Posts tagged GDPR
TIME: The Most Disturbing Thing About Facebook's Controversial Data Research Program

"But the most alarming element of Facebook’s research program was its inherently exploitative nature. By offering as paltry a sum as $20 to see nearly everything we’re doing on our smartphones, Facebook is, whether consciously or not, targeting the most desperate among us. Facebook users who make a comfortable wage are unlikely to see that deal as worth the trade-off.

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FINANCIAL TIMES: Data brokers: regulators try to rein in the ‘privacy deathstars’

"Over the past five years, the data broker industry expanded aggressively in what amounted to a virtual regulatory vacuum. The rise of internet-connected devices has fuelled an enhanced industry of “cross-device tracking” that matches people’s data collected from across their smartphones, tablets, televisions and other connected devices. It can also connect people’s behaviours in the real world with what they are doing online."

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LOS ANGELES TIMES: L.A. is suing IBM for illegally gathering and selling user data through its Weather Channel app

The suit cited an investigation by the New York Times last month that found at least 75 companies that collected precise location data via smartphone apps — in one case pinging a user’s location 14,000 times in one day — then used it to fuel consumer insight research and the $21-billion location-based advertising industry.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL: Advertisers’ Top Trade Group Pushes for Federal Data Privacy Regulation

"Mr. Jaffe said reasonable practices might include the collection and use of many kinds of sales data, but not “sensitive” data that is protected under existing laws, such as those protecting children and personal health information. Reasonable practices also would provide consumers with transparency and choice around how their data can be used, according to the ANA’s comments."

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TECHCRUNCH: This early GDPR adtech strike puts the spotlight on consent

"Confusing and/or incomplete consent flows aren’t yet extinct, sadly. But it’s fair to say those that don’t offer full opt-in choice are on borrowed time. Because if your service or app relies on obtaining consent to process EU users’ personal data — as many free at the point-of-use, ad-supported apps do — then the GDPR states consent must be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous.”

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NEW YORK TIMES: Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

"Even industry insiders acknowledge that many people either don’t read those policies or may not fully understand their opaque language. Policies for apps that funnel location information to help investment firms, for instance, have said the data is used for market analysis, or simply shared for business purposes."

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WIRED: Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database With 340 Million Records

“A GDPR-like law in the US, he notes, might not have prevented Exactis from collecting the data it later leaked, but it might have required the company to at least disclose to individuals what sort of data it collects about them and allow them to limit how that data is stored or used.”

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