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Data privacy-first advertising is here: Here are the winners and losers

The drive for data privacy-first strategies has become more apparent, spurred by anti-tracking moves made by browsers as well as tighter data protection laws.

Here are winning and losing technologies for advertising in privavcy age.

Winners:

  • Contextual targeting
  • Authenticated-consent ad buys
  • Scaled log-in strategies

Losers:

  • Real-time bidding
  • Third-party cookie addicts

Full article: Data privacy-first advertising is here: Here are the winners and losers – Digiday

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

For two years, a handful of websites have indiscriminately hacked thousands of iPhones.

The rare and intricate chains of code took advantage of a total of 14 security flaws, targeting everything from the browser’s “sandbox” isolation mechanism to the core of the operating system known as the kernel, ultimately gaining complete control over the phone.

Source: Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking | WIRED

Microsoft: Using multi-factor authentication blocks 99.9% of account hacks

Old advice like “never use a password that has ever been seen in a breach” or “use really long passwords” doesn’t really help.

Microsoft says that users who enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for their accounts will end up blocking 99.9% of automated attacks.

The recommendation stands not only for Microsoft accounts but also for any other profile, on any other website or online service.

Source: Microsoft: Using multi-factor authentication blocks 99.9% of account hacks | ZDNet

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

A group of app developers have penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that certain privacy-focused changes to Apple’s iOS 13 operating system will hurt their business.

The developers accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data. With iOS 13, Apple aims to curtail apps’ abuse of its location-tracking features as part of its larger privacy focus as a company, introducing “Allow Once” option and hiding option “Always Allow” in iOS settings.

Source: Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13 | TechCrunch

Researchers Created AI That Hides Your Emotions From Other AI

As smart speaker makers such as Amazon improve emotion-detecting AI, researchers are coming up with ways to protect our privacy.

Now, researchers at the Imperial College London have used AI to mask the emotional cues in users’ voices when they’re speaking to internet-connected voice assistants. The idea is to put a “layer” between the user and the cloud their data is uploaded to by automatically converting emotional speech into “normal” speech.

Source: Researchers Created AI That Hides Your Emotions From Other AI – VICE

Data Scraping – Considering the Privacy Issues

Data scraping is a general term that describes a plethora of Internet-based data retrieval methodologies, used without the permission of the data owner.

Often, businesses think to capture as much data as possible on the off chance the data serves a future use or purpose. This, however, carries the risk that it may go against some of the GDPR’s key principles, purpose limitation and data minimisation.

Full article: Data Scraping – Considering the Privacy Issues

Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web

Google has announced a new long-term initiative that, if fully realized, will make it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track you across the web.

This new proposal follows the company’s plans to change how cookies in Chrome work and to make it easier for users to block tracking cookies.

Today’s proposal for a new open standard extends this by looking at how Chrome can close the loopholes that the digital advertising ecosystem can use to circumvent that. And soon, that may mean that your browser will feature new options that give you more control over how much you share without losing your anonymity.

Source: Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web | TechCrunch

Anonymisation does not work for big data

Recently, well-publicised research by data scientists at Imperial College in London and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium as well as a ruling by Judge Michal Agmon-Gonen of the Tel Aviv District Court have highlighted the shortcomings of outdated data protection techniques like “Anonymisation” in today’s big data world.

Anonymisation reflects an outdated approach to data protection developed when the processing of data was limited to isolated (siloed) applications prior to the popularity of “big data” processing that involves widespread sharing and combining of data.

Source: Anonymisation does not work for big data due to lack of protection for direct & indirect identifiers and easy re-identification vs pseudonymisation

US lawmakers want limits on facial recognition funds

The House Oversight Committee is exploring legislation that would place a moratorium on government funding for “any new use or expanded use” of facial recognition software by federal agencies, according to the panel’s top Republican.

“We don’t want any more money being used, no money used to expand what we have or to purchase any new ability to impact or use this technology,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Cristiano.

Source: Lawmakers want limits on facial recognition funds – POLITICO

Facial recognition in school renders Sweden’s first GDPR fine

The Swedish DPA has fined a municipality 200 000 SEK (approximately 20 000 euros) for using facial recognition technology to monitor the attendance of students in school.

A school in northern Sweden has conducted a pilot using facial recognition to keep track of students’ attendance in school.

Source: Facial recognition in school renders Sweden’s first GDPR fine

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