The $1 billion dollar Instagram-Facebook deal brought privacy issues along with it, and Instagram users pondered what the acquisition would mean, considering Facebook's history with user privacy. Also, an ISP plan has been hatched that will have built-in privacy. The W3C is convening in Washington over the next few days to try and further shape definitions around tracking and user privacy ' and hopefully lay some bricks on the road toward a standardized privacy methodology.
In the EU, theFinancial Times
reported on how companies will be risking fines of up to £500,000 come May 25th for not complying with the new ePrivacy Directive.
Facebook-Instagram deal raises new privacy worries
' cnet 'Facebook's mixed record on privacy has led some Instagram users to be less than enthusiastic about today's acquisition announcement.
This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always.
' cnet 'Step aside, AT&T and Verizon. A new privacy-protecting Internet service and telephone provider still in the planning stages could become the ACLU's dream and the FBI's worst nightmare.
W3C moves Do Not Track to showdown phase
' ZDNet 'The World Wide Web Consortium opens a three-day meeting to define the parameters of its Web Tracking Protection specification. It is being closely watched by the digital advertising industry and privacy and consumer groups.
Selling You on Facebook
[Infographic and article] ' WSJ 'Many popular Facebook apps are obtaining sensitive information about users'and users' friends'so don't be surprised if details about your religious, political and even sexual preferences start popping up in unexpected places.
Franken Urges 'Comprehensive' Do-Not-Track Rules
' MediaPost 'All browsers should have a do-not-track setting, and all companies that track Web users must honor it. So says Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.
Companies risk fines over new data rules
' Financial Times 'Most British companies have failed to prepare for new data protection rules due to come into force next month amid fears the measures will make it much harder for websites to secure commercially valuable information about their users.Facebook's $100bn privacy dilemma
' The Guardian 'If it doesn't tread carefully, the social network will face pressures from the public and legislators that could damage its IPO95% of UK organisations 'do not comply with EU cookie law'
' ComputerWorld UK 'New regulation comes into effect next month, with financial penalties for non-compliance