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Google faces another GDPR probe

The Swedish Data Protection Authority (Datainspektionen) announced the investigation earlier this week.

The probe is the result of a complaint submitted in November by the Swedish Consumer Association (Sveriges Konsumenter) that is based on a report from the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) about Google’s use of dark patterns – which are user interface design choices that attempt to trick users into doing things they may not want to do.

That report criticised the “overwhelming amount of granular choices” on Google’s privacy dashboard, and the pop-ups trying to dissuade users from turning off (or, as Google says, “pausing”) location data.

Source: Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture

Dutch surgeon wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling.

The doctor’s registration on the register of healthcare professionals was initially suspended by a disciplinary panel because of her postoperative care of a patient. After an appeal, this was changed to a conditional suspension under which she was allowed to continue to practise.

Google and the Dutch data privacy watchdog, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, initially rejected attempts to have the links removed on the basis that the doctor was still on probation and the information remained relevant.

Source: Dutch surgeon wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case | Technology | The Guardian

Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome

The drafted changes will limit the capabilities available to extension developers, ostensibly for the sake of speed and safety. Chromium forms the central core of Google Chrome, and, soon, Microsoft Edge.

Source: Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently • The Register

Facebook and Google back changes to laws which break encryption

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the Australia’s encryption bill.

Under Labor’s plan, law enforcement agencies would require a fresh warrant before ordering tech companies to assist or build a new capability to access electronic communications and the bill’s prohibition against creating a “systemic weakness” would be strengthened.

Source: Facebook and Google back Labor changes to laws which break encryption | Technology | The Guardian

‘Right to be forgotten’ by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion

The “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.

The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocate general, Maciej Szpunar, said. Final judgments by the ECJ usually endorse initial opinions.

Full article: ‘Right to be forgotten’ by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion | Technology | The Guardian

Court tosses lawsuit over Google Photos’ facial recognition

A Chicago judge has granted Google a motion dismissing a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act by gathering biometric data from photos without permission. The plaintiffs couldn’t demonstrate that they’d suffered “concrete injuries” from the facial recognition system, according to the judge.

Full article: Court tosses lawsuit over Google Photos’ facial recognition

Google Chrome update will stop websites hijacking your browser back button

Google is updating its Chrome browser to cut down on the increasingly popular practice of hijacking the ‘back’ button on your browser.

It caught its attention to such a degree that it’s looking to add new pieces of code to Chromium to make sure back button hijacking gets eradicated.

Full article: Google Chrome update will stop websites hijacking your browser back button | ITProPortal

Google shifts control of European data from U.S. to Ireland to aid GDPR compliance

Google yesterday announced the changes to its terms of service and privacy policy and has designated Ireland as the location of its data services in Europe. The changes will take effect on January 22 nd 2019 and will not impact on any features or operation of its services in Europe.

Full article: Google shifts control of European data from U.S. to Ireland to aid GDPR compliance

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns

Social media users say they’re being burned by online advertisements spoiling “surprise” gifts by popping up in front of the intended recipient. That’s because of data collected through online tracking by companies like Google and Facebook.

Full article: Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns | CBC News

New Google+ security bug could affect more than 52 million users

Google revealed that its soon-to-be shuttered social network Google+ suffered from another security lapse – a software bug that could have allowed third-party apps and developers to gain access to 52 million users’ personal information without their permission.

Source: New Google+ security bug could affect more than 52 million users, Google says – The Washington Post

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