Our personal information is shared and sold across data companies used to target and manipulate us through marketing from social media companies, advertisers and politicians.
A new report from The Information today says that Apple is now planning to push back introducing the default feature that would ask users if whether they’re okay being tracked across apps and websites: Apple has told some developers that it plans to delay the enforcement of a controversial change to its next mobile operating system that would upend how ads are targeted on iPhones and iPads, according to people familiar with the matter.
The UK's Information Commissioners Office, which enforces privacy laws - including the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - has confirmed the Barclays probe to Information Security Media Group."We have an ongoing investigation relating to Barclays' alleged use of employee monitoring tools," an ICO spokeswoman tells ISMG.
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.
In the end, I analyzed about 10,000 web sessions, and found that nearly 2 out of every 100 ads from AppNexus are infected by malicious code .This is nearly double the average rate of malvertising for other ad networks, which ranges from 0.5 - 1%, depending on the source.
Over 508,000 disclosures of metadata to law enforcement agencies for criminal law purposes under the controversial Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act) occurred during the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase from last year's 482,800, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 2018-19 annual report [PDF] has revealed.
Companies that prioritize being HITRUST-certified, put their users before monetization strategy or revenue, and invest in clinical, evidence-based research will go the distance and, most importantly, help the most people.
The proposed law basically seeks to deter anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior by charging great gobs of money against the companies that get caught doing it.And in that same week, Facebook said it was the target of an FTC antitrust investigation, separate from the FTC's probes into its privacy practices.
In line with the Government’s plan to use data to generate revenue, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has revealed that the government is selling vehicle registration and driving licence data of Indians and earning money from it.
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.
And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people that can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users. It probably means enterprise customers can develop in-house Chrome extensions, not for ad blocking use, 9to5Google says.
Under those rules, the General Data Protection Regulation, companies that operate in Europe or handle European data are required to obtain consent before collecting data. The rules make it more costly to build a data network, which could explain why there are no European rivals to America and China’s big companies.
The dominant digital platform companies, including Facebook and Google, make their profits using business models that erode this commons. The tax that I propose would be applied to revenue from sales of targeted digital ads, which are the key to the operation of Facebook, Google and the like.
“In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded a $ 3.0 billion accumulation related to the FTC’s consultations on our platform and user data practices,” said Facebook in its report.
Zuckerberg said the company is working to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, and that he expects "Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.".
Yet, while the revenue upside for companies helping smart cities (and states) with taxing and tolling is significant, it is also rife with contradictions and complications that could, ultimately, pose serious problems to those companies’ underlying business models and for the investors that bet heavily on them.
The company disclosed in March 2018 while preparing for its initial public offering that it discovered two million users, or about 1.3 percent of its total user base at the time, had been using ad blockers on the free version of Spotify, enough to force it to restate usage metrics.
Those numbers handily beat Wall Street’s expectations of $16.39 billion in revenue and $2.18 GAAP earnings per share, plus 2.32 billion monthly and 1.51 billion daily active users.
Already under fire for apparently tricking kids into spending their parents’ money to play games on the social networking platform, Facebook now finds itself confronting a new privacy wrinkle that’s emerged and reportedly involves the company paying teenagers and young adults for permission to track everything they do on their phones.
We have not been impacted from a revenue standpoint, and, on the contrary, our digital advertising business continues to grow nicely.” So while (of course) not every publisher is the NYT, publishers that have or can build brand cachet, and pull in a community of engaged readers, must and should pause for thought — and ask who is the real winner from the notion that digitally served ads must creep on consumers to work?
A couple of months earlier, she had launched a project to help Facebook reduce chargebacks from the credit card companies, who were forcing the social media giant to return money spent by children on games after hearing from outraged parents who said they were duped.
The last-minute scramble to prepare for GDPR’s arrival last May, led to some U.S. publishers taking a more extreme approach and either blocking pages entirely in Europe or pulling advertising altogether.
Over the past few years, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has fashioned itself a champion of consumer privacy, fighting to protect users' personal information as much as it feasibly can while taking overt jabs at peer tech companies that offer free online services at the expense of privacy.