Privacy

Children’s rights groups call out TikTok’s ‘design discrimination’

Research examining default settings and terms & conditions offered to minors by social media giants TikTok, WhatsApp and Instagram across 14 different countries — including the U.S., Brazil,

Italy warns TikTok over privacy policy switch

TikTok’s attempt to switch legal basis for targeting advertising at users in Europe looks to be in trouble after Italy’s data protection watchdog stepped in and issued a warning of legal inadequac

Biden order fortifies data privacy ahead of state-by-state legal battle over abortion

An executive order signed by President Biden places the White House’s weight firmly behind states where access to abortion is guaranteed, urging the FTC and other executive entities to examine a

TechCrunch+ roundup: Abortion ban’s hiring impact, 3 e-commerce trends, how to pivot a startup

The Bay Area long ago lost its monopoly on launching disruptive technology, but startups based in states that ban abortion are at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting talent.

A huge data leak of 1 billion records exposes China’s vast surveillance state

A massive store of data containing information on about one billion Chinese residents could be one of the biggest breaches of personal information in history. Portions of the leaked data appeared last

Summer decision looms for Facebook’s EU-US data transfers

The wheels of privacy enforcement are slowly turning against Facebook in Europe — where its lead data protection regulator, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), has taken a key proc

UK could force E2E encrypted platforms to do CSAM-scanning

The U.K. government has tabled an amendment to the Online Safety Bill that could put it on a collision course with end-to-end encryption. It’s proposing to give the incoming internet regulator,

Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Consumer rights groups in Europe have filed a new series of privacy complaints against Google — accusing the advertising giant of deceptive design around the account creation process that they say s

UK urgently needs new laws on use of biometrics, warns review

An independent review of UK legislation has concluded the country urgently needs new laws to govern the use of biometric technologies and called for the government to come forward with primary legisla

India delays VPN rules to log customers data by 3 months

India will give VPN providers and cloud service operators an additional three months to comply with new rules that require they maintain names and addresses of their customers and their IP addresses,

Consumers swap period tracking apps in search of increased privacy following Roe v. Wade ruling

Consumers are ditching their current period tracking apps in favor of what they perceive to be safer options in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that allows individual U.S. s

Uh oh! European carriers are trying to get into ‘personalized’ ad targeting

As Google works on reconfiguring its adtech stack to move away from cookie-based ad targeting to something else that’s not yet fixed but which it claims will be better for individual web users&#

Italy’s data watchdog latest to warn over use of Google Analytics

Another strike against use of Google Analytics in Europe: The Italian data protection authority has found a local web publisher’s use of the popular analytics tool to be non-compliant with EU da

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,

TikTok moves all US traffic to Oracle servers, amid new claims user data was accessed from China

TikTok said on Friday it is moving U.S. users’ data to Oracle servers stored in the United States. Overshadowing its migration announcement was a damning report that followed, claiming that TikTok s

WhatsApp now lets you hide your profile picture and ‘Last seen’ status from specific people

WhatsApp announced this week that it’s rolling out the ability for users to select who from their contact list can see their profile photo, about and “Last seen” status. Prior to the

UK wants to replace cookie pop-ups with browser-based opt-outs

The U.K. government has published its final response to a data ‘reform’ consultation it kicked off last year, laying out how it intends to diverge from EU-based data protection rules. At f

Firefox gets a privacy boost as Total Cookie Protection becomes the default for all users

While the ad tech industry tries to function in a less cookie-filled environment, browsers like Mozilla Firefox are jumping on the opportunity to grow its user base with features such as Total Cookie

VPN firms are removing servers in India to avoid customer data sharing rule

NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN providers, is the latest to confirm that it will be removing its servers in India ahead of the nation enacting new strict guidelines later this month. The Lithuani

Germany’s antitrust watchdog latest to probe Apple’s app privacy framework

A major privacy feature Apple launched last year, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) — which requires third-party apps to request permission from iOS users to track their digital activity for ad
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