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Healthcare firms are scrambling to reassess how their websites collect user data following HHS’ web-tracking crackdown — and your startup could be next.

The crackdown on pixel tracking in telehealth is a warning for every startup

QR code tech, which exploded during the pandemic as businesses searched for hygienic alternatives to physical touchpoints, continues to grow in popularity, particularly across sectors such as restaurants and outlet…

Beaconstac lands $25M investment for its QR code management platform

‘Beware in-app browsers’ is a good rule of thumb for any privacy conscious mobile app user — given the potential for an app to leverage its hold on user attention…

TikTok’s in-app browser could be keylogging, privacy analysis warns

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TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup tool

TechCrunch today launched a spyware lookup tool that allows anyone to check if their Android device was compromised by a network of consumer-grade stalkerware apps, including TheTruthSpy. The aim is to help victims check if their device was compromised and reclaim control of their device. It follows a months-long investigation by TechCrunch into the apps…

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TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup tool

Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40 million+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were found — in a 2021 court…

Google fined $40M+ for misleading location-tracking settings on Android

FullStory, which sells analytics tools for apps and websites, secured $25 million in new equity financing, paperwork filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week shows.  According to…

FullStory secures $25M to help companies spot issues in their apps and websites

Just over a year after launching a major project targeting thousands of sites blatantly flouting cookie tracking rules in Europe, regional privacy campaign group noyb has fired off another batch…

Hold-outs targeted in fresh batch of noyb GDPR cookie consent complaints

Google is again delaying plans to phase out Chrome’s use of third-party cookies — the files websites use to remember preferences and track online activity. In a blog post, Anthony…

Google delays move away from cookies in Chrome to 2024

As regulation, platform dynamics and consumer choice continue to eat into the adtech stalwart known as cookies, it’s leaving a gap in the market for advertising solutions that can work…

Seedtag, the ex-Googler-founded, cookie-free, AI-based adtech startup, taps $250M+ in funding

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…

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

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…

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

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…

New Apple ad targets data brokers

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…

Tim Cook uses privacy keynote to attack sideloading

An interesting new study of 1,759 iOS apps before and after Apple implemented a major privacy feature last year which required developers to ask permission to track app users —…

Study of Apple’s ATT impact highlights competition concerns

The use of tracking cookies is winding down, and Apple’s anti-tracking privacy update has impacted mobile apps’ advertising revenues. But these changes have only prompted the adtech industry to get…

SiriusXM figures out how to track audiences across its apps, including Pandora and Stitcher

Over 30 civil society organizations, pro-privacy tech businesses and European startups are making a last-ditch pitch to try to convince EU lawmakers to put stricter limits on surveillance advertising as…

Give users genuine control over ad targeting, MEPs urged

In the latest quasi-throwback toward “do not track,” the U.K.’s data protection chief has come out in favor of a browser- and/or device-level setting to allow internet users to set…

After years of inaction against adtech, UK’s ICO calls for browser-level controls to fix ‘cookie fatigue’

As consumer behavior and expectations around privacy have shifted — and operating systems and browsers have adapted to this — the age of cookies as a means of tracking user…

Google Analytics prepares for life after cookies

Google today announced that it is rolling out Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), a crucial part of its Privacy Sandbox project for Chrome, as a developer origin trial. FLoC is…

Google starts trialing its FLoC cookie alternative in Chrome

Pet tech company Fi today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B. The round, led by Chuck Murphy of Longview Asset Management, follows a $7 million Series…

Connected pet collar company Fi raises a $30M Series B

Microsoft-owned GitHub today announced that it is doing away with all non-essential cookies on its platform. Thanks to this, starting today, GitHub.com and its subdomains will not feature a cookie…

GitHub says goodbye to cookie banners

Permutive is announcing that it has raised $18.5 million in Series B funding, as the London-based startup works to help online publishers make money in a changing privacy landscape. CEO…

Permutive raises $18.5M to help publishers target ads in a new privacy landscape

Apple is turning the tables on invasive ad trackers. The tech giant announced Monday a new privacy feature in its underdog browser, Safari, which will shine a spotlight on all…

Apple’s Safari will soon tell you all the ad trackers watching you

In a public health emergency that relies on people keeping an anti-social distance from each other to avoid spreading a highly contagious virus for which humans have no pre-existing immunity…

What are the rules wrapping privacy during COVID-19?

We are still waiting to see if Apple officially unveils a new spin on the business of tracking tags — the small devices that you put on “dumb” objects like…

With a possible Apple tag waiting in the wings, Tile unveils Sticker, an adhesive device for tracking objects

Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track…

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

From today Firefox users who update to the latest version of the browser will find a pro-privacy setting flipped for them on desktop and Android smartphones, assuming they didn’t already have…

Mozilla flips the default switch on Firefox tracker cookie blocking

WebKit, the open source engine that underpins Internet browsers including Apple’s Safari browser, has announced a new tracking prevention policy that takes the strictest line yet on the background and…

WebKit’s new anti-tracking policy puts privacy on a par with security

The Inspire’s mere existence isn’t news in and of itself. The device was actually announced a couple of weeks back. But back then, it was a corporate exclusive — the…

Fitbit’s Inspire will replace the Alta, Zip, One and Flex 2 devices

Mozilla today announced that its Firefox browser will soon by default automatically block all attempts at cross-site tracking. There are three parts to this strategy. Starting with version 63, which…

Firefox will soon start blocking trackers by default