The Data Privacy Digest is Californians for Consumer Privacy's weekly round-up of relevant consumer data privacy news. You may subscribe here.
This week, we're thinking about the consumer's right to know what personal information is being collected about them, and what happens to it. Kids born when social media sites were first launching are starting to discover themselves on the internet. Meanwhile, Google forgot to let us know they had put microphones in their in-home security systems, while a lawsuit in the United Kingdom is revealing allegations that Facebook was overriding users' privacy settings in order to move data. The company also has a tracking system in place on the applications on users it deems threatening, according to former employees.
It’s time for this week’s Data Privacy Digest:
Google forgot to tell consumers it put microphones in Nest in-home security systems. That's right – a security system with a secret microphone.
"The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard, which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the product material for the device.
"On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an 'error.'"
UK lawmakers: Facebook 'intentionally and knowingly' violated data privacy laws.
Due to a lawsuit in the United Kingdom, new documents shed light on Facebook's interpretation of our data settings.
"According to the committee, the documents show that Facebook was 'willing to override its users' privacy settings in order to transfer data' to app developers."
When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online
"While many kids may not yet have accounts themselves, their parents, schools, sports teams, and organizations have been curating an online presence for them since birth. The shock of realizing that details about your life—or, in some cases, an entire narrative of it—have been shared online without your consent or knowledge has become a pivotal experience in the lives of many young teens and tweens."
Facebook uses its apps to track users it thinks could threaten employees and offices
"Facebook maintains a list of individuals that its security guards must 'be on lookout' for that is comprised of users who've made threatening statements against the company on its social network as well as numerous former employees."