Data protection activists are up in arms as Google buys up Nest Labs for over €2bn. Nest Labs gathers data on consumer habits in the home. It potentially takes Google from Street-View, into Home-View.
We hear the words data breach, and we gasp in horror. Then we go on as before. There are so many leaks, it's hard to care. Is there any use protecting personal data? Perhaps the post-privacy movement had a point.
Facebook has said personal data on 87 million users was shared with Cambridge Analytica, millions more than it admitted earlier. The social media giant also unveiled new privacy rules, but the whiff of scandal lingers.
The social media giant Facebook will have to go to court over its "tag suggestions" tool after a US judge approved a class action lawsuit against the company. The company has been grappling with a privacy crisis.
The public admission of wrongdoing by the Facebook CEO and his pledge to improve are welcome, but not sufficient. It's time to recognize that Facebook, Google and others are modern utilities — and treat them accordingly.
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