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. […]

71% of consumers worry about brands’ handling of personal data, study finds

Posted Posted in Privacy

Dive Brief: Seventy-one percent of U.S. consumers worry about how brands collect and use their personal data and 34% don’t trust tech companies with their digital privacy, according to a new survey by ExpressVPN made available to Marketing Dive. Amazon was the most-trusted technology company at 30%, followed by Google (27%), Apple (22%), Microsoft (22%) […]

Our Phones, Our Computers, Ourselves: What Our Devices Know About Us

Posted Posted in Mobile Ecosystem, Privacy

Consumers live multi-device lifestyles, and decide many times a day which device to use for specific digital tasks. Understanding this “allocation” of activities provides insights into consumers, and guides strategies for connecting with them more effectively. Obviously smartphones use has been growing for many years, but there is still more room for expansion.  Statcounter reports […]

From Facebook to Google to Microsoft, tech CEOs emphasize responsibility

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Mobile Ecosystem

A trending topic at the Facebook, Google and Microsoft developer conferences this month has been responsibility. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg barely had time to update his status after testifying on Capitol Hill about privacy and security on the social media site before the company’s conference May 1 and 2. Facebook has come under intense scrutiny […]