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Facebook’s latest ‘transparency’ tool doesn’t offer much — so we went digging
Just under a month ago Facebook switched on global availability of a tool which affords users a glimpse into the murky world of tracking that its business relies upon to profile users of the wider web
Would you sell your personal data for profit? Survey says ‘no’
A full 63% of survey respondents said they would "never" sell their data
Digital Trends: Gaming
New app helps you identify IoT devices around you, tells you what data they collect
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have come up with this new IoT Assistant app (available for both iOS and Android) that will supposedly inform you about what Internet-connected smart devices are around
EU’s new digital strategy targets data-hoarding tech firms
The ambitious framework puts a target on all the biggest US Big Tech players.
Google users in post-Brexit UK to lose GDPR privacy protections
They'll be moved to US jurisdiction with notably weaker data protection rights Just when you think the post-Brexit situation can't get any worse for us poor sods in the UK, another depressing tidbit
Google’s new T&Cs include a Brexit ‘Easter egg’ for UK users
Google has buried a major change in legal jurisdiction for its U.K. users as part of a wider update to its terms and conditions that’s been announced today and which it says is intended to make its
Thanks to Brexit, British Google user data will be moved to U.S.
Using Google in the UK? Your data is about to move under U.S. jurisdiction thanks to Brexit. Google is moving where it controls British user data from Ireland, where the company's Europe headquarters
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Irish data agency investigates GDPR violations by Facebook and others
Ireland's Data Protection Commission released its annual report, which disclosed that it has launched 21 investigations into GDPR violations.
Google gobbling Fitbit is a major privacy risk, warns EU data protection advisor
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google’s plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users — at a time when the company is
UK Google users could lose EU GDPR data protections
Brexit prompts firm to move data and user accounts of British users from EU to USGoogle is to move the data and user accounts of its British users from the EU to the US, placing them outside the .The
The Guardian: World News
Reuters: UK Google users will lose GDPR protections
Google users in the UK might feel another effect of the Brexit process, and it's one they may not have expected. According to Reuters, the tech giant is planning to place British users' accounts under
Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report
The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework,
Privacy Laws Are Only as Effective as the Companies Implementing Them
Sometimes the very laws meant to enforce privacy can result in companies sharing it.
New York Senator Proposes a Federal ‘Data Protection Agency’
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the United States government more involved in protecting digital privacy, and she wants to create a new federal agency to do it. Gillibrand (D-NY) proposed
Facebook Dating's Valentine's Day launch in Europe is canceled
Facebook has been forced to withdraw a planned rollout of Facebook Dating in Europe after Irish data protection regulators stepped in. The service was due to launch in time for Valentine's Day, but
Facebook Dating launch blocked in Europe after it fails to show privacy workings
Facebook has been left red-faced after being forced to call off the launch date of its dating service in Europe because it failed to give its lead EU data regulator enough advanced warning, and it
India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity
Banning re-identification discourages researchers from finding weaknesses, and encourages criminals to exploit them.
CCPA won’t be enough to fix tech’s data entitlement problem
Trust, not data, is the most valuable currency for businesses today. But current data practices do nothing to earn that trust, and we can’t count on regulation alone to change that.
Ireland's data privacy watchdog opens probes into Google and Tinder
Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has opened two separate GDPR investigations into Google and Tinder. In the case of the latter, the agency says it will examine how the dating app handles
After Math: Risky businesses
Joel Goodsen would blush seeing the sorts of shenanigans some of these these corporations have been getting into. And occasionally even succeeding at. Netflix goosed its viewing criteria to give a