The Data Economy: Data-fueled politics

Apr 13, 2018
As the data economy grew, politicians took notice — and took your information.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and Senate Judiciary Committee  about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 10.

The Data Economy: How we gave up on privacy

Apr 10, 2018
We've ignored the steady erosion of our online privacy, but maybe no longer.
In this photo illustration, the logo of the multi-faceted internet giant Google is reflected in the eye of a woman looking at a computer screen, April 13, 2006 in London, England.
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Could a fee-based model work for Facebook?

Apr 9, 2018
Facebook data on tens of millions of Americans ended up with a third party analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica. Lawmakers and privacy advocates have urged substantial changes to make sure no such breach occurs again. One alternative model would be having users pay for the use of social media sites so that the sites are not […]

Erasing your digital footprint is hard

Apr 2, 2018
Companies track our activity all over the web, so can anyone reclaim their privacy?
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A wild week on Wall Street

Mar 30, 2018
Policy change and international trade tensions are behind a reactive market.
Traders and financial professionals work ahead of the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 26.
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Facebook plans to end partnerships with data brokers

Mar 29, 2018
Facebook knows a lot about its users — their searches, their likes, even their chat history. But data brokers have information Facebook doesn’t.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Facebook rejiggers its privacy settings to make them easier to use

Mar 28, 2018
Facebook announced a group of changes Wednesday designed to make it easier for users to manage their privacy and find out how their data is being used. The changes are intended to rebuild users’ trust in the social network after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But they may be more of a Band-Aid than a fix.  […]

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Mark Zuckerberg won't talk to U.K. Parliament about Cambridge Analytica

Mar 27, 2018
The Facebook CEO can't be forced to testify, but it might hurt his reputation, our London bureau chief says.
Mark Zuckerberg isn't a British citizen, so he can't be compelled to appear before the United Kingdom Parliament.
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Will data-sharing agreement affect tech industry?

Jan 29, 2016
Just because they parked it in your spot doesn't necessarily make it yours.