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GDPR Has Made Google Even More Dominant In Europe

Over the last few years, the EU has been screaming about the awfulness of evil large tech companies in the name of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (sometimes called “GAFA”). However, EU law will mostly serve to lock in those companies as the dominant providers. That’s because they’re big enough to manage the regulatory burden, whereas startups and smaller competitors will not be able to and will suffer.

Full article: Just As Expected: GDPR Has Made Google Even More Dominant In Europe | Above the Law

Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) is to ask Google for more details regarding a bug which led to the revealing of 500,000 Google+ users this week, a CNBC report reveals. The ubiquitous search engine giant took to social media on Monday to disclose the issue to the world, admitting that the glitch meant tech developers could access Google+ users’ personal details.

Source: Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Google’s Mistakes

DuckDuckGo is a pro-privacy company taking an aggressive stance on not tracking people across all corners of the internet. One has to wonder if its product practically markets itself in 2018. With an endless parade of headlines centered around violations of user privacy by the likes of Google and Facebook, it’s no wonder DuckDuckGo experienced 50% growth in the last year, with its daily searches crossing the 30 million mark.

Source: How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Google’s Mistakes

When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately?

That old truism from the Watergate affair also applies to the scandals plaguing some of the world’s biggest tech companies. Google+ hack that the company sat on for months and did not disclose until the Wall Street Journal came knocking.

Full article: When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately? – Recode

What does Google know about you?

Google first began as the helpful search engine which endeavored to index the entire web. As the company grew, it moved into other online content areas, including the popular webmail offering, Gmail, the online office suite Google Documents, as well as personal cloud storage courtesy of Google Drive, navigation with Google Maps, and Android OS.

With so many avenues for data collection, Google rapidly acquired a good deal of information on each user. This begs the question: what is the company doing with all this data?

Full article: What does Google know about you? | TechRadar

Google promises tighter and better privacy controls

Google announced plans to improve privacy for customers on Android, Gmail, and other services and apps that make use of Google account data.

The company published findings of an internal project called Strobe; it used the project to analyze how third-party developers interact with Google account and Android device data, and whether interactions affected user privacy.

Google made the decision to shut down Google+, the company’s social networking service, and make a number of other changes to strengthen user privacy by limiting developers or changing existing workflows.

Source: Google promises tighter and better privacy controls – gHacks Tech News

Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions

Google has announced plans to further restrict Chrome extensions in a bid to crack down on the number of malicious extensions found in the Chrome Web Store. The first new measure is to give the users of extensions greater control over which sites extensions can access. The other measures are applied to the extension development process.

Source: Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions | Ars Technica

UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google

UK high court has blocked a mass lawsuit against Google that aimed to collect as much as £3bn in compensation for the company’s historical practice of collecting data on iPhone users whose privacy settings should have prevented surveillance.

The litigation was brought by the campaign group Google You Owe Us. The group sought permission to have the case heard as a “representative action”, a form of class-action lawsuit that would have allowed one legal team to represent the millions of affected users without needing to individually gain their support.

Source: UK high court blocks mass privacy action against Google | Technology | The Guardian

Google Plus Will Be Shut Down After User Information Was Exposed

Google did not notify authorities of the vulnerabilities in Google Plus, which exposed the data of up to 500,000 users. Google said it had found no evidence that outside developers were aware of the security flaw and no indication that any user profiles were touched. The flaw was fixed in an update made in March. There is no federal law requiring companies to disclose a security vulnerability. Companies must wade through a patchwork of state laws with different standards.

Source: Google Plus Will Be Shut Down After User Information Was Exposed – The New York Times

Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill

Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws. The bill gives law enforcement new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications.

Source: Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill | Technology | The Guardian

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