EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

EU politicians want Europe’s next big digital law to tackle micro-targeted advertising, by regulating or even banning it

As part of the preparatory work for drafting the DSA, three of the European Parliament’s specialist committees have drawn up recommendations for what should be included: those for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Legal Affairs, and Civil Liberties.

Signal Foundation

Signal Foundation

Brian Acton is an entrepreneur and computer programmer who co-founded the messaging app WhatsApp in 2009.Prior to founding WhatsApp and Signal Foundation, Acton worked as a software builder for more than 25 years at companies like Apple, Yahoo, and Adobe.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

GDPR watchdog’s investigation finds that tracking and consent pop-ups used by Google and other major websites and apps are unlawful.

The Belgian Data Protection Authority (APD-GBA) has found serious GDPR infringements in the system Google and others use to legitimise online tracking.

Netflix-style services undercut military recruiting ads, so DoD wants new authorities from Congress

Netflix-style services undercut military recruiting ads, so DoD wants new authorities from Congress

To combat the oversaturated market and the trend toward customized media consumption, which often eschews traditional advertising, the Defense Department asked Congress for authorities that expand information collection, mirror private sector ads and help tailor content to youths, according to Stephanie Miller, director of military accession policy within the Pentagon.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

Today, the surveillance cameras of public authorities and the data centers of advertising companies are the big bogeyman, because they create profiles of all people who move around the Internet.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

In auctioning off advertising space on their apps and websites, publishers likewise share personal data via permissions — phone numbers, device IDs, browsing history — with Google and hundreds of other companies like it.

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

4) The new iOS 14 update adds fresh privacy features – and gives you a redesigned home screenCredit: Apple That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

Facebook faces lawsuit for spying on Instagram users with camera

Facebook faces lawsuit for spying on Instagram users with camera

When the revelation that Instagram was accessing user cameras was revealed by an iOS update in July of 2020, Facebook was quick to dismiss it as a bug that would soon be fixed.

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Web sites shared over 100 trillion pieces of our personal data last year: time to stop real-time bidding’s blatant disregard of privacy

Today, we at the ICCL [Irish Council for Civil Liberties] submitted evidence to the DPC that show the consequence of failure to enforce the GDPR to stop the vast RTB data breach at the heart of the online advertising industry.

AT&T to offer ad supported phone plans where you give up privacy for $5 to $10

AT&T to offer ad supported phone plans where you give up privacy for $5 to $10

AT&T is planning to offer ad-supported phone plans within a year, according to an exclusive interview that AT&T CEO John Stankey had with Reuters.

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

Exclusive: AT&T considers cellphone plans subsidized by ads

The planned launch of an ad-supported version of AT&T’s video-streaming service HBO Max next year will serve as a “foundational element” that will provide new advertising inventory, and would be key to new phone plans supported by ads, Stankey said without offering details.

Your Online Choices

Your Online Choices

The cross-industry self-regulatory initiative was developed by leading European bodies to introduce pan-European standards to enhance transparency and user control over data used for interest based advertising.

App privacy details on the App Store

App privacy details on the App Store

You’ll need to identify whether each data type is linked to a user’s account, device, or identity by you and/or your third-party partners.You’ll need to understand whether you and/or your third-party partners use data from your app to track users and, if so, which data is used for this purpose.

Apple delays new anti-tracking privacy measures

Apple delays new anti-tracking privacy measures

The changes also mean app will have to ask a user's permission to access the ad-tracking ID on an iPhone or iPad. The measures were due to arrive in the latest iOS 14 update in the autumn.

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

Facebook warns Apple's iOS 14 could shave more than 50% from Audience Network revenue

The Facebook Audience Network allows mobile software developers to provide in-app advertisements targeted to users based on Facebook's data.Today, advertisers can use a unique device ID number called the IDFA to better target ads and estimate their effectiveness.

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

How We’re Preparing Businesses for the Impact of iOS 14

In June, Apple announced iOS 14 updates that, among other changes, require apps to ask users for permission to collect and share data using Apple’s device identifier.

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Radar is a program that gives advertisers access to anonymized phone location data of those that pass by billboards with their ads on them and represents the pinnacle of outdoor ad tracking.

Web by Google (TM)

Web by Google (TM)

But Google doesn’t even need Chrome to dictate standards since it controls the Web’s front door.I think it’s safe to say that Google’s AdWords is the dominant advertising platform on the open Web, which means it holds a commanding position in the Web’s finances.

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

Can Killing Cookies Save Journalism?

A study performed by Google last year, for example, concluded that disabling cookies reduced publisher revenue by more than 50 percent.

You Gave Your Phone Number to Twitter for Security and Twitter Used it for Ads

You Gave Your Phone Number to Twitter for Security and Twitter Used it for Ads

In a blog post, the company said an 'error' in its 'Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising system' inadvertently used the information provided by users for security reasons to run targeted ads based on the advertisers' own marketing lists.

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

Don't post on Facebook unless you are prepared to face the consequences

“When I saw the ads,” she writes, “I knew that Facebook had probably tagged me to receive them.” At which point I began to wonder if even such a sophisticated user of social media really understood how it works.

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

Google vows not to use Fitbit data to target ads

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acquisition, the U.S. tech company said late on Monday.

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

New #iOS 14 allows #Apple users to selectively disable ad tracking by making their unique IDs invisible to apps.

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

I wanted to find out how many visitors would engage with a GDPR banner if it were implemented properly and how many would grant consent to their information being collected and shared.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

Johnny Ryan, chief policy officer at privacy-focused browser biz Brave, has reported on how ad revenue increased when Dutch national broadcaster NPO stopped running third-party trackers on its online video website.

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

(Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

A Former Google Executive Takes Aim at His Old Company With a Start-Up

After that, Mr. Ramaswamy said he aimed to charge a monthly subscription of less than $10 and he hopes to bring the price down over time as more users sign up.