Can We Control Big Tech Corporations

We learned today that the British government is to fine Facebook £500,000 for its part in the abuse of uers’ private information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal which doinated the news for a couple of weeks earlier in the year. At the same time Google is facing much larger fines imposed by the EU, for the offence of manipulating search results to benefits its own interests. These amounts are unlikely to make any difference as they are paltry to the big tech companies. Google, we hear, are so worried by the fine that they are in business as usual mode.

So how can we bring the big tech companies to heel, break up their monopolies and convince the arrogant, inexperienced CEOs that LAWS apply to everybody.

There was a well thought out article in The Guardian a few days ago that takes a constrictive look at the problem

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What role did Cambridge Analytica play in the Brexit vote?

That Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook scandal is a delusional nerd who believes the UK wouldn’t have voted for Brexit without Cambridge Analytica’s intervention is entirely predictable. Whistleblower Wylie told a UK parliamentary committee during a hearing on Tuesday that a firm linked to Cambridge Analytica helped the official Vote Leave campaign circumvent campaign financing laws during the Brexit referendum.

Leaked documents published this week show that the Vote Leave campaign, the official pro-Brexit group headed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, paid an alleged £625,000 (€711,000, $882,000) to a little-known Canadian data firm called AggregateIQ (AIQ) through a far smaller pro-Brexit group.

The Vote Leave campaign has claimed that the payment to the smaller group, known as BeLeave, was a donation and that each group worked independently from one another. However, documents leaked last weekend by whistleblower Shahmir Sanni apppear to suggest the Vote Leave and BeLeave were effectively the same entity, with the latter even located inside the former’s offices.

Wylie said on Tuesday that BeLeave, which was founded by 22-year-old fashion student Darren Grimes, was effectively used as a money laundering vehicle.

Facebook has been slammed for failing to protect the data of more than 50 million users. Their data was used to further conservative political projects, including Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory. From a former White House strategist to a Canadian whistle blower, here are the people involved in what some are describing as Facebook’s largest data breach.

Campaign finance records showed that BeLeave spent the 625,000-pound donation on services from AIQ just days before the referendum vote. Wylie said that the official campaign’s “cheating” may well have swayed the EU referendum result given the effectiveness of AIQ’s online campaign. He is totally off his head, the Remain campaign spent far more on similar services and still lost. Computer nerds have no difficulty deluding themselves that their app are far more effective than results repeatedly show.

Overall, various pro-Brexit group spent 3.4 million pounds for AIQ’s services during the EU referendum campaign. Some 2.7 million pounds of that money was spent by Vote Leave, making up 40 percent of the group’s campaign budget.

However, Wylie said he was “absolutely convinced” Vote Leave also worked with other groups to circumvent campaign spending rules.

“I am absolutely convinced that there was a common plan and common purpose with Vote Leave, BeLeave, the DUP, and Veterans for Britain. All of these companies somehow, for some reason, all decided to use AIQ,” he said. “When you look at the accumulation of evidence, I think it would be completely unreasonable to come to any other conclusion other than this must be coordination, this must be a common purpose plan.”

NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL A CONSPIRACY THEORIST!

Facebook Plunges After FTC Probe, German Sanctions Headlines

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it has opened a nonpublic probe into Facebook’s privacy practices, saying it’s committed to protecting consumers’ privacy and data and will hold accountable companies that abuse the FTC guidelines.

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In a statement, the FTC said it takes “very seriously” recent press reports raising concerns about the data security at the social media giant, according to Bloomberg.

And with that, the public is getting an important early clue into the shape of the federal response to revelations about Facebook’s handling (abuse?) of user data for commercial purposes.

Additionally, German Justice Minister Barley said Monday in Berlin that Facebook’s data practices couldn’t be tolerated and that sanctions against the company should be levied at the EU level. He added that the company needs to be more transparent about its algorithms.

Facebook shares, which plunged into correction territory last week, collapsed further on the news.

And it’s not helping that Mark Zuckerberg is dumping his shares into this freefall…

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Bored With Watching The Facebook Slow Motion Train Wreck?

by Arthur Foxake

We have to admit we are bored with reporting the latest developments in the disintegration of Mark Zuckerberg and his stategic partners (The US government and their security agencies the CIA and NSA) attempt to put everybody in the world under surveillance. It’s a story our editor, Ian foresaw several years ago because as a data networks expert before he retired he knew the potential of social media for capturing and analyzing user data.

And it was inevitable that at some point such potential would be abused. The inevitable has now happened so we will simply offer summaries of mainstream news unless we have something out of the ordinary to report.

Between fake news and data harvesting, Facebook has no way to win

from The New York Post

Mark Zuckerberg is stuck in a catch-22. Any fix for Facebook’s previous big problem — fake news — would make the current big problem with data harvesting worse.

As a media company and one of Americans’ top sources of information, Facebook’s de facto anonymity and general lack of responsibility for user-generated content make it easy for propagandists to exploit. Making matters worse, it isn’t willing to impose tighter identification rules for fear of losing too many users, and it doesn’t want to be held responsible in any way for content, preferring to present itself as a neutral platform.

So Zuckerberg has been trying to fix the problem by showing people more material from friends and family and by prioritizing “trusted publishers” and local news sources over purveyors of fake news.

But the Cambridge Analytica scandal shows people may not be OK with Facebook’s data gathering, improved or not.

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as the social media giant’s share price continues to plummet as a result—Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on Monday called on CEO Mark Zuckerberg to
testify under oath”Zuckerbrg to appear before Congress to explain why his company took so long to notify users that their information had been compromised.

Commerzbank, Mozilla, Suspend Facebook Ad Campaigns As Advertisers Start Pulling Out

As we reported yeserday, the backlash against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytics data harvesting story continues to grow. At first it seemed fairly innocuous, some crazy scientist had developed an app that tricked people into granting access to their personal details and activity records. Then it emerged that even though the guy had been naughty, claiming he was collecting datas for research, when in fact his plan was to sell the database to commercial outfits, for which he should have paid Facebook a fee for using their site.

Then it dawned on people that although Cambridge Analytics, which bought the unethically obtained data was being demonised in mainstream media because they numbered among their clients Donald Trump;s 2016 campaign and the Leave campaign in the british EU referendum campaign, but in fact what they did was what facebook’s business is built on, all those quizzes, tests, memes, like buttons etc. are about commecting personal data without users being aware of what is going on. And that started a public backlash (which we reported yesterday).

Now the blight has spread to advertisers: first it was Mozilla, now Germany’s Commerzbank has also suspended a Facebook advertising campaign, Unilever is in the process of pulling what’s left of its campaigns after announcing last year that Facebook adverts were not effective and several agencies have announced their clients will no longer use the platform.

“Brand safety and data security are very important to us”, German daily Handelsblatt quotes Commerzbank brand management chief Uwe Hellmann as saying. “We want to give ongoing investigations enough space, and decide how to proceed at an appropriate time.”

Just a week ago, before the scandal story broke, Commerzbank had launched a large-scale image campaign, which was planned to be broadcast on selected TV channels as well as online, including on Facebook. The campaign is tied to a repositioning of the Frankfurt company’s brand.

Facebook advertisers have threatened to abandon the platform in the wake of the massive data harvesting scandal which began after it was revealed that an app created by two psychologists gathered data on over 50 million Americans and then sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytics and several others, who used it without consent.

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the social media giant and a well know world domination wannabe gave several creepy interviews Wednesday after spending three days in hiding, ostensibly with a crisis management team which advised him not give wholly unsatisfactory answers to one of the largest data breaches in history. Naturally the answers he gave questioners were totally unsatisfactory, and were also not believed because Zuckerberg and his company have a track record of priomising one thing and doing the opposite.

ISBA, a British group of advertisers that spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year on Facebook, demanded answers. It is understood that some of the 3,000 brands it handles, which include those of the consumer goods companies Unilever and P&G, will not tolerate association with Facebook if it emerges that users’ data has found its way into the hands of brokers and political campaigners without authorisation. Sources close to the trade body said that if the company’s answers were unsatisfactory, advertisers might spend their money elsewhere. ISBA will meet Facebook executives this week.

Other major clients, such as Mozilla, the the Firefox browser company, have already pulled out, or as a spokesperson said, have “pressed pause” on Facebook advertising. In a scathing post, Mozilla said that “when Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning.” Until then, “Mozilla will advertise elsewhere.”

Facebook knows a great deal about Mozilla’s two billion users, perhaps more intimate information than any other company does. They know everything we click and like on their site, and know who our closest friends and relationships are, because despite its denials, Facebook is known to install tracking cookies on the device of anyone who visits a page with a Facebook ‘like’ button. Because of its scale, Facebook has become one of the most convenient platforms to reach an audience for all companies and developers, whether a multibillion corporation or a not-for-profit.

It is believed that Facebook took steps to limit developer access to friends’ data beginning in 2014, but can any=thing Facebook reveals about its business be trusted (sic)?. When we consider the assurance was given after Facebook started its relationship with Cambridge University Professor Aleksandr Kogan, whose decision to share data he collected from Facebook with Cambridge Analytica is behind the current scandal.

We believe still more will be revealed about Facebook’s lax attitude to privacy and ethics, for example its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data – particularly with respect to settings for third party apps.

Meanwhile, Facebook shares continue to slide – falling approximately 8.6% in three trading sessions and down again on Thursday premarket as investors – particularly “ethical” investment funds – reconsider their decision to hold the increasingly toxic company.

Who’s Really Behind Snopes, Facebook’s New “Fact Checkers”
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Zuckerberg’s Plan For World Domination
We are not fans of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the past we have exposed how Facebook was started by CIA seed money because it offered a chance to collect vast amounts of private data, how Zuckerberg & Co have collaborated with government to work against the interests of freedom, and how Facebook’s annual profits are linked to the handouts of taxpayers’ money the social media site gets from US Government

The Internet Purge Of Politically Incorrect (aka truthful) Content Begins
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Hillary’s Facebook Attempt To Connect With Voters Misses Target Again
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Little-Known Facebook Feature Causing Users to Think Twice About What They Say
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Corporate plundering of the UK purse has to stop – Facebook pays zero tax again
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Facebook boss Zukerberg Wants To Own The Internet
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Facebook Are Nazis – We Told You So
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Facebook’s Privacy Priacy
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Internet Privacy: Are You Due Compensation From Google?

Google sued for ‘snooping on iPhone users’: Will 5.4mn Brits get compensation?
Google is facing yet another lawsuit arising from its abuse of internet users’ privacy rights. This time the world’s most evil corporation (except for Facebook,) is being sued over allegations that it collected personal data of millions of  iPhone users without offering an opt out or even putting an advice in the small pring of their terms and conditions. Up to 5.4 million people in Britain alone could be entitled to compensation if the class action is successful.

A group led by Richard Lloyd, the executive director of consumer body Which?, claims the internet giant unlawfully collected personal information by bypassing the default settings on the iPhone and tracking online behavior of people using the Safari browser between June 2011 and February 2012.

Google then allegedly used the illicitly gathered data in its DoubleClick advertising business, which enables advertisers to target content according to a user’s browsing habits. Such action is a violation of trust  Lloyd said. He added that the lawsuit is unprecedented and represents “one of the biggest fights of my life.” At this point the lawsuit only applies to data gathered from  iPhones. If the case goes against Google it could change the way we use the internet as ad – funded websites will no longer be viable.

The lawsuit, filed in London’s High Court, alleged Google’s hack, known as the ‘Safari Workaround,’ breached UK data protection laws by taking personal information without permission.

“I believe what Google did was simply against the law. Their actions have affected millions, and we’ll be asking the courts to remedy this major breach of trust,” Lloyd told the Guardian. “In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such as massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.”

Lloyd, who has set up the group Google You Owe Us, added: “Google owes all of those affected fairness, trust and money. By joining together, we can show Google that they can’t get away with taking our data without our consent, and that no matter how large and powerful they are, nobody is above the law.”

The idea that internet companies are not above the law will surprise Google executives whose actions show they believe Google can choose which laws it obeys, and send shockwaves through the Silicon Valley tech giants, whose profits have been swelled enormously by their being allowed to play fast and loose with privacy and consumer protection laws.

Roughly 5.4 million people in Britain had an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012 and could be eligible for compensation, according to the claim. Although the size of any payout would be determined by the court, Lloyd said he expected each claimant would receive several hundred pounds.

Lloyd has secured £15.5 million in backing from Therium, a company that funds litigation and has previously backed group claims such as the consumer action against Volkswagen in the scandal over diesel emissions.

A Google spokesperson said: “This is not new. We have defended similar cases before. We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it.”

He may well be wrong about that. While Microsoft have always taken a ‘caveat emptor’ approach to security flaws in its producs, Apple guards its intellectual propoerty far more assiduously, and this breach was only achieved with a deliberate hack.

The case is the first time such a collective action – in which one person represents a group with a shared grievance, akin to a US-style class action – has been brought in Britain against a leading tech company over alleged misuse of data.

Google has already paid millions of dollars to US states and the US Federal Trade Commission over the Safari security bypass, which also suggests the smug spokesperson quoted above is on very dodgy ground.

 

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Google: Benefactor Of Mankind Or Evil Empire (or buch of idiotic nerds who got lucky?)
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I’ve been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?
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Who Runs America? US Federal Trade Commission Takes Orders From Google
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Google Meets White House Officials Every Week, Why?
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Cashless Society – The Resistance Begins Here
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EU taking on Google – Well One German Publisher Is
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Has Zuckerbugger Been Messing With Your Mind?
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Pissed Off With Government/Microsoft/Google Online Spying? Be Completely Anonymous Online
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Google Car Driverless Because No Sane Person Would Be Seen Dead In One
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Reasons To keep Google Away From your Credit Card Information
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Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
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Don’t Be Evil, That’s Our Job Is Google’s Real Motto
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Being Evil? Just Another Day At The Office For Google Boss.
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How to stop Google tracking your every move

Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched or followed? OK, it could possibly be because you are paranoid but more likely you’ve noticed a few things that are just beyond creepy when you are using the web and particularly Google services.

For an example, has an advertisement for a product or service ever popped up on your screen just after you were talking to someone about it?

When security researcher Mustafa Al-Bassam popped into a McDonald’s for a halal burger last year, he was shocked when a prompt to download the fast food restaurant’s app popped up on his smart phone. Mustafa tweeted at the time:

Yesterday I almost had a heart attack when I entered McDonald’s and I had a notification on my phone asking me to install their app.

Your every move is being watched. Monitored. Analysed. Not just by creepy spooks like the NSA and GCHQ but also by corporate pirates determined to get their grubby mitts on your hard earned. Google, (don’t be evil, that’s our job) are probably the worst culprit and are known to collaborate with National Security agencies to gather data on citizens, not just suspected criminals or political activists but ordinary punters. The aim is to build a profile of you that will make it possible to predict your behaviour.

Around the time Mr Al-Bassam noticed he had a creepy stalker in his cellphone phone, other Google users began to realise that despite having deleted Google Maps, another Google-based app, Google Play, was “almost obsessive” in its need to check user’s whereabouts.

While location services on your smartphone are commonplace in modern society,  Google’s cosy relationship with the US government enables them to circumvent civil rights an privacy laws and accurately follow you, building a picture of where you go and what you do. Google Play passes on your location data to databases and installed apps via an API, whether Maps are installed or not.

For Android users, Google uses this information  in a service called Nearby, “which notifies you of things that can be helpful near you”, according to Google.

Google jovially tells you “The Play Store offers over one million apps — many of which are created to be used in specific locations or situations. The right app at the right moment lets you get more done.”

But one they are in your system, Google makes it particularly difficult to switch these features off.

Here’s how to get out of it.

Deleting or uninstalling the apps are helpful, or you could turn your phone’s location services on and off as you use each app. But this is irritating and time consuming. However News.com Australia have compiled some instructions to help you shake off the stalker in your smart phone. See below:

ANDROID

Tapping on ‘Your Timeline’, Google will ask you to turn on your Location history. This allows you to rediscover places you’ve visited in the past. But it also allows Google to create a complex profile of your personality.

Here’s how to stop Google Maps tracking you:

• Select ‘Your Timeline’ in Settings

• Tap the Burger Icon (the three dots on the top right-hand side of the screen) and select ‘Settings’

• Scroll down to Location Settings

• Tap “Location History is on”.

• A pop-up window will appear; tap the checkmark next to “On”. Swiping to the left should turn it off.

• Tap “OK” on the window that appears.

You can also turn location off and delete location history in the same settings. Google will issue a warning that says your services might be affected — but let’s be real, you’ll be fine.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.

Select ‘Your Timeline’.Source:Supplied

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.

Find your location settings by clicking the Burger icon.Source:Supplied

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.

Google will send you this notification if you decide to turn of Location History on Android.Source:Supplied

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.

Swipe left to turn your location services off in Settings.Source:Supplied

APPLE IOS

The ‘Your Timeline’ feature doesn’t exist for Apple users, as they do Android. But there are ways to opt out.

• Make sure you’re signed in and go to your Settings

• Scroll down to Settings

• Tap ‘Location History’ and slide it off

• To erase your history, scroll down the Settings menu to ‘Maps History’.

• There is currently not an option to delete everything at once, but you can tap the ‘X’ next to the locations you want to delete.

• You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ by tapping ‘About, terms and privacy’ under Settings

— There is a sneaky way to allow Google to track your location while only using the App.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Google Maps and select ‘While Using the App’.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.

The Settings menu in Google Maps is where you’ll find location preferences.Source:Supplied

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.

iPhone users have the option to use location services on Google Maps only while using the app.Source:Supplied

Google will warn you before you clear any data.

Google will warn you before you clear any data.Source:Supplied

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.

You can also turn off ‘Location Data Collection’ under Settings.Source:Supplied

— youngma@news.com.au

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