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Meta Was Scraping Sites for Years While Fighting the Practice

Yahoo Finance: “Meta is suing a company for collecting information from its platforms – Facebook and Instagram. It turns out that the social media company had earlier partnered with the same firm — Bright Data — to gather data from other websites. This came to light during the ongoing case filed on January 6 in a California court where Meta hassued the Israel-based data collection company for harvesting and selling information from its platforms. Since 2021, Meta has been filing a series of lawsuits against scraping-for-hire services companies like Bright Data, Voyager Labs, Octopus, and BrandTotal. These companies offer a range of services that include scraping profile information, likes, follows, posts, and comments from social media and e-commerce platforms.During one of the cases, email correspondence between Meta and Bright Data confirmed that both companies shared a professional relationship spanning years. Among other documents submitted was an email exchange between Meta and Bright Data chief executive officer Or Lenchner that revealed the long-standing association. Lenchner wrote in the email that it provided scraping services to Meta for “at least the last six years” Andy Stone, the Meta spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg that the social media company had paid Bright Data to collect data from e-commerce sites to build brand profiles on its platform, and to detect harmful websites and phishing operations. However, Stone said that the company was not scraping rivals’ websites. After Bright Data reportedly violated company terms on the automated collection and selling of data, Meta ended this partnership. While Bright Data confirmed its association with Meta but has not disclosed which websites it was asked to target. After Meta sued Bright Data, the latter filed a counter suit to allow it to scrape data from Facebook and Instagram on January 6. “To protect everyone’s right to access public data for public good, Bright Data today filed a lawsuit against Meta in the Delaware Superior Court,” the company said in a statement. The company also noted that it works in compliance with the EU and US regulations, and collects public information that is not login-protected…”

Elon Musk and the new EU rules for transparency for platforms

Tech Policy Press: “Billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk continues to face a wave of criticism for his capricious decisions, especially from Brussels and Berlin. Yet, the EU owes Musk a debt of gratitude, says Julian Jaursch, a project director at the not-for-profit think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV) in Berlin Germany. Musk is involuntarily proving… Continue Reading

Data Is What Data Does: Regulating Use, Harm, and Risk Instead of Sensitive Data

Solove, Daniel J., Data Is What Data Does: Regulating Use, Harm, and Risk Instead of Sensitive Data (January 11, 2023). Management Journal for Advanced Research, Volume-2 Issue-6, December 2022, PP. 12-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4322198 – “Heightened protection for sensitive data is becoming quite trendy in privacy laws around the world. Originating in European Union… Continue Reading

Predictive Justice in Light of the New AI Act Proposal

Gallese, Chiara, Predictive Justice in Light of the New AI Act Proposal (September 29, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4286023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4286023  – “In the latest years, there has been an increasing trend for police forces and judicial authorities to employ predictive profiling technologies in criminal justice, posing major risks to the fundamental rights of citizens.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Hotel Elsevier: you can check-out any time you like … not

Dr. Eiko Fried: “In December 2021, Robin Kok wrote a series of tweets about his Elsevier data access request. I did the same a few days later. This here is the resulting collaborative blog post, summarizing our journey in trying to understand what data Elsevier collects; what data Elsevier has collected on us two specifically;… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 10, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 10, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 5, 2022: “Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex… Continue Reading

Open-Source ‘Consent-O-Matic’ Tool Lets Anyone Automatically Stop Websites From Tracking Them

Vice: “Nobody really likes being tracked around the web, but rejecting cookies in a pop-up window every time you’re presented with the option can be exhausting. Now, there’s a tool that will do it for you automatically, and it’s called Consent-O-Matic.  Despite it being four years since Europe’s GDPR data protection and privacy law was… Continue Reading

EU Code of Practice on Disinformation

Brookings: “In 2018, the European Commission (EC) created the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation (Code), the first self-regulatory piece of legislation that intended to motivate companies to collaborate on solutions to the problem of disinformation. Twenty-one companies agreed to commit to this Code, and these rules resulted in tangible solutions: Facebook, Google, and Twitter… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Accountability of Public Administration

Bignami, Francesca, Artificial Intelligence Accountability of Public Administration (June 1, 2022). The American Journal of Comparative Law, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcl/avac012, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-37, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2022-37, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4166881 “This article canvasses the use and regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) in US administrative agencies. It is… Continue Reading

Congress Might Pass an Actually Good Privacy Bill

Wired: “Usually, when Congress is working on major tech legislation, the inboxes of tech reporters get flooded with PR emails from politicians and nonprofits either denouncing or trumpeting the proposed statute. Not so with the American Data Privacy and Protection Act. A first draft of the bill seemed to pop up out of nowhere in… Continue Reading