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Adblock Plus’s Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking

Adblock Plus’s Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking Publishers hate ad blockers, but millions of internet users embrace them — and many browsers even bake it in as a feature, including Google’s own Chrome. At the same time, growing numbers of publishers are walling off free content for visitors […]

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Google’s Sundar Pichai doesn’t want you to be clear-eyed about AI’s dangers

Google’s Sundar Pichai doesn’t want you to be clear-eyed about AI’s dangers Alphabet and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is the latest tech giant kingpin to make a public call for AI to be regulated while simultaneously encouraging lawmakers towards a dilute enabling framework that does not put any hard limits on what […]

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EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper

EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper The European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology, according to a draft proposal for regulating artificial intelligence obtained by Euroactiv. Creating rules to ensure AI is ‘trustworthy and human’ has been an early […]

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Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests

Mass surveillance for national security does conflict with EU privacy rights, court advisor suggests Mass surveillance regimes in the UK, Belgium and France which require bulk collection of digital data for a national security purpose may be at least partially in breach of fundamental privacy rights of European Union citizens, per the […]

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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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At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters

At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters Every year, Consumer Electronics Show attendees receive a branded backpack, but this year’s edition was special; made out of transparent plastic, the bag’s contents were visible without the wearer needing to unzip. It isn’t just a fashion decision. Over the years, security […]

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Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests

Cookie consent tools are being used to undermine EU privacy rules, study suggests Most cookie consent pop-ups served to internet users in the European Union — ostensibly seeking permission to track people’s web activity — are likely to be flouting regional privacy laws, a new study by researchers at MIT, UCL and […]

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DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot Google has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to […]

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How Ring is rethinking privacy and security

How Ring is rethinking privacy and security Ring is now a major player when it comes to consumer video doorbells, security cameras — and privacy protection. Amazon acquired the company and promotes its devices heavily on its e-commerce websites. Ring has even become a cultural phenomenon with viral videos being shared on […]

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Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030

Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges to improve 2030 Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin, or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look in 2030” he wrote today on Facebook. As you […]

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