Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Opinion | Facebook and Google Trackers Are Showing Up on Porn Sites

Facebook and Google denied that potential information collected by their trackers on pornography websites was used for creating marketing profiles intended to advertise to individuals.

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Google and Facebook’s tracking software is widely used on porn sites, shows new study

Visitors to porn sites have a “fundamentally misleading sense of privacy,” warn the authors of a new study that examines how tracking software made by tech companies like Google and Facebook is deployed on adult websites.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry.

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

The organization would also manage all urban data from the Sidewalk Toronto project and make it publicly accessible by default (if properly de-identified). In an attempt to head off that criticism, the company now says: Sidewalk Labs has already committed publicly that it would not sell personal information to third parties or use it for advertising purposes.

Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet

Opinion | Google’s 4,000-Word Privacy Policy Is a Secret History of the Internet

PRIVACY POLICY Last modified: December 18, 2017 (view archived versions) There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content.

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The writing is on the wall for ads based on real-time bidding in the EU – and maybe everywhere

The bad news for the online publishing industry is that behavioral ads based on real-time bidding are unlikely to survive for long in the EU. Assuming that is confirmed by further research, a world without micro-targeted ads based on real-time bidding would represent a huge win for privacy, with negligible damage to online publishers.

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

Irish regulator opens third privacy probe into Apple

The probe is examining whether Apple has complied with the relevant provisions of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law in relation to an access request from a customer.

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Regulator opens third privacy investigation into Apple

Like Apple, Twitter is also under three different investigations with one each for Google, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn and US digital advertising company Quantcast.

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon

But while the need for transparency is a central tenet of GDPR, the law is “not being enforced and it hasn’t changed behavior as intended,” Brookman said, at least not yet.

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

A look at Microsoft Edge's Tracking Prevention feature

Microsoft describes Tracking Prevention in Edge in the following way:Websites use trackers (like cookies and scripts) to collect info about how you use their sites and show you content like relevant ads.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Cook said Sign In With Apple differs from Google or Facebook in that it gives users the option to scramble their email address to prevent a third party from stealing it; notably, Facebook and Google generally share user data with their sign-in tools, as they make money primarily from advertising.

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google's privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.

Data Protection Commission opens statutory inquiry into Google Ireland Limited

Data Protection Commission opens statutory inquiry into Google Ireland Limited

Arising from the Data Protection Commission’s ongoing examination of data protection compliance in the area of personalised online advertising and a number of submissions to the Data Protection Commission, including those made by Dr. Johnny Ryan of Brave, a statutory inquiry pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 has been commenced in respect of Google Ireland Limited’s processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange.

Behavioral Ad Targeting Not Paying Off for Publishers, Study Suggests

Behavioral Ad Targeting Not Paying Off for Publishers, Study Suggests

But in one of the first empirical studies of the impacts of behaviorally targeted advertising on online publishers’ revenue, researchers at the University of Minnesota, University of California, Irvine, and Carnegie Mellon University suggest publishers only get about 4% more revenue for an ad impression that has a cookie enabled than for one that doesn’t.

WhatsApp Announces That It Will Start Showing Ads in 2020

WhatsApp Announces That It Will Start Showing Ads in 2020

‘InstaStories’ on Instagram and ‘Facebook Stories’ on Facebook have ads that appear while the user is tapping or swiping through the videos and pictures.

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

London Underground to start tracking all phones using Wi-Fi starting in July

Wi-Fi access points across 260 of the capital’s stations will track customers using their phones’ MAC addresses, which will allow TfL to see the routes they take through the network as well as through individual stations as they move from platform to platform.

Google faces first investigation by its European lead authority for “suspected infringement” of the GDPR, following formal complaint from Brave

Google faces first investigation by its European lead authority for “suspected infringement” of the GDPR, following formal complaint from Brave

[9] See “Ryan report on behavioral advertising and personal data” (URL: ) and “Examples of data in a bid request from IAB OpenRTB and Google Authorized Buyers’ specification documents” (URL: ); and “Google’s publisher verticals list” (URL: ), evidence submitted to the Irish Data Protection Commission, and UK Information Commissioner’s Office, 12 September 2018 and 20 February 2019.

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

Google’s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

The statutory inquiry into Google’s adtech that’s being opened by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), cites section 110 of Ireland’s Data Protection Act 2018, which means that the watchdog suspects infringement — and will now investigate its suspicions.

The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld

The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld

I’ve bolded the scary part: “Say you and your neighbor are both DirecTV customers and you’re watching the same live program at the same time,” says Brian Lesser, who oversees the vast data-crunching operation that supports this kind of advertising at AT&T.

Facebook data reportedly helps companies guess your credit score

Facebook data reportedly helps companies guess your credit score

Some advertisers are able to use Facebook-provided data to target ads based on a user's credit score. The tool in question is called "Actionable Insights,", which Facebook uses to share data about its users' mobile devices with telecom companies.

Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

We learned quite a bit about who advertises on Facebook, how they target their messages and how much information users can get about why they’re actually being shown specific ads.

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Though it doesn’t often come up and is confusing to think through, almost every app on your phone is full of third-party advertising intermediaries — at a minimum, ad software owned by Facebook or Twitter or Google, but often a couple dozen other companies you haven’t even heard of, as well.

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter Inc said on Monday it may have accidentally collected and shared location data of some users accessing its app through Apple devices with an advertising partner.

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

Via complex analysis that no one will understand, taking in data from your fridge, smart car, work calendar, facial expressions, and toilet, your smart TV will fire off a personalized ad about buying that shiny new handgun just at the moment you’re starting to feel… well, in fact, you won’t know what the reason is.

Read Google’s new Nest privacy promise and tell me if you’re swayed

Read Google’s new Nest privacy promise and tell me if you’re swayed

So today, as Google announced that it’s going to sell a device that’s not all that different from the Facebook Portal , whose most every review wondered whether you should really invite a Facebook camera into your home, Google also decided to publicly take ownership for privacy going forward.

Facebook’s Ad Archive API is Inadequate

Facebook’s Ad Archive API is Inadequate

Researchers’ guideline : A functional, open API should provide the content of the advertisement and information about targeting criteria. Facebook’s API : The API provides no information on targeting criteria, so researchers have no way to tell the audience that advertisers are paying to reach.

Is Apple really better about privacy? Here's what we found out

Is Apple really better about privacy? Here's what we found out

Unlike Facebook and Google, Apple says it scrambles this information and looks at patterns of usage, not at who it’s coming from.

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