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Facebook and Instagram Asks Users to Enable ATT Tracking In Order to Keep Services 'Free of Charge'

As a way to convince users to enable tracking across other apps and websites, Facebook is deploying the tactic of telling users that they must enable tracking as part of the App Tracking Transparency framework in iOS 14.5 if they want to help and keep Facebook and Instagram "free of charge." ATT or App Tracking Transparency is the newest privacy feature to come to iPhone and iPad devices as part of the iOS 14.5 update, released to the public last week. With the new update, apps are now requir...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Att, Facebook Instagram, Twitter Facebook, Ashkan Soltani, App Tracking Transparency, Instagram Asks Users


Facebook and Instagram Ask Users to Enable App Tracking in Order to Keep Services 'Free of Charge'

As a way to convince users to enable tracking across other apps and websites, Facebook is deploying the tactic of telling users that they must enable tracking as part of the App Tracking Transparency framework in iOS 14.5 if they want to help keep Facebook and Instagram "free of charge." App Tracking Transparency or ATT is the newest privacy feature to come to iPhone and iPad devices as part of the iOS 14.5 update, released to the public last week. With the new update, apps are now required t...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Att, Facebook Instagram, Twitter Facebook, Ashkan Soltani, App Tracking Transparency


Don’t Blame the ACLU for Facebook's Ills

Earlier this week, folks in tech-savvy onlookers were utterly scandalized when a tweet thread from former Federal Trade Commission CTO Ashkan Soltani began being passed around. In it, Soltani calls out the American Civil Liberties Union for committing one of the cardinal sins of the tech privacy sphere: sharing data…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Software, Aclu, World Wide Web, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, American Civil Liberties Union, Ashkan Soltani, Soltani, Gotcha, Matt Bors, the Facebook


Privacy Advocate Confronts ACLU Over Its Use of Google and Facebook's Targeted Advertising

Ashkan Soltani was the Chief Technologist of America's Federal Trade Commission in 2014 — and earlier was a staff technologist in its Division of Privacy and Identity Protection helping investigate tech companies including Google and Facebook Friday on Twitter he accused another group of privacy violations: the nonprofit rights organization, the American Civil Liberties Union. Yesterday, the ACLU updated their privacy statement to finally disclose that they share constituent information with ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, America, Tech, Aclu, Mozilla, Federal Trade Commission, American Civil Liberties Union, Ashkan Soltani, Soltani, John Gilmore, Identity Protection, Alex Fowler


Gift Guide: The best books for 2020 recommended by VCs and TechCrunch writers (Part 1)

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. This is Part 1 of the Best Books gift guide. Part 2 with even more selections will be posted shortly. 2020 was a tough year for all of us, but a strong one for books (how often do you get to say that?). Sales are up, driven by lockdowns, boredom, and the need for escape. Yet, 2020 also felt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Spotify, Japan, England, London, Snowden, France, Stanford, Nsa, China, America, Book Review, Tech, Nike


Tech-publisher coalition backs new push for browser-level privacy controls

Remember ‘Do Not Track‘? The tracker-loving adtech industry hopes you don’t recall that decade+ doomed attempt to bake user-friendly privacy controls into browsers. But a coalition of privacy-forward tech companies, publishers and advocacy groups has taken the wraps off of a push to develop a new standard that gives Internet users a super simple way to put digital guardrails around their data. The effort to bake in a new browser-level privacy signal to stop the sale of personal data — which has ...
Tags: Firefox, Europe, California, Washington Post, Wordpress, Tech, Eu, New York Times, Mozilla, GPC, Doj, Financial Times, Cto, Ftc, AG, Ashkan Soltani


Andrew Yang Takes Lead In California Data Privacy Measure

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Fitbits on our wrists collect our health and fitness data; Apple promises privacy but lots of iPhone apps can still share our personal information; and who really knows what they’re agreeing to when a website asks, “Do You Accept All Cookies?” Most people just click “OK” and hope for the best, says former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. “The amount of data we’re giving up is unprecedented in human history,” says Yang, who lives in New York but is helping l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Europe, New York, Technology, California, California News, San Francisco, Tech, Ap, Aclu, Data Privacy, Federal Trade Commission, Northern California, Legislature


United Nations app to help socially distance for coronavirus 'does not work'

The United Nations announced its app 1point5 to help people social distance this week. Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox took a close look at the app, and found that “doesn’t perform the most basic of tasks.” “We tested the app on multiple phones. It didn't detect them even when well within range. Literally does not do its one job.” Excerpt: When users download 1point5, the app is supposed to alert them when another Bluetooth device comes within 1.5 metres of their own phone, or a user can choo...
Tags: Apps, Post, News, Public Health, United Nations, Un, Motherboard, Ashkan Soltani, Soltani, Joseph Cox, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Covid19, Apple United Nations, UZJshBhDPO Joseph Cox


Q&A: Apple and Google discuss their coronavirus tracing efforts

Last week, Apple and Google announced a partnership that will soon let users opt-in to a decentralized tracing tool, designed to help determine if a person has come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The opt-in system uses Bluetooth to transmit a randomized and anonymous identifier to nearby devices. A user can then choose to upload their anonymized data, which is then broadcast to other devices. If a match is found based on time spent and distance between nearby devi...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Security, Privacy, Tech, Mit, Signal, Ftc, Apple Google, Ashkan Soltani, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Apple, Google, Microsoft, WhatsApp sign open letter condemning GCHQ proposal to listen in on encrypted chats

An international coalition of civic society organizations, security and policy experts and tech companies — including Apple, Google, Microsoft and WhatsApp — has penned a critical slap-down to a surveillance proposal made last year by the UK’s intelligence agency, warning it would undermine trust and security and threaten fundamental rights. “The GCHQ’s ghost protocol creates serious threats to digital security: if implemented, it will undermine the authentication process that enables u...
Tags: UK, Gchq, Tech, Levy, Robinson, Whitehouse, Ashkan Soltani, Ian Levy, Jon Callas, Apple Google Microsoft, NCSC, Crispin Robinson, Bruce Schneier Philip Zimmermann, FTC CTO


The $5 billion fine Facebook expects to pay the FTC is a joke — on all of us (FB)

The $3 billion to $5 billion fine Facebook expects to pay to settle a Federal Trade Commission inquiry sounds big, but for the company, it really isn't. As part of its earnings report Wednesday, Facebook announced it was setting aside $3 billion to pay the potential fine, although it noted that a deal with the agency isn't yet done. Facebook has $45 billion in cash and securities on hand and generates $5 billion in cash each quarter, even after investments in property and equipment, so it can ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Tim Cook, Federal Trade Commission, Securities And Exchange Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, US Department of Justice, Facebook Even, Gene Munster, Ashkan Soltani, Cambridge Analytica, Loup Ventures, Forbes Zuckerberg


Facebook may have broken the law by harvesting 1.5 million users' email contacts, experts say (FB)

Facebook harvested 1.5 million users' email contact data without their consent, Business Insider revealed on Wednesday. In doing so, Facebook might have violated US and EU laws, experts say. The social network says it unintentionally collected the contacts and is now deleting them. It is already under investigation by US regulator the FTC for potentially violating a consent decree. Facebook harvested 1.5 million users' email contact data without their consent, and experts say that in doing so...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, London, California, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Alan Turing, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Signal, Usc, Ftc, Gdpr


Videos and Links from the Public-Interest Technology Track at the RSA Conference

Yesterday at the RSA Conference, I gave a keynote talk about the role of public-interest technologists in cybersecurity. (Video here). I also hosted a one-day mini-track on the topic. We had six panels, and they were all great. If you missed it live, we have videos: How Public Interest Technologists are Changing the World: Matt Mitchell, Tactical Tech; Bruce Schneier, Fellow and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School; and J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Foundation (Moderator). (Video here.) Public Interest...
Tags: Videos, America, Gigi Sohn, Silicon Valley, Rsa, Ford Foundation, Public Interest, Bruce Schneier, Peter Eckersley, Ashkan Soltani, Ben Wizner, Cindy Cohn, Jenny Toomey, Danny Weitzner, Schneier news, John Scott Railton


Recap of the California Assembly Hearing on the California Consumer Privacy Act

Yesterday, the California Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection held a hearing on the California Consumer Privacy Act. I believe this is the first legislative hearing ever on the law. The initial passage took place in a frenetic week, too short to notice a hearing; and I don’t believe there was a hearing for the technical amendments bill. About 100 people attended. Legislator attendance was so-so. Only 3 legislators stayed most of the time; and by the end, only Rep. Chau (the ch...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Law, Congress, California, Washington, US, Los Angeles, Eu, E-commerce, United States, Square, IMS, Berkeley, Sarah, Committee


UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an evidence session to the committee late last ...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Business Model, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States


Recent Developments Regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act

This post recaps some recent developments related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (which I’m still calling CCPA despite the IAPP’s effort to brand it CaCPA). The Technical Amendments Bill The technical amendments bill is SB 1121. The bill would do things like change “act” to “title,” “opt out” to “opt-out” and “business'” to “business’s,” so that should give you some sense of its value. For reasons that aren’t clear, the technical amendments bill misses dozens of obvious and outright err...
Tags: Google, Law, California, European Union, Eff, Silicon Valley, New York Times Magazine, Privacy/security, Google Facebook, HIPAA, AG, Ashkan Soltani, Calexico, Soltani, David Navetta, Kash Hill


White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and security researcher Ashkan Soltani says he has been denied security clearance for his new job with White HouseThe White House has denied a security clearance to a member of its technology team who previously helped report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.Ashkan Soltani, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and recent staffer at the Federal Trade Commission, recently began working with the White House on privacy, data ethics and technical outreach. The pa...
Tags: Technology, Washington Post, Snowden, Nsa, White House, US news, Edward Snowden, National Security Agency, Federal Trade Commission, Ashkan Soltani, White HouseThe White House, Edward Snowden Ashkan Soltani, Soltani


FTC Appoints EFF Board Member Lorrie Cranor As Chief Technologist

itwbennett writes: The US Federal Trade Commission has appointed Lorrie Faith Cranor as Chief Technologist. Cranor is the director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Board of Directors. She was previously a researcher at AT&T Labs Research and has also taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She will succeed Ashkan Soltani at the FTC. "Cranor has authored over 150 research papers on online ...
Tags: US Federal Trade Commission, Lorrie Cranor, FTC Appoints EFF Board, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Cranor, AT T Labs Research, Ashkan Soltani, FTC Cranor