Google: Privacy

As part of broader privacy push, Google gives users more control over location data

One of the major themes of Facebook’s F8 developer conference and this week’s Google I/O is privacy. Location is a sensitive and central part of the broader privacy discussion. Survey data have repeatedly shown that users care about who gets access to their location data and want more control over it. Android has historically given …

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Google’s Chrome will change cross-site cookie handling, ‘aggressively’ tackle fingerprinting

As expected, Google announced coming changes to the way its Chrome browser handles cookies and addresses fingerprinting on Tuesday at its annual I/O developer conference. New tools in Chrome will allow users to block or clear third-party cookies more easily, Google said. The company also announced a browser extension that will show more information about …

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Google tells Congress approved third-party apps can scan Gmail data

Bloomua / Shutterstock.com In a letter to members of the Senate Commerce Committee, Google acknowledged that it allows app developers to scan and compile details from Gmail messages, including details about purchases, travel, and which other people users interact with. Google says as long as apps clearly disclose this collection they are free to request …

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New report: Facebook and Google among tech firms lobbying Congress for ‘kinder’ federal data privacy laws

Earlier this month, we reported that the US government was finally starting to move toward adoption of a federal data privacy law, a move that has been long in coming for this administration, given its hesitancy to add any governmental regulations or restrictions to business. But before that law is crafted, tech firms want to …

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Senators introduce privacy “bill of rights” to protect consumer data

Earlier this month, U.S. senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a privacy “bill of rights” to protect American consumers’ personal data. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish privacy protections for customers of online edge providers like Facebook …

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Consumer groups file FTC complaint against YouTube for collecting kids’ personal data without parental consent

A coalition of 23 consumer groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging YouTube with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal data on children without parental consent. YouTube is owned by Google. The complaint was co-filed Monday by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center …

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Law and reputation firms generate 21% of Right to Be Forgotten delistings, says Google

Google says that there are “tens of thousands” of Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) requests filed each month in Europe. In a new blog post, the company explains that it’s updating its “Transparency Report,” which details RTBF requests, to include new categories of information. In addition to reporting aggregate data on requests, their countries of …

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Google has no ‘duty to inspect’ websites for illegal content before displaying

A German court has ruled that Google is not required to pre-screen websites for defamation before displaying them in search results. This ruling comes from the German Federal Court of Justice, the country’s highest court. The plaintiffs in the case had sought to force Google to filter out websites that displayed allegedly defamatory content about …

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Are brands any safer? Is programmatic ad buying any more transparent?

A little more than a year ago, in January 2017, Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer of Procter & Gamble, threw down a gauntlet. Frustrated by increasing instances of frauds, breaches, sloppy executions and potentially shady markups, Pritchard posed a historic dare to digital advertisers to either “grow up” or P&G would pull their ads. In …

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