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UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe

UK watchdog sets out “age appropriate” design code for online services to keep kids’ privacy safe The UK’s data protection watchdog has today published a set of design standards for Internet services which are intended to help protect the privacy of children online. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been working on […]

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Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds

Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published […]

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A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good

A 10-point plan to reboot the data industrial complex for the common good A posthumous manifesto by Giovanni Buttarelli, who until his death this summer was Europe’s chief data protection regulator, seeks to join the dots of surveillance capitalism’s rapacious colonization of human spaces, via increasingly pervasive and intrusive mapping and modelling […]

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Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe

Microsoft announces changes to cloud contract terms following EU privacy probe Chalk up another win for European data protection: Microsoft has announced changes to commercial cloud contracts following privacy concerns raised by European Union data protection authorities. The changes to contactual terms will apply globally and to all its commercial customers — […]

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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now

California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with […]

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Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit. To wit: iOS 13, […]

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Apple still has work to do on privacy

Apple still has work to do on privacy There’s no doubt that Apple’s self-polished reputation for privacy and security has taken a bit of a battering recently. On the security front, Google researchers just disclosed a major flaw in the iPhone, finding a number of malicious websites that could hack into a […]

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Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B

Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for .05B Splunk, the publicly traded data processing and analytics company, today announced that it has acquired SignalFx for a total price of about $1.05 billion. Approximately 60 percent of this will be in cash and 40 percent in Splunk common stock. The companies expect the […]

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The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants

The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants Navin Chaddha Contributor Navin Chaddha leads Mayfield. The firm invests in early-stage consumer and enterprise technology companies and currently has $2.7 billion under management. More posts by this contributor A people-first view of investing in innovation or entrepreneurs who take people for granted will […]

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Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe

Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe is now asking the company for detailed information about the operation of a voice-to-text feature in Facebook’s Messenger app and how it complies with EU law. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Facebook uses human […]

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