Microsoft: We’re giving you all Euro-style GDPR rights over how we use your data

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Privacy

Microsoft has announced it will extend the rights available to Europeans under the EU’s new privacy regulation to all consumers around the world. The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect this Friday, introducing a range of new Data Subject Rights for EU residents, such as the right to obtain data a company has collected, […]

WhatsApp, Facebook to face EU data protection taskforce

Posted Posted in Privacy

WhatsApp is continuing to face scrutiny from the European Union’s data protection regulators, who say the Facebook-owned company has failed to address the concerns raised around its privacy policy “despite a significant period of time having passed”. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29) issued a letter [PDF] to WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, saying […]

Americans’ complicated feelings about social media in an era of privacy concerns

Posted Posted in Privacy

Amid public concerns over Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data and a subsequent movement to encourage users to abandon Facebook, there is a renewed focus on how social media companies collect personal information and make it available to marketers. Pew Research Center has studied the spread and impact of social media since 2005, when just 5% of American adults used […]

Why Is Apple Interested in a Special U.S. Drone Program?

Posted Posted in Internet Economics

The U.S. Transportation Department is set to announce participants in a new drone program. And one of the rumored hopefuls stands out from the rest. Apple is one of several companies vying for participation in the drone program, according to Reuters, which cited sources who claim to have knowledge of the companies hoping to participate. Full article published on […]

Australian regulator investigates Google data harvesting from Android phones

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Mobile Ecosystem

Australians are reportedly paying their telco providers for the data harvested by tech giant. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will investigate reports Google harvests huge amounts of data from Android phones, including detailed location information, after the software company Oracle revealed Google could be harvesting a gigabyte of data from devices each month. Full article published […]

Notoriously secretive Snapchat is giving users more control over their data ahead of GDPR

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Privacy

As enigmatic as it is ephemeral, Snapchat has admittedly been more open about its operations and data since its IPO last year. However, now as it makes the final push towards General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance it’s being more explicit about its privacy policies and giving users greater control over the information they share with advertisers. […]