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Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten

A German court has sided with Google and rejected requests to wipe entries from search results. The cases hinged on whether the right to be forgotten outweighed the public’s right to know.

The court ruled that whether links to critical articles have to be removed from the search list always depends on a comprehensive consideration of fundamental rights in the individual case.

Source: Google victory in German top court over right to be forgotten | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 27.07.2020

Australia sues Google over merging DoubleClick data to create single user profiles

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has hauled Google into the nation’s Federal Court for misleading local users “… to obtain their consent to expand the scope of personal information that Google could collect and combine about consumers’ internet activity, for use by Google, including for targeted advertising.”

The ACCC’s beef is that Google started to combine its own data with information gathered by DoubleClick and did so without properly informing users, making its process for securing consent misleading.

Source: Australia sues Google over data collection practices that merged DoubleClick data to create single user profiles • The Register

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google will no longer save a complete record of every search made by new users, the company says, as it launches a push to promote its privacy credentials against concerted competition from arch-rival Apple.

The company will now automatically delete its saved records of a new user’s activity on the web and in its apps after 18 months. Previously, such information had been kept indefinitely by default, which the company argued was necessary to personalise its services for individual users.

Source: Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search | Google | The Guardian

Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology

Google plans to fight a potential class-action lawsuit over faceprints by arguing that the Illinois biometric privacy law doesn’t apply to data derived from photos — even though other judges haverejected that contention — according to court papers filed Monday.

The court papers come in response to a class-action complaint filed in February in San Jose, California, by Illinois resident Brandon Molander.

Source: Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology 06/17/2020

Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps

Attorney General Letitia James is calling on two major tech companies to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle COVID-19.

In letters penned to Apple and Google, AG James is urging both companies to make sure that existing and future third-party contact tracing apps published through Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store do not inappropriately collect and retain users’ sensitive information. The letter also asks that the companies make it clear to consumers the difference between apps launched by governmental public health agencies, meant to notify individuals they may have been exposed to the virus, and third-party contact tracing apps, which could possibly take advantage of consumers for financial gain.

Source: Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps – amNewYork

Google Loses Its Appeal On 50 Million Euro GDPR Fine

Google lost on appeal of 50 million euro fine levied against Google in January 2019 for GDPR breaches.

On Friday, the Conseil d’État, a division of the French government that serves as the supreme court of administrative justice, sided with France’s data protection authority, the CNIL, which levied the fine against Google.

Source: Google Loses Its Appeal On 50 Million Euro GDPR Fine | AdExchanger

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

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.

The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode.

Source: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use – Reuters

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

Google’s federated analytics techniques, which power features like Now Playing, could be used to analyze end user data without invading privacy.

It works by running local computations over a device’s data and making only the aggregated results — not the data from the particular device — available to authorized engineers.

Source: Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy | VentureBeat

Chrome to have more intuitive privacy and security controls

Google have started rolling out new tools and a redesign of Chrome’s privacy and security settings on desktop, to help you control your safety on the web.

With new design it will be easier to:

  • manage cookies,
  • find the most sensitive website permissions in Site Settings,
  • control what data is stored in Google Account and made available across all your devices,
  • clear browsing data as “Clear browsing data” option moved to top of Privacy & Security section.

With our new safety check in settings, you can quickly confirm the safety of your experience in Chrome. Enhanced Safe Browsing gives you more proactive and tailored protections from phishing, malware and other web-based threats. If you’re signed in to Chrome, then Chrome and other Google apps you use (Gmail, Drive, etc.) will further protect you based on a holistic view of threats you encounter on the web and attacks against your Google Account.

Google is also launching Secure DNS, a feature designed to improve your security and privacy while browsing the web.

Source: More intuitive privacy and security controls in Chrome

Google is auditioning candidates to succeed the third-party cookie

Google wants other ad exchanges and demand-side platforms to run tests to see whether its proposals to replace third-party cookies will work in actual ad auctions.

Google is ready to test some of its recently announced “Privacy Sandbox” proposals with other exchanges and demand-side platforms to see how its plans to replace third-party cookies with less data-invasive solutions will actually work within advertising auctions. The move marks yet another step in Google’s two-year countdown towards its intention to end support for third-party cookies in Chrome.

Source: Google is auditioning candidates to succeed the third-party cookie – Digiday

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