A Facebook security flaw allowed kids to be invited to Messenger chats with unauthorized users.

@SenMarkey & @SenBlumenthal ask "how long FB knew, how long it existed, if parents have been notified & what measures FB will take to prevent similar issues." engadget.com/2019/08/06/facebo

Interested in joining our remote team? @DuckDuckGo's Bill Connor tells @powertofly about our unique hiring process to assess "if [candidates] can be successful working from home & fit w/in our organization."

View open positions: duckduckgo.com/hiring/#open blog.powertofly.com/work-from-

Grown-ups are having serious conversations about data privacy, but @muzhunter wrote as "a better way to talk about this with children," shape awareness, & start important conversations.

To help fundraise to get this book published, visit: indiegogo.com/projects/boris-t

Yikes. Facebook has been funding @UCSF research that could lead to wearable brain-control devices.

"...that means we are going to need some rules, & fast, about how brain data is collected, stored, & used," says
@antonioregalado technologyreview.com/s/614034/

"New laws to ensure higher standards for software security & data privacy [are coming], meaning [the end of an era for] tech companies [that] inadequately test their software for security & privacy vulnerabilities."

@AndBurt on how companies can prepare: hbr.org/2019/07/new-laws-on-da

Turns out annoying popups aren't the only flaw of GDPR implementations. @UniofOxford researcher James Pavur ran an experiment to see how UK & US companies handle 'right of access' requests made in someone else's name.

24% handed over personal info! bbc.com/news/technology-492525

Ever seen an ad so accurate you think your phone is listening to you? While that's not the case, the reality is even creepier.

Here's how Google & Facebook collect your data & use it to auction you off to advertisers for profit: vimeo.com/352982094 video.buffer.com/v/5d516f99cb1

Penalties for violating kids' privacy laws in the US are increasing

"The internet was built for adults & the industry has never taken full responsibility for how kids use it. That could begin to change if policymakers & regulators [apply] pressure." axios.com/kids-privacy-forces-

“The Great Hack" documentary, now streaming on Netflix, charts Cambridge Analytica, "the 1st revelation that our personal info — likes, check-ins, even network maps of our friends, etc. — could be collected & sold to political mercenaries," says @cwarzel. nytimes.com/2019/08/06/opinion

“It’s all about encryption & education. We’re trying to simplify privacy," says our Founder & CEO, @yegg.

Listen to his interview w/@foundr podcast's @nathanhchan, where he discusses all things DuckDuckGo, Do Not Track legislation, mental models & more. foundr.com/gabriel-weinberg-du

A big step for privacy in Arizona! The state ruled that "police & govt agencies cannot obtain [a persons' online data] without a search warrant, [which] requires a showing of some criminal activity," reports @azcapmedia.

As it should be in all regions. azcapitoltimes.com/news/2019/0

If you're trying to limit your kids' online footprint, make sure that all loved ones understand the privacy implications of sharing kids' info, even photos, online.

@katienotopoulos warns not everyone readily understands how important this is. buzzfeednews.com/article/katie

Use @SlackHQ? You've likely shared a lot of personal info there. Check out @jmorse_'s 7 easy steps to lock down your privacy, including:

• Check if account admins can export your DMs
• Tweak your retention settings
• Individually encrypt messages mashable.com/article/slack-pri

In our ninth year of charitable donations, we've chosen the theme of privacy advocacy for 2019. Thanks to you, our continued growth has enabled us to increase our donations to $600,000. spreadprivacy.com/2019-duckduc

One way to help protect yourself from data breaches like this one from Capital One is to "freeze" your credit, which could "stop a thief from opening an account or getting credit."

Learn about freezing your credit in the U.S.: experian.com/blogs/ask-experia bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-4

RT @ashk4n
1) UPDATE: Having now fully digested the FTC settlement and complaint, I'm of the opinion that this was a *terrible* outcome for our leading privacy regulator and a very sweet deal for @Facebook

RT @megangrA
It's a little more nuanced than that.

1. Slate wiped clean for anything constituting a violation of the underlying Consent Order -- FTC agrees it will not bring any civil penalty case for anything FB did or didn't do prior to June 12, 2019, whether FTC knows about it now or not. twitter.com/ashk4n/status/1154

If you've been affected by Cambridge Analytica, Equifax, or any other privacy scandal come to think of it, there are steps you can take to regain control.

Follow our privacy tips for your devices and reduce your exposure to another . spreadprivacy.com/tag/device-p

"Data collection could have far-reaching consequences for children's fundamental rights" says Sophie Allaert, @BradetteMelina, & @eelifsertt.

They explain how the "the concept of data ownership is not sufficient to protect children's privacy rights." wired.com/story/protect-kids-d

FaceApp uses AI to "age" images of users, but @michaelgrothaus says users aren't told photos are uploaded to the cloud. Even if FaceApp is doing nothing nefarious w/photos today, their privacy policy allows such in the future.

Privacy policies matter. fastcompany.com/90377895/viral

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