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Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

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  • Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers
  • A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."
  • Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill
  • Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.
  • Related: Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

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Part 1: Amid #DeleteFacebook Fervor, Experts Say Time to Tackle Big Data Profiteers

 

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/users/user20/2017-10-23-image-221.jpg Whatever the specific solution, former Facebook investor Roger McNamee and former Facebook operations manager Sandy Parakilas argued in an article for The Guardian on Monday that it is "past time that the U.S. recognize that data is too important to be unregulated." (Photo: TechCrunch)

A social media platform like this "is the ultimate surveillance tool: an addictive product that's optimized to collect and analyze the intimate details of our lives."

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | While the pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica has received a flood of media attention in recent days following reports that it harvested the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users, advocacy groups and experts are warning against allowing focus on this scandal alone to obscure the fact that major tech companies have been allowed to build an entire industry by exploiting the personal data of everyone who uses their platforms.



"The fact is that companies like Facebook and Google are the real malicious actors here—they are vital public communications systems that run on profiling and manipulation for private profit." 
—Yasha Levine



Judging by the popularity of the hashtag #DeleteFacebook—which went viral on Wednesday night, much to the dismay of CEO Mark Zuckerberg—many users of the social media giant agree that Facebook should bear the brunt of the criticism for a data breach that it did nothing to stop and that its "data-fueled" business practices made possible.

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Uproar After Congress Sneaks Attack on Digital Privacy Rights Into Omnibus Spending Bill

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/cloud-leaky.jpg?itok=JdtQyk2fCritics of the CLOUD Act "are rightfully pointing out that it jettisons current human rights protections in favor of vague standards that could gut individual rights." (Photo: Electoric Frontier Foundation)

Attaching it to massive spending deal, lawmakers rush through controversial bill that allows law enforcement to hand over personal data without a warrant.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | Buried in a 2,232-page government spending bill that the Houe passed Thursday is a piece of legislation that digital privacy advocates warn "expands American and foreign law enforcement's ability to target and access people's data across international borders."

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data or CLOUD Act (S. 2383 and H.R. 4943) would add an official provision for U.S. law enforcement to access "the contents of a wire or electronic communication and any record or other information" for people all across the globe, regardless of where they live and what that nation's privacy laws dictate. It would also create a "backdoor" into Americans' data, enabling the U.S. government to bypass its citizens' Fourth Amendment rights to access and even use their data.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Related:

Can We Be Saved From Facebook? Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Illustration by Rory Kurtz for Rolling Stone

The social media giant has swallowed up the free press, become an unstoppable private spying operation and undermined democracy. Is it too late to stop it?
 

 

 

 


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