Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

The Battle For Online Privacy is Just Beginning

Apple announced its plans to force mobile advertising companies to require consent from the user before being tracked for ad targeting.This massive change was announced as part of Apple’s fresh initiative to push the iPhone and the Apple ‘ecosystem’ towards a more private experience, which saw widespread complaints from tech giants including Facebook, Snapchat, and game-development platform Unity.

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Everything you wanted to know about “surveillance advertising” – and how to avoid it

Reflecting the broad-based resistance to this privacy-corrosive approach, there’s a new coalition of organizations, which is calling for a ban on what is dubs “surveillance advertising“: Surveillance advertising – the core profit-driver for gatekeepers like Facebook and Google, as well as adtech middlemen – is the practice of extensively tracking and profiling individuals and groups, and then microtargeting ads at them based on their behavioral history, relationships, and identity.

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, already block third-party trackers, but given that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, by far, with a market share in the 60-something percent range, the news was widely billed as a big step toward the end of letting companies target ads by tracking people around the internet.

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

The fundamental innovation behind Australia’s law is that it would create a direct conduit of revenue from (explicitly) Google and Facebook to media institutions, who could engage in collective bargaining to set rates for the tech companies use of their material.

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

The change is likely related to Apple’s upcoming rollout of iOS 14, which will require developers to get users’ permission to track their data across apps for targeted advertising.Making personalized ads mandatory allows TikTok to target advertising to some extent as more people opt out of cross-app tracking.

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile is planning to automatically opt its customers into an advertising program that will see user web and mobile app usage shared with advertisers, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

On Wednesday, Wojciech Wiewiorówski, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), opined that Europe's Digital Services Act proposal should go further in its effort to promote online transparency and safety by eliminating targeted advertising.

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google is slowly phasing out third-party tracking cookies, and today, it’s making it clear that it won’t just replace them with something equally invasive despite the impact the change will have on Google’s lucrative advertising business.

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Google to Stop Selling Targeted Ads Based on Browsing History

Shares of the Mountain View, Calif., unit of Alphabet at last check dropped 1% to $2,043.In a blog post, David Temkin, Google's director of product management for ads privacy and trust, said, "Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Weighing Google’s attempt to get the suit dismissed, Koh said she finds it “unusual” that the company would make the “extra effort” of data collection if it doesn’t use the information to build user profiles or targeted advertising.

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Think of Google as a kind of Godzilla that slurps up data about its users at one end and craps out gold ingots at the other.

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

For Walmart, which is investing in blockchain to track food suppliers and which has already patented technology to eavesdrop on customers in stores, it's another sign that retail is changing.

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

It said the company’s virtual item policy where users can purchase coins to use for virtual gifts for TikTok celebrities whose performance they like, contains unfair terms and misleading practices.“TikTok fails to protect children and teenagers from hidden advertising and potentially harmful content on its platform,” BEUC said.

EU privacy agency urges more safeguards to curb U.S. tech giants

EU privacy agency urges more safeguards to curb U.S. tech giants

DMA fines can be as much as 10% of global turnover and 6% for DSA breaches.“The EDPS welcomes the (DMA) proposal, as it seeks to promote fair and open markets and the fair processing of personal data,” the EU watchdog, which ensures that EU institutions comply with the bloc’s privacy rules, said in an opinion.

How to hide your iPhone's unique name from apps (and why you should)

How to hide your iPhone's unique name from apps (and why you should)

The newspaper obtained a data set that linked phone location data to advertising identifiers, which, combined with other available databases, allowed the paper to link that location data to real people.

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

Facebook’s Misleading Campaign Against Apple’s Privacy Policy

According to Facebook, Apple’s decision is especially damaging during this pandemic, because, as Facebook’s ads and website state, “Forty-four percent of small to medium businesses started or increased their usage of personalized ads on social media during the pandemic, according to a new Deloitte study.”.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees Apple as one of its biggest competitors, claiming that the privacy changes will help Apple services like iMessage and FaceTime that compete with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Google to Stop Collecting Advertising Identifiers in iOS Apps in Response to iOS 14's Upcoming Tracking Prompt

Google to Stop Collecting Advertising Identifiers in iOS Apps in Response to iOS 14's Upcoming Tracking Prompt

In a blog post, Google said that app developers may see a "significant impact" to their Google ad revenue on iOS after Apple's new policy takes effect: Apple's ATT changes will reduce visibility into key metrics that show how ads drive conversions (like app installs and sales) and will affect how advertisers value and bid on ad impressions.

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google says it has made progress on its so-called Privacy Sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browser's market dominance and privacy protections.

Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising

Google announces plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising

Google has announced a plan to tackle privacy issues in online advertising, as the company attempts to chart a middle ground between Apple’s privacy-first approach and the needs of advertisers – including itself.

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

Turkey slaps ad ban on Twitter under new social media law

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Ankara has imposed advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest after they failed to appoint local representatives in Turkey under a new social media law, according to decisions published on Tuesday.

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Privacy Litigation Series: Lane v. Facebook

Although nothing could substitute Sean Lane’s wife’s genuine surprise for getting a diamond ring as a present, Facebook lost this case and the privacy justice was served leading to the discontinuation of Beacon.

Skype say: we respects your privacy. We are committed to keeping your personal data private

Skype say: we respects your privacy. We are committed to keeping your personal data private

For several days now, WhatsApp users have been invited to accept a new condition for using the instant messaging service: the company explains that from February 8, data will be shared with Facebook, otherwise the service will be inaccessible.

Today’s online advertising not only seriously harms privacy, but is seriously broken in other ways; we need to fix it

Today’s online advertising not only seriously harms privacy, but is seriously broken in other ways; we need to fix it

For three and half years now, Privacy News Online has been warning about the huge, and largely ignored, danger of micro-targeted ads and real-time bidding (RTB).

App privacy labels show stark contrasts among messaging apps

App privacy labels show stark contrasts among messaging apps

Email address Phone number Search history Device ID WhatsApp. Device ID User ID Advertising Data Purchase History Coarse Location Phone Number Email Address Contacts Product Interaction Crash Data Performance Data Other Diagnostic Data Payment Info Customer Support Product Interaction Other User Content Facebook Messenger.

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

Google, Facebook reportedly agreed to work together to fight antitrust probes

The final version of the suit made public last week (PDF) alleged that Google and Facebook signed a secret agreement in 2018 that "fixes prices and allocates markets between Google and Facebook as competing bidders in the auctions for publishers' Web display and in-app advertising inventory.".

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

Facebook Managers Trash Their Own Ad Targeting in Unsealed Remarks

The documents feature internal Facebook communications in which managers appear to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities, including that ads reached the intended audience less than half of the time they were shown and that data behind a targeting criterion was “all crap.” Facebook says the material is presented out of context.

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

During WWDC 2020, Apple had announced a new iOS 14 privacy-based feature that sent chills down the spine of advertisement agencies.framework only a month away, Facebook is trying to sabotage it by running campaigns to pressurize Apple into postponing the new iOS 14 privacy feature.