Posts tagged Tracking
FORTUNE: Google and Ad Industry Accused of “Massive” Abuse of Intimate Personal Data

“Last September, a coalition of privacy activists and browser-makers targeted Google and the advertising technology industry with complaints about “a massive and ongoing data breach that affects virtually every user on the web” — the broadcasting of people’s personal data to dozens of companies, without proper security.”

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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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FORTUNE: Beware Big Tech's Data Privacy Doublespeak

"Is it any wonder the world is undergoing a crisis of trust? Data privacy disclosures ought to be crystal clear. There should be no uncertainty about how one’s data are being used or where they’re flowing. During her talk in Brussels, [IBM CEO Ginni] Rometty told the audience that consumers “have very little power against the dominant internet platform companies.” In the absence of informed consent, she’s right."

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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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