Data Privacy Digest: March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

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, Facebook drew *even more* attention for problematic ad targeting practices. The FTC may or may not act to rein in telecom privacy issues, while many called for greater action after FEMA's breach. Meanwhile, Equifax and FICO are teaming up to sell your data to banks. You'd think they would have learned their lesson about respecting consumer privacy the first time around...

It’s time for this week’s Data Privacy Digest:

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"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by 'encouraging, enabling, and causing' unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads.

"The charges caught Facebook off guard, coming one week after the social media giant agreed in a sweeping settlement with civil rights groups to overhaul its microtargeting ad system for job, housing and loan advertisements after discrimination complaints."

[https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/03/28/hud-charges-facebook-with-housing-discrimination/]

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FTC Launches Probe Into Telecom Privacy Issues. But Whether They'll Act Is Another Matter Entirely.

"This week the FTC announced that it would be launching a broad privacy investigation into a sector that's somehow been forgotten during our collective, justified obsession with Facebook: telecom. According to the full FTC announcement, the agency will be collecting data from all manner of broadband providers and wireless carriers to take a look at how these companies 'collect, retain, use, and disclose information about consumers and their devices.'"

"The problem, of course, is that an inquiry doesn't necessarily mean the agency will actually do anything about the problems.

[https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190327/08162641879/ftc-launches-probe-into-telecom-privacy-issues-whether-theyll-act-is-another-matter-entirely.shtml]

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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: FEMA failed to protect disaster survivors’ data, but Congress has failed, too

"Data breaches are a pervasive and alarming drawback of today’s information economy. In 2018 alone, billions of people were affected by data breaches and cyberattacks, according to the global security firm Positive Technologies.

"Part of the problem has been the federal government’s failure to institute penalties for corporations and institutions that fail to safeguard consumers and citizens’ data."

[https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-FEMA-failed-to-protect-disaster-13720926.php]

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Equifax and FICO are teaming up to sell consumer data to banks.

"Two consumer-credit giants plan to start working together to sell consumers’ data to banks, the latest attempt to feed banks’ appetite for more information on customers."

The good news is that once the California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect next year, you won't have to wait for an article to know where your data is being sold.

[https://www.wsj.com/articles/equifax-fico-team-up-to-sell-consumer-data-11553679001?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1]

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Years of Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have vanished. The company says it 'mistakenly deleted' them.

"Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared — obscuring details about core moments in Facebook's history.

"On multiple occassions, years-old public posts made by the 34-year-old billionaire chief executive that were previously public and reported on by news outlets at the time have since vanished, Business Insider has found. That includes all of the posts he made during 2007 and 2008.

"Reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson said the posts were 'mistakenly deleted' due to 'technical errors.'"

[https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-old-posts-mark-zuckerberg-disappeared-2019-3]

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