Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Facebook’s new PR blitz touts benefits of personalized ads ahead of Apple’s privacy feature

Andrew Stirk, Facebook’s head of company marketing, discussed the new ad campaign in an interview with CNBC: The goal is to help people understand the role that personalized ads play for small businesses, for their ability to grow and thrive, and also the role they play in helping discover ideas that might not otherwise exist, that they might not otherwise find.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.

I was alarmed when I learned in 2017 that the company had begun moving forward with the development of a new version of a censored Search product for China, codenamed “Dragonfly.” But Dragonfly was only one of several developments that concerned those of us who still believed in the mantra of “Don’t be evil.” I was also concerned that Cloud executives were actively pursuing deals with the Saudi government, given its horrible record of human rights abuses.

A Conversation with Edward Snowden

A Conversation with Edward Snowden

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Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

Cloudflare ordered to reveal identity behind pirate site

TorrentFreak writes that what API is trying to protect here are its monetary interests related to unauthorized copying and sale of the industry standards that the association produces.API's DMCA application, that has now been approved, said the copyrighted standards – described as a valuable asset – are available to download without permission.

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Google parent company Alphabet.

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

The EU just launched a big antitrust probe into Amazon, and it could lead to a fine of up to $23 billion

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement on Wednesday that she would be taking a "very close look" at Amazon's "dual role." "The Commission will focus on whether and how the use of accumulated marketplace seller data by Amazon as a retailer affects competition," it added.

Facebook Just Opened Up Its Data to Election Researchers

Facebook Just Opened Up Its Data to Election Researchers

As the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) explains, these grantees will have access to data from public Facebook accounts to research the spread of disinformation and, more specifically, "to deepen our knowledge of how social media platforms were used in elections in Italy, Chile, and Germany and how their use may influence public opinion in Taiwan.".

Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet

Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet

Zuckerberg said he believed new regulation was needed in four areas – harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Zuckerberg said legislation was important for “protecting elections” and it should be updated, adding that Facebook had already made “significant changes around political ads”.

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal documents has revealed.

How Android Q improves Privacy and Permission Controls over Android Pie

How Android Q improves Privacy and Permission Controls over Android Pie

In Android Q, Google is breaking down these two permissions into more granular permissions, allowing the user to restrict an app so it can only read or write certain file types.

Privacy Heroes

Privacy Heroes

From search engines, browsers, and email providers to cloud storage, chat apps, and social media, you’re being exploited and exposed online. To make the Internet a safe place to conduct business, browse the web, and store sensitive data.

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

This is how Google makes money: It collects data on people, places, and patterns of activity, on which it then runs advanced algorithms designed by some of the smartest and most innovative coders and engineers in the world, to create targeted advertising or to optimize efficiencies in processes.

It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

The response from the car industry has been to put the onus on the previous owner to delete data while minimising the role of manufacturers to come up with a thought-through process for dealers to enforce.

Big Brother is keeping 'Five Eyes' on you

Big Brother is keeping 'Five Eyes' on you

Now, it has been revealed that the Five Eyes alliance, dedicated to a global "collect-it-all" surveillance task, has issued a memo calling on their governments to demand that tech companies build backdoor access for states to access users' encrypted data or face measures that will force companies to comply.