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Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

Imagine this: an enormous tech company is tracking what you do on your phone, even when you’re not using any of its services, down to the specific images that you see. It’s also tracking all of your network traffic, because you’re installing one of its specially-designed routers.

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Does anonymization or de-identification require consent under the GDPR?

Data de-identification has many benefits in the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation . One of the recurring questions is whether consent is required to anonymize or de-identify data. In this article, we make the case that no consent is required for anonymization or other forms of de-identification.

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Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. In response, Apple has revoked Facebook’s ability to publish certain apps, in a move that could have far-reaching implications for both companies.

Facebook has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy regulations to publish the iPhone app, which provided it with data it used to keep ahead of youth trends.

Source: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

Google faces another GDPR probe

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (Datainspektionen) announced the investigation earlier this week.

The probe is the result of a complaint submitted in November by the Swedish Consumer Association (Sveriges Konsumenter) that is based on a report from the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) about Google’s use of dark patterns – which are user interface design choices that attempt to trick users into doing things they may not want to do.

That report criticised the “overwhelming amount of granular choices” on Google’s privacy dashboard, and the pop-ups trying to dissuade users from turning off (or, as Google says, “pausing”) location data.

Source: Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture

Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

A new report found that a dozen connected devices are open to several security and privacy issues.

Researchers said they specifically analyzed devices’ privacy policy to understand where data is being shared; monitored traffic and communication patterns; collected full packet data for manual reviews of communications; and performed analyses of devices’ complementary Android applications.

Full article: Researchers Allege ‘Systemic’ Privacy, Security Flaws in Popular IoT Devices

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