Confidentiality of electronic communications: Council agrees its position on #ePrivacy rules
The New York Times shows once more how easy it is to identify people through their apps. In a #democracy, this data should not be collected. The police don't need it. And it is available for too many companies and people to misuse.
The data showed what some in the tech industry might call a God-view vantage of that dark day. It included about 100,000 location pings for thousands of smartphones.
«The #business model of online platforms not only has an impact on free and fair competition; it also has an impact on our democracies, our security and the quality of our information. This is why we need to limit, by democratic means, the huge and currently largely unchecked political power of the internet giants ».
- Open letter from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen
«We’re at the tail end of the golden era for Google Maps»
“Privacy is a competition issue, but privacy regulators’ failure to enforce privacy rules is the persistent failure that holds back progress – even more than the slow turning of the antitrust wheels.”
At 2021-01-29 at 21:35 UTC Google suspended #Element from the Play Store without warning or notification.
Element is a generic chat app for connecting to the global Matrix communication network, just as Chrome is a generic web browser for connecting to the Web - and just as #Google does not control the content on the Web, Element does not control the content on #Matrix.
«Xinjiang really shows how #privacy is a gateway right, where if you have no privacy, that’s where you see that you have no freedoms as a human being at all».
You’re being policed on a micro level, both by human policing and by the application of the technology to you and your life.
The critique from #Apple also applied to #Google, #Snapchat and players in the adtech industry. Mr Cook noted the average smartphone app contains «an average of six trackers» to «surveil and identify users across apps, watching and recording their behaviour».
Apple chief Tim Cook attacks social platforms in escalating war of words
The recent tensions between #Apple and #Facebook began last year when the iPhone maker announced it was introducing a new feature called App Tracking Transparency, which compels app developers to ask users for permission to track them across apps to create personalised #ads.
#Firefox 85 Cracks Down on Supercookies
Tech companies are profiling us from before birth.
Children today are the very first generation of citizens to be datafied from before birth. The social and political consequences of this historical transformation have yet to be seen.
Surveillance capitalism isn’t some corruption of capitalism; it’s just what capitalism is in the digital network age.
Brave becomes first browser to add native support for the #IPFS protocol
#Brave users will now be able to seamlessly access ipfs:// links.
The European Commission is running two new investigations into #Google:
- One on how the company is collecting, accessing, processing, using or monetising data,
- Another on its practices in regards to advertising technology.
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