New settings let users view and download their data by category. Screenshot: Facebook
Facebook last night showed off a number of new privacy options it's making in order to comply with GDPR, the new European data protection laws.
Yes, but: Even as Facebook is willing to take some incremental steps toward greater privacy and user control of personal data, it still seems to stumble in its implementation. In part, that may be because its business still depends on people being willing to share as much information as possible.
The bottom line: This isn't the end of Facebook's privacy changes, just the ones related to GDPR. The question is whether all the changes will be enough to keep existing users on the site and stave off further regulation.
Meanwhile: As the new European rules come into effect, legislators in the U.S. are still weighing what fresh rules might make sense here. Axios' David McCabe has a look at some of the options under consideration.
Finding Facebook's privacy shortcuts isn't as easy as searching for them. Screenshot: Facebook.com
With all the discussion of the GDPR-inspired changes, I decided it was time to do Facebook's privacy shortcuts for myself. It turns out it isn't as simple as just typing "privacy shortcuts" into Facebook's main search bar.
The right way: To get to Facebook's actual privacy shortcuts from a mobile device, look for the three bars in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Scroll to the bottom and under settings there's a link to privacy shortcuts. From a desktop browser, click on the circle with a question mark in the top right corner.
Quick take: This should be easier, and should certainly be accessible by typing "privacy shortcuts" into the search bar.
In response to the annual RSA conference’s initial dearth of female keynote speakers, a group of security experts set out to show one can hold a meaningful security conference that also happens to be diverse. Yep, it turns out you can, reports Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva, who attended the daylong event.
Focus: In contrast to RSA’s mostly vendor-centric conversation, OURSA brought up digital rights, surveillance, bias in security systems and designing software with privacy in mind, along with discussions of what it means to be a woman in tech and cybersecurity.
Facebook: The social media giant’s recent controversies around user privacy was a popular topic of discussion.
So will OURSA be back next year? “Hopefully, we won’t have to,” organizer and Uber head of security communications Melanie Ensign told Axios. In other words: Other conferences now have an example to follow.
George Isaacson (on left) is lead counsel for the defendants in South Dakota v. Wayfair. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.
Supreme Court justices seem split on whether to allow state governments to collect sales tax from online retailers, Axios' Kim Hart reports. It's a move that would drastically change long-standing interstate e-commerce rules.
Why it matters: It's one more example of the Supreme Court grappling with the collision of existing legal precedent and the realities of the tech-driven economy.
Driving the news: In the case before the high court Tuesday, South Dakota sought to overturn established rules that only allow states to require retailers to collect sales taxes if they have a physical presence there. Online retailers Wayfair and Overstock say changing the rules would force online retailers to deal with a confusing patchwork of state tax laws.
My thought bubble: I wonder where President Trump stands on this, given his disdain for Amazon. If only there were some sort of microblogging site where he could offer up his opinion in a few hundred characters.