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Alphabet.inc sued for Google data breach and alleged sexual misconduct

Google are up against a “credible basis” for suspicious mismanagement at Google parent firm, Alphabet, following a lawsuit filed in Delaware last week.

Investigations into Alphabet have reached Chancery Court in the eastern US state of Delaware, regarding official documents linked to the way the firm dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against some of Google’s C-suite members.

Source: Alphabet.inc sued for Google data breach and alleged sexual misconduct

Brazil Investigates Google For Alleged Privacy Breach

The Ministry of Justice, through its Consumer Affairs Department, filed an administrative proceeding against the Google subsidiary in Brazil after receiving a complaint from Attorney General’s office regarding an alleged violation of privacy to emails belonging to Brazilian citizen. If convicted, Google could be fined up to R$ 9.7 million (US$ 2.6 million).

Source: Ministry Of Justice Investigates Google For Alleged Privacy Breach – 08/02/2019 – Business – Folha

IAB Europe to release updated consent framework

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Europe is incorporating feedback from publishers, including Google, as it preps the latest version its Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) later this year.

Google, which has continued to postpone its official alignment with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) consent tool, said it will officially integrate the framework as a recognized TCF vendor after the release.

Source: Exclusive: IAB Europe to release updated consent framework later this year, Google to sign on – MarTech Today

Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.”

But this summer, Google quietly erased that last privacy line in the sand – literally crossing out the lines in its privacy policy that promised to keep the two pots of data separate by default. In its place, Google substituted new language that says browsing habits “may be” combined with what the company learns from the use Gmail and other tools.

Source: Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking

Google Warns Data Privacy Changes Could Hurt Its Business

Google parent Alphabet Inc. warned that its business may be damaged by changing data privacy practices, new digital advertising polices and software bugs that leak user information.

As consumers and politicians re-evaluate the data-collecting business models of companies like Google and Facebook Inc., the chance of tough regulations that undercut key revenue streams is increasing. To date, Google has mostly faced fines in Europe that it has been able to pay with its massive cash hoard, but some privacy advocates and those concerned with the company’s sheer size are pushing for harsher policies.

Source: Google Warns Data Privacy Changes Could Hurt Its Business – Bloomberg

Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

The Information Commissioner’s Office is to work alongside regulators in Europe to establish whether Google has fallen foul of more GDPR rules.

The ICO, which enforces European data law in the UK, is now investigating measures to take following a number of complaints raised against the tech giant.

Source: Google remain under ICO scrutiny for GDPR misdemeanours

Google’s new Chrome Extension checks your passwords are still secure

A new Chrome Extension from Google called Password Checkup will automatically check whether your passwords have been exposed in a data breach.

Once installed, the extension checks any login details you use — Google says “most” US sites are supported — against a database of around four billion usernames and passwords, and warns you if it finds a match.

Source: Google’s new Chrome Extension checks your passwords are still secure – The Verge

Securities Fraud Claims Get Boost From EU Data Privacy Rules

Investors have filed 14 class actions since January 2018 against companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., alleging that bad publicity around data breaches or security flaws, or changes in the data privacy landscape, caused their stock prices to drop, Bloomberg Law data show. Eleven of the lawsuits were filed after the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect last May.

Source: Securities Fraud Claims Get Boost From EU Data Privacy Rules

ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is looking into whether Google has violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The UK’s data watchdog said it is working with other regulators around Europe to consider its next possible steps after a number of complaints had been raised.

Source: ICO to investigate Google over GDPR violations | IT PRO

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.

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

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