New York Times: It’s Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data

New York Times: It’s Time to Tax Companies for Using Our Personal Data. “The value of our personal data is primarily locked up in the revenues of large corporations. Some, like data brokerages, exist solely to buy and sell sets of that data. Why should companies be the major, and often the only, beneficiaries of this largess? They shouldn’t. Those financial benefits need to be shared, and the best way to do it is to impose a small tax on this revenue and use the proceeds to build a better, more equitable internet and society that benefit us all.”

BetaNews: UK government to force social media and tech companies to give users more control over their data

BetaNews: UK government to force social media and tech companies to give users more control over their data. “The UK government is set to introduce a new Data Protection Bill which will give people the right to demand companies delete personal data. The bill, due to be introduced this summer, will make it easier for people to find out what information is held about them and how it is being used.”

Asiana Airlines Customer Database Left Unsecured for Literally Years

Two facepalms in one issue of ResearchBuzz! Apparently the customer database for Asiana Airlines has been unsecured since 2013. “In line with its internal rules, the company had been deleting login records on the server between January 2013 and August 2014, making it impossible to trace server activity during the period…. The unprotected information includes citizen resident numbers, passport information, home addresses, bank account details, phone numbers and family relations records.”

Another Leak of Voter Information

There’s been another leak of voter information. “Last week, Salted Hash reported on the massive voter records leak after a database was exposed due to a configuration error. … Around the same time the first database was discovered a second, smaller database was also found by researcher Chris Vickery. This second database contains voter profiles similar to those previously discovered, however, it also includes records that hold targeted demographic information.”