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EU Commission proposes Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child abuse

The European Commission published a proposal for a measures that would provide temporary exemptions from certain ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) provisions communications service providers for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online.

At the moment eprivacy Directive does not provide such exemptions for voluntary processing of data by telecommunication service providers.The proposal would allow communications providers to use technologies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse material.

Source: Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse | Shaping Europe’s digital future

Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules

US officials are ramping up criticism of flagship GDPR law, which they say protects cybercriminals.

At the heart of the issue for many U.S. critics of the GDPR is the WHOIS database, an online directory created in the 1970s, which became an important tool for global law enforcement agencies fighting cybercrime.

Source: Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules – POLITICO

Americans avoid internet services over privacy concerns

A substantial share of the public has opted out of using a product or service because of concerns about how much information would be collected.

About half (52%) of U.S. adults said they decided recently not to use a product or service because they were worried about how much personal information would be collected about them.

Source: Half of Americans decided not to use something over privacy concerns in past year | Pew Research Center

Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings

Upstart Brave browser gets the highest ratings. Chrome, Firefox and Safari fall between.

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers. Yandex, the less-popular browser developed by the Russian Web search provider Yandex, shared that dubious distinction. Brave, the upstart browser that makes privacy a priority, ranked the highest.

Source: Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings | Ars Technica

Brave files GDPR complaint against Google 

Brave has filed a GDPR complaint v Google for infringing the GDPR “purpose limitation” principle. Enforcement would be tantamount to a functional separation of Google’s business.

The purpose limitation principle requires that organizations must scrupulously ring fence data for specific purposes. These purposes must be made clear, and be very specific. However, Google’s purposes are so vaguely defined as to have no meaning or limit. The result is an internal data free-for-all that infringes the GDPR’s purpose limitation principle.

Source: Formal GDPR complaint against Google’s internal data free-for-all

Google Chrome 82 to Enhance Privacy via New Cookie Settings

Google is making progress on expanding the control users have over cookies in the Chrome browser with a new flag in Canary that enables an improved interface with more buttons and information.

The new Cookies user interface in Canary for Android shows four controls instead of just two currently available in the stable version of the browser. One option can prevent websites from reading and saving cookie data when browsing in incognito mode. The other option allows you to block all cookies.

Source: Google Chrome 82 to Enhance Privacy via New Cookie Settings

Brave to generate random browser fingerprints to preserve user privacy

“Brave’s new approach aims to make every browser look completely unique, both between websites and between browsing sessions.”

The Brave browser is working on a feature that will randomize its “fingerprint” every time a user visits a website in an attempt to preserve the user’s privacy. Brave’s decision comes as online advertisers and analytics firms are moving away from tracking users via cookies to using fingerprints.

Source: Brave to generate random browser fingerprints to preserve user privacy | ZDNet

GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools

New study suggests that many websites are navigating around GDPR by tailoring the design of their cookie consent tools and using dark patterns to provide a misleading veneer of a consent agreement.

According to the researchers, the study illustrates “the extent to which illegal practices prevail, with vendors of CMPs turning a blind eye to — or worse, incentivising — clearly illegal configurations of their systems.”

Source: GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools, Study Reveals – CPO Magazine

Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID

Mozilla is set to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser.

Mozilla intends to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser, a blow for the IAB-led effort to create a standardized online user ID that’s designed to reduce the online ad industry’s reliance on third-party cookies.

Source: Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID – Digiday

Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.

The Contract for the Web requires endorsing governments, companies and individuals to make concrete commitments to protect the web from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Source: Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web | Technology | The Guardian

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