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Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data

The new features come as internet companies such as Google and Facebook are facing a global backlash around their handling of personal data. Europe’s tougher privacy laws recently went into effect, and advertising-dependent internet companies are hoping to take just enough steps to persuade regulators not to go further.

Source: Google reboots advertising tools to give users more control over their data | VentureBeat

Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights

Legal experts say internet-connected smart speakers are the latest example of how technology and devices endear themselves to consumers before they realize the downsides.

The devices are supposed to begin recording the conversation only in response to “wake words” — like “Alexa” (for the Echo), “OK Google” (for the Google Home) and “Hey Siri” (for Apple’s HomePod). But they may be able to hear background conversations while activated.

Source: Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights – SFChronicle.com

Can Digital Assistants Work without Prying into Our Lives?

Personalized AI requires personal data. Apple, Google and others say they can now grab more of it while keeping privacy and security intact. However, some security researchers still have reservations.

Source: Private Smarts: Can Digital Assistants Work without Prying into Our Lives? – Scientific American

GDPR attacks: First Google, Facebook, now activists go after Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn

Just days after the new law comes into force, privacy activists add more tech giants to their list of GDPR targets. French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net hasn’t just gone after Google and Facebook. It’s pursuing Apple, Amazon, and LinkedIn as well.

Source: GDPR attacks: First Google, Facebook, now activists go after Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn | ZDNet

noyb.eu filed complaints against Google, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook

One the first day of GDPR noyb.eu has filed four complaints against Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram over “forced consent”.

Very similar complaints were field with four authorities, to enable European coordination. In addition to the four authorities at the residence of the users, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner will probably get involved in the cases too, as the headquarter of the relevant companies is in Ireland in three cases.

Source: noyb.eu – My Privacy is none of your Business

Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed

Users have been forced into agreeing new terms of service, says EU consumer rights body Facebook and Google have become the targets of the first official complaints of GDPR noncompliance, filed on the day the privacy law takes effect across the EU.

Source: Facebook and Google targeted as first GDPR complaints filed

Google gives publishers controls to comply with EU privacy law

Google said on Tuesday it had updated its ad-serving platform, which is used by online publishers, allowing them to select advertising tech vendors that comply with new European data privacy laws.

The new controls that Google gave publishers make it easier for them to become compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on May 25.

Source: UPDATE 1-Google gives publishers controls to comply with EU privacy law | Reuters

A Right to Be Forgotten in Canada?

Should Canada adopt its own version of the “right to be forgotten”? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) recently concluded, in a Draft Position Paper, that such a right actually exists already.

According to the OPC, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) gives individuals legal power to make search engines like Google de-list search results about them, and to make individual websites take down information.

Source: A Right to Be Forgotten in Canada? | Center for Internet and Society

Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules?

There are growing concerns from regulators, publishers, and privacy watchdogs about the ways that two internet giants—Google and Facebook—plan to implement the regulations.

The critics say the companies are squelching the promise of the new rules, and will leave European internet users no better off.

Source: Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules? | WIRED

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