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As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits


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As New Privacy Rules Hit Europe, Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits

Jake Johnson, staff writer, Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Accusing Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Instagram of "intentionally" violating Europe's strict new privacy rules that officially went into effect on Friday, Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems filed four lawsuits against the tech companies arguing they are still "coercing users into sharing personal data" despite rolling out new policies ostensibly aimed at complying w


#2

Kaching, kaching… in the lawyers pockets

That’s about all these laws are doing.

People are sharing their personal life online and expect “privacy”. Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of posting pictures of the Chicken Cordon Bleu they had last night?


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Meanwhile, quite a bit of the rest of the internet is adopting GDPR as to not do so means loosing business. In an odd way, it is a sign that the internet has passed a milestone where what American digital behemoths say goes no longer goes. That was not even in the realm of possibility five years ago.


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You use a computer system that multiplies in complexity each second. No one really knows the complexity at this point.

But from the start of the internet there was a common rule. If you put it online, it’s not private. Someone, somewhere, can hack into it. All barriers can be circumvented by even more complex systems.


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No more huffpost, Facebook or google in my house. Their business models are toxic. I’m dropping every site and service that does this, and it’s not just those three. Who needs them? I knew where to get information before the year 2000, and I still do. The mixture of outrage porn, manipulative PR, and just plain shallow and bad reporting on huffpost is worse than useless. I have felt SOOO much better and been far more socially authentic since deleting Facebook. Google? Duck duck go works fine. Fuck all of them


#7

High Times!


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“…they don’t even try to hide it…”
In sacred corporate America, that’s known as the cost of doing business. Insurers cater to that mentality by offering what is known as “E&O (errors and omissions) coverage.” Consequently, when a sacred corporation is fined, its E&O policy pays the vast majority of the fine, leaving the sacred corporation’s balance sheet effectively unaffected. And so it goes.


#9

What about Amazon and face recognition.


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So you agree with Facebook having in many cases every text people have ever sent? Perhaps you should look into it. Most people are shocked by how much facebook collected and made a profile of them. I’m against it. I’m not surprised there are people that have no issue with it. Most will see the problem though and want the data collection stopped.


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This quote was one of the sentences in the new privacy agreement Google sent me:
“We’re making these updates as new data protection regulations come into effect in the European Union, and we’re taking the opportunity to make improvements for Google users around the world.”

Note what it wants you to think: that Google is bringing these European protections to the rest of the world. Note that it doesn’t say that. By using verbal slight of hand, such as juxtaposition, they are manipulating the reader into their preferred interpretation. It’s an excellent example for my students to see how corporations lie without literally lying.


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There is no way to stop it. Please explain how you think it will be stopped. The world would like to know.


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It starts with laws against it like Europe just did. The issue of collection our information was here without internet and we regulated it. The is no problem regulating companies to not collect it. You make laws. They get sued for it.


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No you start with reality. There is no software that can no be hacked, first of all. Secondly there are so many layers of complexity, they turn to computers to figure it out.

Laws can’t change that. The internet will find it’s way around any censorship.


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“reality”. You’re talking about someone living in “reality”? I’ve not seen an post from you that could accuse you of that. And certainly not anything on this thread. Let me revisit how to block me seeing your posts.


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“…independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered…”

Google and Facebook are sponsors of the Rockefeller CFR, along with Time-Warner, Reuters, Bloomberg, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs. Several of their execs are CFR members, including Eric Schmidt (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Jeffrey Bewkes (TW), etc. Welcome to the “liberal world order”.

The CFR has controlled the media since the days when CIA director Allen Dulles ran “Operation Mockingbird” and CFR member Edward R. Murrow read the scripts. Dulles was a CFR director for 40 years. See lists in the CFR annual report.


#17

one little pull of a plug… its all it takes to make them behave.


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Pull the plug on them… worked for Arthur Anderson didn’t it?