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Google rolled out secure data sharing tool

Google has rolled out the open-source tool to help organizations work together with confidential data sets while raising the bar for privacy. Private Join and Compute helps solve problem of securely sharing sensitive data with other parties.

Using this cryptographic protocol, two parties can encrypt their identifiers and associated data, and then join them. They can then do certain types of calculations on the overlapping set of data to draw useful information from both datasets in aggregate. v

Source: Google Online Security Blog: Helping organizations do more without collecting more data

Google faces privacy complaints in European countries

Google’s privacy woes are set to increase after campaigners on Tuesday filed complaints to data protection regulators in France, Germany and seven other EU countries over the way it deals with data in online advertising.

At issue is real-time bidding, a server-to-server buying process which uses automated software to match millions of ad requests each second from online publishers with real-time bids from advertisers.

Source: Google faces privacy complaints in European countries – Reuters

How Ireland became Europe’s data watchdog

Most of the major US tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Dropbox, are registered for processing personal data in Ireland.

So the responsibility for policing their compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) falls on the country’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Full article: How Ireland became Europe’s data watchdog – BBC News

1 year into GDPR, ad industry braces for more fines

Complacency is a dangerous mistress. But it’s a trap many companies are in danger of falling into when it comes to the General Data Protection Regulation, according to advertising sources.

The temptation to do as little as possible, so as to maintain ad revenues, is high. And with no seriously worrying fines levied yet at businesses, several publishers that had taken a strict approach to consent, have started to loosen their terms in order not to feel punished by falling ad revenues while their rivals flourish.

Full article: ‘We’ve only just started’: 1 year into GDPR, ad industry braces for more fines – Digiday

Irish regulator investigates Google’s Ad Exchange

The Irish Data Protection Commission will look into whether Google’s Ad Exchange system is GDPR-compliant.

Ad Exchange system is used by companies to target people with adverts across the internet.

The investigation followed a formal complaint by Johnny Ryan, chief policy officer at Brave, the private web browser which blocks ads and trackers. He accused Google’s internet ad services business, DoubleClick/Authorized Buyers, of leaking users’ intimate data to thousands of companies.

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Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users

Google has promised to give people “clear, meaningful choices” around their data. Android Q, its latest mobile operating system, would ship with something like 50 privacy and security features.

But as Google increases the number of privacy features, the setup of the settings, toggles, and dashboards within its apps seems to put more responsibility on the individual user rather than the platform.

Full article: Google’s New Privacy Features Put the Responsibility on Users | WIRED

Google opens German centre to improve data privacy

Google has revealed plans to open an engineering centre in Munich as part of the tech giant’s bid to take data privacy more seriously.

The popular search engine says the new privacy-focused hub, to be built in Munich, should help the company strengthen its data protection credentials as the global demand for higher data privacy standards continues to grow.

Source: Google opens German centre to improve data privacy

Reported Google browser change could be final death blow to cookies

Google is planning to announce new tools for Chrome that offer users more control over third party tracking cookies. The controls and default settings would be somewhat less “severe” than the anti-cookie tracking moves made by Safari and Firefox, which adopted default tracking protection.

Chrome has a 63% market share globally and a 50% share in the U.S. Depending on what Google announces it could be the nail in the cookie coffin — not unlike how Apple killed Flash. Marketers have been anticipating the end of cookies for some time.

Full article: Reported Google browser change could be final death blow to cookies – Marketing Land

Canada’s Federal Court sidesteps constitutional questions in Google ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Google LLC was handed a setback this month in a case over the so-called “right to be forgotten” when Canada’s Federal Court adjudicator ruled that it won’t delve into the thorny constitutional questions wrapped up in the matter.

Instead, the Federal Court will judge two specific points related to Canada’s privacy law, in a reference case brought forward by federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien.

The right to be forgotten does not currently exist in Canada as it does in Europe, where people can contact search engines and request that links be removed from search results related to a person’s name, if they feel that the information is “inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant.”

Source: Federal Court sidesteps constitutional questions — for now — in Google ‘right to be forgotten’ case | Financial Post

How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android

Not only is Google Maps tracking you, but a program called Google Sensorvault is potentially turning over your location data to law enforcement.

If you want to fully disable location tracking (which, keep in mind, will limit certain apps’ location-driven capabilities), you need to disable another setting called Web & App Activity.

Full article: How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android – CNET

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