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Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.

The warrants, which draw on an enormous Google database employees call Sensorvault, turn the business of tracking cellphone users’ locations into a digital dragnet for law enforcement. In an era of ubiquitous data gathering by tech companies, it is just the latest example of how personal information — where you go, who your friends are, what you read, eat and watch, and when you do it — is being used for purposes many people never expected.

Source: Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police – The New York Times

Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given

Digiday spoke to Giovanni Buttarelli, European data protection supervisor, to hear whether media and advertising businesses have done enough to comply. He believes Google and Facebook must work harder to achieve compliance.

Full article: Giovanni Buttarelli on state of GDPR adoption: ‘Even ticking a box does not necessarily mean consent is freely given’ – Digiday

French court issues decision on legality of Privacy Rules and Terms of Use under data protection and consumer law

Five years after the commencement of legal proceedings against Google by leading French consumer association UFC Que Choisir, the Paris “Tribunal de Grande Instance” (TGI), in a decision dated 12 February 2019, issued its ruling on the legality of the Google+ Terms of Use and Privacy Rules, both with respect to consumer law and personal data protection regulations.

Full article: French court issues decision on legality of Privacy Rules and Terms of Use under data protection and consumer law

WTF is differential privacy?

Differential privacy allows companies to share aggregate data about user habits while protecting individual privacy.

It’s a process used to aggregate data that was pioneered by Microsoft and is now used by Apple, Google and other big tech companies. In a nutshell, a differential privacy algorithm injects random data into a data set to protect individual privacy.

Full article: WTF is differential privacy? – Digiday

Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli… Oh, that’s mostly Google

European data protection agencies have issued fines totalling €56m for GDPR breaches since it was enforced last May, from more than 200,000 reported cases – but watchdogs have said they’re just warming up. However, almost all of it comes from French data watchdog CNIL’s €50m fine for Google.

One thing that did change immediately under GDPR, if not the fines, was the number of incident reports. This was particularly so for companies turning themselves in over data breaches. In the first nine months, there were 206,326 cases reported under the new law from the supervisory authorities in the 31 countries in the European Economic Area.

Source: Year 1 of GDPR: Over 200,000 cases reported, firms fined €56 meeelli… Oh, that’s mostly Google • The Register

Chrome will soon make it harder for websites to spy on you

A new feature coming to Chrome in the near future will allow users to limit the kind of data certain websites collect about them by blocking access to motion and light sensors on their device.

The feature will alert you if you visit a website that wants to access your sensors. A pop-up window will appear saying “This page is using motion or light sensors” and offers you the choice of allowing access to the sensors or blocking access on a page-per-page basis.

Source: Chrome will soon make it harder for websites to spy on you | TechRadar

Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face

Facial recognition is a blossoming field of technology that is at once exciting and problematic. If you’ve ever unlocked your iPhone by looking at it, or asked Facebook or Google to go through an unsorted album and show you pictures of your kids, you’ve seen facial recognition in action.

But at the very least, facial recognition raises questions of privacy. Experts have concerns ranging from the overreach of law enforcement, to systems with hidden racial biases, to hackers gaining access to your secure information.

Full article: Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face – CNET

Google is making it easier for AI developers to keep users’ data private

Google has announced a new module for its machine learning framework, TensorFlow, that lets developers improve the privacy of their AI models with just a few lines of extra code.

TensorFlow is one of the most popular tools for building machine learning applications, and it’s used by developers around the world to create programs like text, audio, and image recognition algorithms. With the introduction of TensorFlow Privacy, these developers will be able to safeguard users’ data with a statistical technique known as “differential privacy.”

Source: Google is making it easier for AI developers to keep users’ data private – The Verge

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