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What does Google know about you?

Google first began as the helpful search engine which endeavored to index the entire web. As the company grew, it moved into other online content areas, including the popular webmail offering, Gmail, the online office suite Google Documents, as well as personal cloud storage courtesy of Google Drive, navigation with Google Maps, and Android OS.

With so many avenues for data collection, Google rapidly acquired a good deal of information on each user. This begs the question: what is the company doing with all this data?

Full article: What does Google know about you? | TechRadar

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its citizens

What may sound like a dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China. And it’s making and breaking lives. The Communist Party calls it “social credit” and says it will be fully operational by 2020. Within years, an official Party outline claims, it will “allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step”.

Full article: Leave no dark corner – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Browsers aim to thwart tracking

New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to store sign-in details and preferences into broader trackers that take note of what you read, watch and research on other sites.

Source: Apple, Firefox browsers aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking

Here’s how GDPR is already changing web design

When Europe’s sweeping privacy regulations (called GDPR) took effect in May, it was unclear just how much the new rules would affect this completely ubiquitous fact of life on the internet, but a report from the Reuters Institute gives us an early look: Among news sites–which tend to use the most cookies, since they’re dependent on ad dollars–cookies are down by 22%.

Source: Third-party cookies have dropped by 22% since GDPR took effect

GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules

UK’s spy agency GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled. However, court found that GCHQ’s regime for sharing sensitive digital intelligence with foreign governments was not illegal and explicitly confirmed that bulk interception with tighter safeguards was permissible.

The ruling, which follows Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations, is a comprehensive assessment by the ECHR of interception operations carried out until recently by UK intelligence agencies.

Source: GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules | UK news | The Guardian

Firefox’s New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You

Future versions of Firefox will block third-party tracking codes, and trackers that take too long to load, by default. Users won’t need to take any action. Solution will not block ads (though it may prevent some from being displayed). Feature is already tested and will be released later this year.

Source: Firefox’s New Browser Will Keep Brands From Stalking You | WIRED

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

The way you press, scroll and type on a phone screen or keyboard can be as unique as your fingerprints or facial features. To fight fraud, a growing number of banks and merchants are tracking visitors’ physical movements as they use websites and apps.

Source: Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap – The New York Times

Proposed UK surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

Proposed laws would also compel Facebook, Apple and Google to assist in decrypting private communications Law enforcement agencies would gain new powers to conduct covert surveillance on electronic devices and compel technology companies to assist in decrypting private communications under proposed legislation.

Source: Coalition’s surveillance laws give police power to access electronic devices

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