privacy policy

Block Party, a startup developed by software engineer and tech diversity advocate Tracy Chou, was among the victims of Twitter’s (now X’s) API changes earlier this year, forcing it to…

After losing access to Twitter’s API, Block Party pivots to privacy

Yesterday, we looked at a new hardware startup called Telly that’s giving away half a million of its new smart televisions for free. The catch is that the 55-inch smart…

Telly, the ‘free’ smart TV with ads, has privacy policy red flags

WhatsApp has been warned by European regulators it has one more month to fix its confusing terms of service, the Commission said today. The Meta-owned messaging platform has been under…

WhatsApp given a month to fix consumer ToS concerns in Europe

In an effort to make its notoriously dense user agreements less labyrinthine, Meta has rewritten and redesigned how that information is presented. The company insists that the changes are in…

Meta consolidates its privacy policy to appease regulators

A team at Google is today launching a new product for mobile app developers called Checks which leverages AI technology to identify possible privacy and compliance issues within apps, amid…

Google’s Area 120 debuts Checks, an AI-powered privacy compliance solution for mobile apps

Remember the backlash over that impossible-to-understand privacy policy update pushed out by WhatsApp last year? A consumer protection complaint over the messaging platform’s aggressive push to make users accept impenetrable terms…

WhatsApp quizzed over consumer protection concerns in EU

It’s never too late to create and implement a data ethics framework, but the best step a company can take is implementing this framework from the outset of the business.

How to implement an actionable data ethics framework

TikTok’s plans to collect biometric identifiers from its users has prompted concern among U.S. lawmakers, who are demanding the company reveal exactly what information it collects and what it plans…

Senators challenge TikTok’s ‘alarming’ plan to collect users’ voice and face biometrics

If Facebook’s privacy policy is as hard to comprehend as German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason,” we have a problem.

Kill the standard privacy notice

The Hamburg data protection agency has banned Facebook from processing the additional WhatsApp user data that the tech giant is granting itself access to under a mandatory update to WhatsApp’s…

Facebook ordered not to apply controversial WhatsApp T&Cs in Germany

Small startups might not think the world’s strictest data privacy laws apply to them, but it’s important to enact best data management practices before a legal situation arises.

How startups can ensure CCPA and GDPR compliance in 2021

A UK parliamentary committee that focuses on human rights issues has called for primary legislation to be put in place to ensure that legal protections wrap around the national coronavirus…

UK’s NHS COVID-19 app lacks robust legal safeguards against data misuse, warns committee

The latest confirmation of the online tracking industry’s continued flouting of EU privacy laws which — at least on paper — are supposed to protect citizens from consent-less digital surveillance…

Cookie consent still a compliance trash fire in latest watchdog peek

Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and…

DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

Google has buried a major change in legal jurisdiction for its U.K. users, moving them out from being covered by the European Union’s data protection framework and under U.S. jurisdiction,…

Google’s new T&Cs include a Brexit ‘Easter egg’ for UK users

California’s new privacy law is now in effect, allowing state residents to take better control of the data that’s collected on them — from social networks, banks, credit agencies and…

Here’s where California residents can stop companies selling their data

Europe’s lead data regulator has issued its first ever sanction of an EU institution — taking enforcement action against the European parliament over its use of US-based digital campaign company,…

European parliament’s NationBuilder contract under investigation by data regulator

A new startup is clearing the way for other companies to better monitor and manage their risk and compliance with privacy laws. Osano, an Austin, Texas-based startup, bills itself as…

Osano makes business risk and compliance (somewhat) sexy again

Google has responded to a report this week from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS, which revealed that contractors were given access to Google Assistant voice recordings, including those which contained…

Google is investigating the source of voice data leak, plans to update its privacy policies

A year on from Europe’s flagship update to the pan-EU data protection framework the Commission has warned that too many privacy policies are still too hard to read and has…

Privacy policies are still too horrible to read in full

A coalition of child protection and privacy groups has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging it to investigate a kid-focused edition of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker.…

Alexa, does the Echo Dot Kids protect children’s privacy?

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Taxing your privacy

Data collection through mobile tracking is big business. For consumers, protecting yourself against the who, what and where of data flow is just the beginning.

3:30 am PST • March 6, 2019
Taxing your privacy

The European Commission has finally given the U.S. a deadline related to the much criticized data transfer mechanism known as the EU-US Privacy Shield. But it’s only asking for the…

Europe issues a deadline for US’ Privacy Shield compliance

An analysis of the impact of Europe’s new data protection framework, GDPR, on the adtech industry suggests the regulation has reduced the numbers of ad trackers that websites are hooking into…

GDPR has cut ad trackers in Europe but helped Google, study suggests

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Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data

It’s been just over four months since Europe’s tough new privacy framework came into force. You might believe that little of substance has changed for big tech’s data-hungry smooth operators since then — beyond firing out a wave of privacy policy update spam, and putting up a fresh cluster of consent pop-ups that are just…

3:36 am PDT • October 3, 2018
Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data

Put on your best unsurprised face: Unroll.me, a company that has, for years, used the premise of ‘free’ but not very useful ’email management’ services to gain access to people’s…

Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR

The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a privacy complaint about Grindr, arguing it’s in breach of national and European data protection laws after it emerged the dating app has been…

Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data

A court in Germany has ruled that Facebook’s default privacy settings and some of its terms and conditions breached local laws. The Berlin court passed judgement late last month but…

German court finds fault with Facebook’s default privacy settings

Popular media player software maker Plex has had a rough weekend. The company alerted users via email on Friday about an updated privacy policy due to go into effect in…

Plex changes its new privacy policy after backlash, clarified it’s not trying to see what’s in your library

Meet Dave: an AI dressed up in a bearsuit that’s just launched to save you from the evils of expensive overdraft fees. Hand Dave access to your checking account and…

Dave wants to save you from expensive overdraft fees