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US Homeland Security collaring a suspected arsonist after asking Google for the IP addresses of folks who made a specific search

An unsealed warrant in a case involving alleged pedophile R&B star R. Kelly has shown how the Feds can get Google to hand over the details of people who make specific web search queries.

It raises a mild concern that if Uncle Sam’s request is too broad, and Google can’t or won’t resist the order, you could be swept up into an investigation simply by searching for the wrong thing at the wrong time. We note, though, that in this particular tale, the query was rather narrow, and Google insists it challenges overly broad warrants.

Source: Here’s US Homeland Security collaring a suspected arsonist after asking Google for the IP addresses of folks who made a specific search • The Register

Ireland’s data watchdog slammed for letting adtech carry on ‘biggest breach of all time’

A dossier of evidence detailing how the online ad targeting industry profiles Internet users’ intimate characteristics without their knowledge or consent has been published today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), piling more pressure on the country’s data watchdog to take enforcement action over what complainants contend is the “biggest data breach of all time”.

The publication follows a now two-year-old complaint lodged with Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) claiming unlawful exploitation of personal data via the programmatic advertising Real-Time Bidding (RTB) process — including dominant RTB systems devised by Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB).

Full article: Ireland’s data watchdog slammed for letting adtech carry on ‘biggest breach of all time’ | TechCrunch

Google will start removing stalkerware and ‘misleading’ apps from its Play Store from October 21

The tech giant will give app developers until October 1 to remove stalkerware code from their official online store.

Google has announced that it is clamping down on apps containing stalkerware capabilities, defined by the company as “code that transmits personal information off the device without adequate notice or consent and doesn’t display a persistent notification that this is happening.”

On September 16, the company updated its Developer Program Policy to state that any apps distributed on its store that monitors a user’s behaviour must include, “adequate notice or consent”; a “persistent notification” of background tracking; must not present their app as a “spying or secret surveillance solution”; or attempt to “hide” or “mislead” users of their surveillance purposes.

Source: Google will start removing stalkerware and ‘misleading’ apps from its Play Store from October 21

YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy

Google, YouTube’s parent company, is facing a landmark claim over the use of children’s data in the UK.

A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children’s data without parental consent. Privacy expert Duncan McCann, who is bringing the action, argues this is a breach of UK and European (EU) law.

He told the BBC that the class action is the first in Europe brought against a technology firm on behalf of children. He says that estimated damages of more than £2bn are being sought for about five million British children as well as their parents or guardians.

Source: YouTube faces legal battle over British children’s privacy – BBC News

Google adds new privacy controls in Android 11 launch

A number of privacy controls featured in Google’s release of Android 11.

Chief among these is the function to allow one-time permissions, or single-use access to the microphone, camera and location permissions, rather than allowing ongoing access after permission is initially granted.

In addition, Android now includes “auto-reset” permissions for apps that have remained unused for a while, meaning that you will need to re-grant permission to the app if you wish to use it again.

Source: Google adds new privacy controls in Android 11 launch

Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy

Apple, Google and Dropbox can be the center of the investigation carried out in Italy on cloud services. Complaints associated with terms and conditions about human data recorded.

As per an announcement made by the Italy competition authorities, it is said that they will be looking into the cloud storage services very soon. The cloud storage services will be from Apple, Dropbox and Google. Many types of complaints are registered against the companies.

Source: Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy – Investor Telegraph

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

Seemingly small design tweaks to the search results interface may change how and where people find information online.

In June 2018, a blistering report from the Norwegian Consumer Council found that Google and Facebook both used specific interface choices to strip away user privacy at almost every turn. The study details how both platforms implemented the least privacy-friendly options by default, consistently “nudged” users toward giving away more of their data, and more.

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging “widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

Full article: The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search | WIRED

The Case Against Google Analytics for Organizations Collecting Personal Data

Almost 30 million website owners choose Google Analytics to gather data about their visitors. But even if you trust Google’s data privacy policies, Google Analytics still may not be the best option.

The biggest cost lies in how the data Google Analytics collects is used and shared. From Google Analytics, the data ends up all over the world for use in Google’s advertising products.

Full article: The Case Against Google Analytics for Organizations Collecting Personal Data – CPO Magazine

Google and Apple to roll out phase two of contact-tracing system

Apple and Google are preparing to roll out phase two of their Covid-19 contact-tracing system, allowing users to receive notifications about their exposure to infectious people without needing to install a specific app.

Operating system update will allow opt-in to coronavirus exposure notifications without need of an app.

Source: Google and Apple to roll out phase two of contact-tracing system | Technology | The Guardian

Alphabet’s Verily Plans to Use Big Data for Health Insurance

Verily, the Alphabet Inc. life sciences unit that’s previously targeted mosquito-borne illness and launched Covid-19 testing programs, is getting into the health insurance business.

Company announced a new subsidiary named Coefficient Insurance that will also be backed by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, the commercial insurance unit of Swiss Re Group. The company will sell stop-loss insurance, a type that helps cover unexpectedly large claims against employers who self-fund their health-benefit policies.

Source: Alphabet’s Verily Plans to Use Big Data for Health Insurance (1)

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