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.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc. had requested the case be thrown out, saying the privacy policy users consent to explicitly notifies its data collection practices.“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” company spokesperson José Castañeda told The Verge in response to the court ruling.

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 Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

EU Parliament under fire over ‘illegal US data transfers’ from COVID website

European Parliament services are coming under pressure from a group of lawmakers working with privacy activist Max Schrems over allegations that the institution’s coronavirus test management website is illegally siphoning data to US-based firms.

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

Political parties engaged in 'systemic abuse of personal data', complaint alleges

The Open Rights Group complaint alleges that the parties conducted "highly intrusive profiling" without telling voters they were doing so - and that they went far beyond what was "necessary", a key term in data protection law, which states that use of data must be "necessary and proportional".

Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges

Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who were organizing employee protests, then firing two of them, according to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today.

Google’s new advertising technology is under the regulatory microscope after a group of businesses called for it to be legally blocked

Google’s new advertising technology is under the regulatory microscope after a group of businesses called for it to be legally blocked

The U.K. competition regulator is considering a formal investigation into Google’s new digital advertising tool, following a complaint from a group of online businesses that called on intervention to block the launch of the technology.

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Probe in the UK Over Ad Data Revamp Plans

According to AP, UK’s antitrust watchdog, Competition and Markets Authority, initiated its investigation after receiving a complaint from an organization called ‘Marketers for an Open Web’, which is said to be a coalition of technology and publishing companies.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Starting in early 2021, Apple's operating software will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their advertising identifier, a key number used to deliver targeted ads and check how ad campaigns performed.

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.

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.

Google 'Spying' On People's App Use, Lawsuit Claims

Google 'Spying' On People's App Use, Lawsuit Claims

by Wendy Davis @wendyndavis, Yesterday Google employees “spy” on smartphone users, collecting their sensitive data and information about their use of other companies' apps, New York resident Robert McCoy alleges in a new class-action complaint.

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

Updated Microsoft is being sued for allegedly sharing its Office 365 customers' business data with Facebook app developers, partners, and subcontractors in violation of its data privacy promises.

The background to EU citizens' court win over US tech giants

The background to EU citizens' court win over US tech giants

June 2018: Schrems files his second case against Facebook Ireland, arguing that the standard contractual clauses and the EU-US Privacy Shield are invalid, as they do not fully protect citizens’ rights.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had fined children’s app developer HyperBeard for $4 million but the company pleaded it only had $150,000 to pay for allegedly collecting children’s data in an unlawful way.

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

(Reuters) - Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

— Google violated federal wiretap laws when it continued to collect information about what users were doing on the internet without their permission even though they were browsing in so-called private browsing mode, according to a potential class-action lawsuit filed against the internet giant on Tuesday.

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

Noyb files complaint against Google under GDPR, saying Android Advertising ID can be tracked

A privacy advocacy group called Noyb – European Center for Digital Rights has filed a legal complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency against Google under Europe’s GDPR law .

State police illegally collected data, trooper claims in whistleblower suit

State police illegally collected data, trooper claims in whistleblower suit

George Loder, 50, of Scarborough is suing the Maine Intelligence Analysis Center, and its supervisors, claiming he was demoted after he told his bosses that the center was collecting and maintaining data illegally, including information about people who had applied to buy guns from firearms dealers, those who legally protested and those who worked at a Maine international camp for Israeli and Arab teens.

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

Google faces Privacy Complaint, accused of tracking EU users

The complaint was filed by Max Shrems, an Austrian privacy activist, and accused the search giant of unlawfully monitoring users and passing on the “tracking ID’ to various advertisers.It was filed with the Austrian data protection authority and mainly concerned Android users.

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

TikTok accused of breaching US child privacy regulations

Calling for an investigation into the matter and sanctions on TikTok, the consumer and child privacy groups said the company had failed to delete personal information collected from users aged 13 and under prior to the 2019 settlement order, in breach of the terms of the agreement.

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online.

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

If Winner wasn’t found the way the complaint claims, the mysterious dot code is one other way the FBI could have found her, as the research blog Errata Security spelled out in detail.

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR

Google has been accused of breaching one of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) principles surrounding consent that requires companies to provide a specific purpose for collecting and processing user personal data.