2018: A Big Year for Privacy

 
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Photo: Andrij Borys Associates / Shutterstock

 

Communications of the ACM, February 2019, Vol. 62 No. 2
By Carl Landwher

The year 2018 may in the future be seen as a turning point for privacy incidents and associated privacy-policy concerns. In March, the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook incident opened many eyes to the unanticipated places personal data reaches, and it continues to generate repercussions. Google shut down its struggling Google Plus social networking system in October, after announcing it had exposed the data of approximately 500,000 users, only 1% as many as involved in the Cambridge Analytica case. Facebook revealed another data breach in October, this one affecting a reported 29 million users.

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