Social media and European privacy laws have been at odds for some time now. With the general data protection regulation (GDPR) being adopted in May this year and the ever growing concerns on data protection, specifically on data transfers to the US, it is no wonder that there is enough news to write about.
Specifically when companies like Whatsapp and Facebook decide to do some data sharing without the consent of their user’s (ehm. products).
Whilst that privacy story takes up one-third of this listing, there are enough other stories around on the new upcoming E-Privacy directive revision, Google’s new attempt at a social media chat service, Uber’s data hunger on GPS location data and backdoors left in Skype clients.
In chronological order:
- EU to crack down on online services such as WhatsApp over privacy
- WHATSAPP’S PRIVACY CRED JUST TOOK A BIG HIT
- Google weakens Allo chat app privacy promise
- Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp
- Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns
- Facebook halts WhatsApp data sharing across Europe over privacy concerns
- Uber begins background collection of rider location data
- Skype backdoor missed by Microsoft development team
- Amazon Echo and Questions of Consumer Privacy