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French privacy regulators move against Facebook ahead of Privacy Shield

CNIL, the French data protection authority, came down hard on Facebook. It gave the social media giant only three months to stop tracking non-users' web activities and ordered a stop on data transfers to the U.S. Interestingly, this could mean more than just a French action. It could pressure the EU to follow suit instead of waiting on the Privacy Shield to fail or be approved as was originally the plan.

Spotlight: Documentary 'The Human Face of Big Data' premieres on PBS

You're probably already familiar with the bestselling book, The Human Face of Big Data, but did you know there is a television documentary based on that book now? It premieres on PBS on...

Microsoft fixes InPrivate browsing on Edge so that it's actually private

Microsoft on Tuesday issued a Windows 10 update that fixes a problem with InPrivate browsing on the Edge browser and starts a new precident where the company will issue release notes with updates going forward. 

Incisive's new Concourse API makes spreadsheets compliance-friendly

Software vendor Incisive released Concourse this week, a new management and collaboration API designed to improve efficiency and reduce the risk of working with spreadsheets.  

Spotlight: White House expected to announce cybersecurity budget increases

The White House will reportedly announce a drastic increase in cybersecurity spending today, according to Computerworld.

20th anniversary of 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace' met with call for Internet interdependence

Twenty years ago today John Perry Barlow, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, issued " A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace " at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Essentially, he was declaring independence from governments' control of the Internet. In theory, it seemed to many to be the ideal. In practice, the unfettered activities of malcontents, terrorists, content scrapers, plagiarists, copyright infringers, and others – including some big data practitioners-- challenged the wisdom of a lawless frontier.  

US, Europe have been working on Safe Harbor 2.0 for years, says FTC Commissioner

U.S. and European leaders have in fact been working on the new version of the Safe Harbor data privacy agreement since around 2013, Julie Brill, commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

Spotlight: Google faces lawsuit from college students over alleged illegal data siphoning

A group of former and current University of California, Berkeley students have filed suit against Google, claiming the tech giant illegally siphoned information from their university accounts linked to Google apps.

Spotlight: The nasty things dictators can do with big data

While big data offers many positive benefits to all of mankind and many organizations, it has its dark side too. For one thing, big data is the ultimate dream tool for dictators. For an enlightening...

Beware of health insurers' data grabs, wearables and biometric goals

Like many self-employed freelancers, I spent last week hunting for a health insurance policy before the open enrollment period ended. Failure to buy a policy by January 31 would not only leave one with an extreme health risk, but could also result in penalties of $695 or more per person in the household when it comes time to file 2016 tax returns. A double whammy, as it were. But a funny thing happened on my way to secure a policy. But funny only in a peculiar and danger-laden sense. Here's what happened…