too. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Rob Pegoraro, Special for USA TODAY Published 6:00 a.m. ET May 1, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Almost everybody who uses an online service or app that handles their data has been getting a flood of emails advising of privacy-policy changes. And it’s not the U.S. behind the tech industry’s recent flurry of updates. Instead, the European Union has … [Read more...] about Privacy notices filling up your inbox? Here’s why
(MoneyWatch) Getting apps for a Google (GOOG) Android phone is just as easy as adding software to an Apple (AAPL) iPhone. Go to the appropriate store and download the apps you want, providing a credit card number for the paid ones and nothing for the free apps. However, there is one difference. Apple keeps the identities of users under wraps. If you buy an Android app, Google sends personal information to the developer without explicitly telling you, according to an Australian developer. This is just the latest incarnation of privacy problems that have dogged Google over the years. According to a News.com.au interview with one such developer, the information transfer could be a "side effect" of Google's continuing integration of its properties. Or, it could be "a deliberate decision was made to provide that information to developers through the Google Checkout Portal, without conveying to users that the policy had been changed." Latest earnings bode well for GoogleGoogle out patents … [Read more...] about Google privacy issues in forefront again
(CBS News) Facebook users may have seen a status update masquerading as a legally-binding privacy notice in their news feeds in the last month. Those hoping for a little bit of protection for their photos, videos and status updates may be disappointed. There are several versions of the notice - all of them suggesting that by making a declaration, somehow their content is protected. That is simply not true. The myth-busting site Snopes.com debunked the viral status update on Monday, saying that the disclaimer will not provide privacy protection on Facebook. Here's a comprehensive sample of the privacy notice posted at Slate: For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Viral “Facebook privacy notice” is a hoax