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    Is WhatsApp safe for companies? They are not GDPR-compliant, so rather look at Self-Hosting

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 5 October - 17:35

A study conducted by the technology company Guild showed that almost half of UK workers (41%) admitted to using the messaging app for work. And even though WhatsApp has penetrated the corporate space due to its popularity, companies are in search of a more reliable secure messaging platform.

Italy’s data protection agency contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in order to demand clear information over WhatsApp security. Besides that, some Indian and multinational companies have even issued advisories to employees asking them to use WhatsApp with caution and stop using the platform for critical business calls, as reported by Economic Times.

Yes it's well worth considering rather self-hosting something like RocketChat, Matrix, Elgg, or similar that does not attract the heavy subscription costs, and you have 100% own control over all data.


#technology #deletewhatsapp #GDPR #privacy #selfhosting

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    Ireland fails to enforce EU law against Big Tech / ArsTechnica · Monday, 13 September - 17:04

Ireland fails to enforce EU law against Big Tech

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Ireland is failing to apply the EU’s privacy laws to US Big Tech companies, with 98 percent of 164 significant complaints about privacy abuses still unresolved by its regulator.

Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter all have their European headquarters in Dublin, making Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner the lead EU regulator responsible for holding them to the law.

But the Irish DPC has been repeatedly criticized, both by privacy campaigners and by other EU regulators for failing to take action.

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    WhatsApp fined $267M for not telling users how it shared data with Facebook / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 2 September - 15:48

WhatsApp fined $267M for not telling users how it shared data with Facebook

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WhatsApp has been fined €225 million for breaking the EU’s data privacy law by not telling its users how it was sharing their data with its parent company Facebook.

In one of the biggest fines relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Irish data regulator applied a penalty more than four times the level it had initially proposed for the messaging service after coming under pressure from other European countries.

The WhatsApp ruling came after Luxembourg fined Amazon a record €746 million in July for breaching GDPR and Ireland fined Twitter €450 million in December for not informing regulators about a data leak within 72 hours.

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    Ex-Brave Browser staffer (not relevant to story) taking aim at the Real-Time Bidding practices of IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) TechLab which governs global online advertising industry

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 18 June - 12:54

Former Brave chief policy officer Johnny Ryan is continuing his crusade against the online advertising industry by filing a lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and US telco AT&T in Germany. RTB is the process that matches adverts with viewers advertisers want to reach. As a technological innovation for Big Tech companies to make money from advertisers, it has far surpassed anything anyone else has devised for microtargeting ads at consumers.

A machine-translated version of the ICCL's complaint to the Hamburg Landsgericht, a court of first instance, can be read on its website as a PDF. It calls for a €250,000 fine – or a prison sentence of two years.

This lawsuit will certainly open up more information about how all this matching goes on, and how various Big Tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, AT&T and Google make use of it. Yes potentially it could affect job prospects, careers, pricing, etc but as of yet we have not seen evidence about that.


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    Government gaffe shares email addresses for UK business bosses / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 18:22

BEIS seemingly breaches GDPR rules in trying to gather suggestions for 2022 new year honours list

Hundreds of email addresses for the UK’s leading business bosses have been shared accidentally in an apparent gaffe by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The error, which appears to put BEIS in breach of GDPR rules governing the use of private data, occurred while the department was gathering suggestions for the 2022 new year honours list.

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    How to choose you Jabber service?

    debacle · Sunday, 24 January, 2021 - 01:38 edit · 1 minute

Aren't we all envious of users of #Whatsapp, #Signal, #Telegram or #Threema? The choice of service is easy for them. There is none! Happy users!

Instead we use #Jabber or #XMPP, because we love self-hosting, don't we? Well, it is important to have the option to self-host, but in most cases it is not the best option to actually do it. So we need to select a server, based on our priorities.

I suggest to look out for:

  1. More than one admin? A single admin might be in holidays, when you need them most. Or they outburns and closes the service on short notice. Beware of the lorry factor. Choose a service run by a club, cooperative or company!
  2. Sound financial base? If you pay for the service, you have a higher chance, that the service is here to stay. A service based on donations might work as good as a commercial one.
  3. Good uptime history?Here is some limited informtion about it. Also, the longer a service exists, the longer it will survive, because of the Lindy effect.
  4. Good #LTS grade? Use only A grade servers from the IM Observatory.
  5. Acceptable data privacy statement? IANAL, but you know, #GDPR and so on...
  6. High XMPP compliance? This XMPP Compliance Tester lists many servers.
  7. Cool domain name? and other details like how much server space you have for sharing cat content, how long messages are archived, whether an .onion domain is available, or transports (gateways) to #IRC or other networks are provided.

Useful lists of servers can also be found on Freie Messenger and JabberEs.

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    Tesla: Überwachungskameras auf Rädern

    debacle · Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 - 22:58 edit

Das Fernsehmagazin Kontraste berichtet:

Egal wo man mit einem Tesla hinfährt. Tesla guckt mit. Sieht sogar noch einiges mehr als der Fahrer. Acht Kameras filmen, was sich rund um den Wagen bewegt. Sie. Mich. Alles.


"Wenn ein Fahrzeug im öffentlichen Verkehrsraum fährt und dabei ständig alle anderen aufzeichnet, ist das ein klarer Datenschutzverstoß. Das darf nicht sein. Solche Kameras dürfen immer nur im Einzelfall bei einem konkreten Ereignis eingesetzt werden. Aber das dauerhafte Filmen durch Fahrzeuge ist verboten." (Stefan Brink - Landesdatenschutzbeauftragter Baden-Württemberg)

#tesla #auto #verkehr #überwachung #surveillance #datenschutz #gdpr #dsgvo #privacy

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    Tesla: Surveillance Cameras on Wheels

    The television magazine Kontraste reports:

    No matter where you go with a Tesla. Tesla is watching. It even sees a lot more than the driver. Eight cameras film everything that moves around the car. You. Me. Everything.


    If a vehicle drives in a public traffic area and constantly records everyone else, that is a clear breach of data protection. This must not be allowed. Such cameras may only ever be used in individual cases for a specific event. But permanent filming by vehicles is prohibited." (Stefan Brink - State Data Protection Commissioner of Baden-Württemberg)

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    Stopping the biggest lie on the Internet

    debacle · Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 21:51 edit · 1 minute

Stopping the biggest lie on the Internet

Everybody knows about the biggest lie on the Internet. It is:

☑ Yes, I read the Privacy policy and I agree with every single word of it.

But there is an easy way to stop that lie: Just enforce by law, that the single checkbox is not considered sufficient anymore to agree with 150 pages of juridical text. Instead there must be a short exam about randomly selected statements, such as one percent of all statements of the policy. E.g. instead of just agreeing to Microsoft Privacy policy when using Skype, users have to go through something like this:

1. Please fill in the missing term about the personal data we collect:

Contacts and _____________. Data about your contacts and _____________ if you use a product to share information with others, manage contacts, communicate with others, or improve your productivity.

(Correct answer: "relationships")

2. What would you need to get before using recording features of Skype?

(Correct answer: "consent from all parties to the communication in advance")

3. As you well know, we store and process your personal data in your region, in the United States, and in any other country where Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or service providers operate facilities. In which countries are our major data centers maintained?

☐ Australia ☐ Austria ☐ Azerbaijan ☐ Bavaria ☐ Brazil ☐ Canada ☐ Chile ☐ Denmark ☐ Finland ☐ France ☐ Germany ☐ Greece ☐ Hong Kong ☐ India ☐ Iran ☐ Ireland ☐ Jamaica ☐ Japan ☐ Korea ☐ Kyrgyzstan ☐ Luxembourg ☐ Malaysia ☐ Mexico ☐ Netherlands ☐ Norway ☐ Scotland ☐ Singapore ☐ Switzerland ☐ South Africa ☐ United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ☐ United States of America

(Correct answer: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America)

4. You did realise that storing your personal data on US data centers is illegal in the EU, didn't you?

☐ Yes ☐ No

(Whatever answer: End of game for users in the EU)

Sorry, Microsoft, I'm not picking on you! I could have used any other service than Skype, but it is so popular these days!

#dataprotection #privacy #gdpr #eu #privacypolicy #skype #microsoft

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