privacy

Meta consolidates its privacy policy to appease regulators

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 form, not

DDG has a tracker blocking carve-out linked to Microsoft contract

DuckDuckGo, the self-styled “internet privacy company” — which, for years, has built a brand around a claim of non-tracking web search and, more recently, launched its own ‘pri

If you can’t leave Facebook, know these Facebook privacy settings

Cybersecurity 101: Here's how you can reclaim — or delete — your Facebook data.

Washington, DC’s AG is suing Mark Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica

The District of Columbia has just announced fresh litigation targeting Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for his role in the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data misuse episode — alleging it has e

UK fines Clearview just under $10M for privacy breaches

The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has confirmed a penalty for the controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI — announcing a fine of just over £7.5 million today for a string

We (skim)read Meta’s metaverse manifesto so you don’t have to…

Meta’s recently crowned president of global affairs, Nick Clegg — who, in a former life, was literally the deputy prime minister of the U.K. — has been earning his keep in California

New Apple ad targets data brokers

Apple is doubling down on raising consumer awareness of privacy risks in a new ad campaign, unveiled today, which puts the spotlight on how the data broker industry trades in mobile users’ perso

Spain slaps Google for frustrating the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’

Here’s a rare sight: Google has been hit with a €10 million fine by Spain for serious breaches of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which found it had passed

Report spotlights vast scale of adtech’s ‘biggest data breach’

New data about the real-time-bidding (RTB) system’s use of web users’ info for tracking and ad targeting, released today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), suggests Google an

Twitter launches a new web game to make its privacy policy easier to understand

Twitter announced today that it has rolled out a new web video game to make it easier for users to understand its privacy policy. The goal of the game, which is called Data Dash, is to educate people

The market for synthetic data is bigger than you think

To understand what's happening, but also what's coming if synthetic data does get more broadly adopted, we talked to various CEOs and VCs over the last few months.

As Roe v. Wade reversal looms, should you delete your period-tracking app?

Experts say fears over period-tracking apps in a post-Roe vs. Wade world aren't unfounded, but knowing which apps track you is only half of the battle.

How to remove your personal information from Google search results

Cybersecurity 101: It's now easier to request the removal of your personal information from Google search results.

Google now lets you request the removal of personal contact information from search results

Google announced this week that it’s expanding the types of personal information that users can request to be removed from search results. Under the new policy expansion, people can request the

Europe’s top court unblocks more GDPR litigation against Big Tech

A ruling by the European Union’s top court today is set to unblock a raft of litigation brought by consumer protection organizations seeking to apply the bloc’s General Data Protection Reg

Leaked Facebook ads document raises fresh questions over GDPR enforcement

Motherboard/Vice had an explosive report on Facebook’s business yesterday that’s sure to raise fresh questions over the lack of enforcement of European privacy laws against the adtech gian

Google Cloud launches its new data loss prevention tool for BigQuery

Inevitably, large businesses will collect all kinds of sensitive data. Often, that’s personal identifiable data (PII) of their customers and employees, or other information that only a select nu

Tim Cook uses privacy keynote to attack sideloading

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a speech at the IAPP conference in Washington, D.C. today to frame looming competition reforms which could force the iPhone maker to allow sideloading of apps as a threat t

DuckDuckGo launches Mac app in beta

DuckDuckGo has launched a beta version of their browser app for Mac and is planning an upcoming launch of a Windows version. The new Mac app comes with DuckDuckGo’s search engine, a built-in pas

EU-US data transfers deal could be finalized by end of year, says bloc

The European Commission continues to eschew pronouncing a firm timeline for finalizing a new EU-U.S. data transfers deal after the two sides reached a political agreement on a way forward last month.
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