Senator Rubio's new privacy bill will prevent States from ratifying their own privacy laws; I wonder what his Constituency thinks of this.
I'm astonished that the good Senator bothers to leave his home in the morning to craft what is essentially a rehash of previous ineffective legislation for his 'American Data Dissemination Act of 2019’. Perhaps he should just phone-in his CRs (Clean or Not), Bills and what-not ... I'll wager his effectiveness, efficiency and popularity would rise exponentially...
Perhaps this weekend, I'll point my admittedly jaundiced (don't forget skeptical) gaze towards Simson Garfinkel, PhD's (Dr. Garfinkel is the United States Census Bureau's Senior Computer Scientist for Confidentiality and Data Access and the Chair of the Bureau's Disclosure Review Board) superb tome targeting the oft-uttered 'death of privacy'. Entitled in a apropos fashion: 'Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century". (Please note the preceding book link is not an affiliate link to booksellers - mh). Oh, and then there's this...
Within the 18th of December's Facebook reportage on the pages of the New York Times, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore have written a classic piece dé resistance of investigative journalism. In which, we learn the bitter truth of machinations and shenanigans committed by Facebook executives in their efforts to satiate their founder's greed, and the executive ranks desperate need to wrest the power of the interwebs and make of it a monster fed by the Facebaggery of the company's Mark 'I-Didn't-Do-It' Zuckerberg. Just shameful, and worthy of an opportune long sentence in the hoosegow, eh?
"The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond." - via the New YorK Times reporters Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore
Woo Hoo! December's Feet of Clay Award has been summarily bestowed upon those nearly perfect examples of corporate scumbaggery: Verizon/AOL! Congratulations (and a $4.95 Million Fine) are in order targeting the sellers of our children's innocence! Read It And Weep for Our Descendents.
"The Attorney General’s Office found that AOL conducted billions of auctions for ad space on hundreds of websites the company knew were directed to children under the age of 13. Through these auctions, AOL collected, used, and disclosed personal information from the websites’ users in violation of COPPA, enabling advertisers to track and serve targeted ads to young children. The company has agreed to adopt comprehensive reforms to protect children from improper tracking and pay a record $4.95 million in penalties, the largest penalty ever in a COPPA enforcement matter in U.S. history." - via the Office of New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood
The primary driving force that feeds rulemaking for writing public policy that will serve the people in a Constitutional Republic such as the United States of America must commence with forthright consideration of the true owners needs and the effects generated by the policy/rule under consideration, and not the derivative custodians of the assets under discussion. In this case, Consumer Data is the asset, the owners are people like you and yours truly, whilst the custodial holders of that data are the Corporations. The true benefactors are the source of the data: The Consumers. Further, any Policy, Rule, Tort, Bill and Act must-needs address the requirements, safety and prosperity of the true owners of those assets - the Consumers, and not necessarily the Custodians of the Assets.
But wait, there's more; 7 more, that is...
Suspended by Facebook Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB), Crimson Hexagon is apparently the latest data surveillance organization to have it's virtual wrist slapped by Zuckerberg et Cie due to bad data behavior. - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong.
"...the company had its access to the Facebook and Instagram APIs shut off Friday after the Wall Street Journal queried Facebook about Crimson Hexagon’s contracts with the US government, a Russian not-for-profit with ties to the Kremlin, and the Turkish government." - via The Guardian's Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong
via Brian Krebs, writing, investigating and generally-doing-the-right-thing at Krebs on Security, details the emergence of another credit reporting entity managed by the aggregated incompetents at Equifax. Monikered 'National Consumer Telecommunications and Utilities Exchange' Astounding.