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The One Choice You Weren’t Given In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch 

When Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix last December, it was fairly obvious that the choose-your-own-adventure experiment represented a fresh step in data collection for the streaming service. And as we reported yesterday, a researcher has offered proof that Netflix is storing and mining your choices. Surprisingly, that’s actually a good reason to feel optimistic. Read More >>

This Man Auctioned His Facebook Data on eBay

It’s no secret that the products and services you know and love (or loathe) are all hawking your data to advertisers, making a few billion pounds off all those “free” services provided to you. But when it comes time to pad your pockets, you’re not exactly getting a cut of the profits. So why not turn your data into cash by selling it to the highest bidder yourself? And where better to sell off your digital avatar than the web’s favourite auction house, eBay? Read More >>

Advocacy Groups Say YouTube Is Illegally Collecting Data From Children

23 privacy and children’s advocacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission complaint against YouTube, alleging the platform illegally collects data from children. The groups, led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), allege YouTube is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting data from children under 13 without parents’ permission. Read More >>

Obama’s Latest NSA ‘Reform’ is Predictably Weak

If this is what the US government thinks privacy reform is, it's pretty pitiful. The Obama administration is to announce new rules that will force the intelligence agency to delete data about Americans that was "incidentally" collected—basically, accidentally scooped up in an overly broad search query. Read More >>