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Calls for Labour and Tories to be investigated over voter data

Calls for Labour and Tories to be investigated over voter data

Technology
Data protection experts have called on the watchdog to investigate political parties' use of data, after internal Labour and Conservative records revealed how they will target voters in a general election.Manuals for Labour campaigners, seen by Sky News, show the party buys data from credit reference agency Experian in order to target both traditional canvassing and advertising on Facebook. Data obtained from the Conservatives shows it categorises people using Experian data in its VoteSource database.Experian's data is widely used by political parties and private companies, who prize its ability to classify voters on a street-by-street basis into categories such as "Bank of Mum and Dad", "Disconnected Youth" and "Midlife Stopgap".Labour and the Conservatives buy Experian's Mosaic database,...
The Lib Dems are using data to profile every voter in UK – and give you a score

The Lib Dems are using data to profile every voter in UK – and give you a score

Technology
The Liberal Democrats are profiling every voter in the country by rating their political preferences, Sky News can reveal.This includes which party they will vote for in the next election and whether they are a Remainer or Leaver. The percentage ratings - there are at least 42 in total, although the identity of only 37 are known - estimate whether someone voted Leave or Remain in the 2016 EU referendum and predict how they would vote if there was a second poll in 2019.Other scored characteristics include "Likelihood of being a Labour voter in 2019", "Likelihood of being a core Lib Dem" and "Net difference in likelihood of voting for the Conservative or Brexit Party in 2019".The system, which uses a sophisticated computer model to generate the scores, also assesses personal outlooks, giving...

Court rules startup may collect data from LinkedIn profiles

Technology
A federal appeals court has affirmed the right of a startup company to collect information from people's public profiles on networking service LinkedIn. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco upheld a previous ruling Monday siding with hiQ Labs, a San Francisco company that analyzes workforce data scraped from profiles. LinkedIn invoked a federal anti-hacking law in telling hiQ to stop. It also installed technical blocks to prevent hiQ from accessing otherwise publicly available information on LinkedIn users. A 2017 ruling ordered LinkedIn to stop blocking the startup. LinkedIn appealed. LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., said it is disappointed in the decision and evaluating options for an appeal. HiQ did not immediately respond for a message for comme...
YouTube fined $170m after collecting personal data of children under 13

YouTube fined $170m after collecting personal data of children under 13

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YouTube is to pay $ 170m (£139.4m) over allegations it collected the personal data of children without parental consent. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined the Google-owned platform $ 136m (£111m) after it violated a law requiring companies to gain the permission of parents before collecting personal details from their children. This is the largest fine the FTC has ever levelled against Google, which will pay an additional $ 34m (£27.9m) following similar accusations by the New York state attorney general. Image: More and more young people are watching TV on YouTube The company was said to have tracked viewers of channels targeted at children using cookies.Cookies are downloaded to a computer when a website is visited for the