Government Requests for Google Data Hit All-Time-High. Firm forced to revise up many FISA demands from previous years.
Google is facing a new lawsuit over allegations that it shared the names and other personally identifiable information of people who purchased apps with developers.
Google and Facebook will be unable to use the personal data they hold for advertising purposes without user permission. This is an acute challenge because, contrary to what some commentators have assumed, they cannot use a “service-wide” opt-in for everything. Nor can they deny access to their services to users who refuse to opt-in to tracking. Some parts of their businesses are likely to be disrupted more than others.
Google has quietly stopped challenging most search warrants from US judges in which the data requested is stored on overseas servers, according to the Justice Department.
Google is pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos” or “AEPD”) has issued a decision confirming that the guarantees established by the contractual commitments provided by Google for the international transfers of data to U.S. connected to its G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services are adequate. Therefore, the international transfers to U.S. under such contractual commitments are deemed authorized by the AEPD provided the conditions established by the AEPD’s decision are met.
The new mobile-friendly version of Google Dashboard is rolling out this week.
Google Chrome 63 will include a new security feature that will detect when third-party software is performing a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack that hijacks the user’s Internet connection.
31 August 2017 The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (‘the Court of Appeals’) issued, on 22 August 2017, its ruling in Paloma Gaos et. al. v. Google, Inc., in which it held that the District Court for the Northern District of California had not abused its discretion by approving a class action settlement brought by users of the search engine, on grounds that Google had violated their privacy by disclosing their search terms to third parties.
According to sources reported by The Information, Amazon is currently looking at opening up this private transcript data to its developers, which could help them build better voice apps for Alexa. It would also raise serious privacy concerns for users. It’s a delicate balancing act between user privacy and developer access, of course, but with rivals like Google and Apple getting into the smart speaker game, Amazon needs to keep its early lead.
Back in June 2016, Apple announced it will use differential privacy to protect individual privacy for certain data that it collects. Though already a hot research topic for over a decade, this announcement introduced differential privacy to the broader public. Before that announcement, Google had already been using differential privacy for collecting Chrome usage statistics. And within the last month, Uber announced that they too are using differential privacy.