Apple, Amazon, Twitter to testify before Senate on data privacy

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Mobile Ecosystem, Privacy

Congress isn’t done with Silicon Valley yet. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is set to hold a hearing on Sept. 26 called “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy.” “This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address […]

Inside AT&T’s media ambitions

Posted Posted in Internet Economics, Mobile Ecosystem

AT&T’s purchase of AppNexus has been perceived as a landmark development for the adtech sector, and widely interpreted as a precursor to a sustained assault on the duopoly’s dominance of digital ad spend. In its latest earnings call, AT&T revealed that revenue for its advertising and analytics unit, which includes the AdWorks addressable TV group, grew […]

AT&T reportedly in talks to buy AppNexus

Posted Posted in Mobile Ecosystem

Just a week after its $85bn Time Warner takeover was rubber-stamped, US telco AT&T is reportedly in talks to purchase adtech outfit AppNexus, in a move that would better enable it to take on the likes of Facebook and Google. Such a move would equip the telecoms giant with a firm hand in the online advertising space and […]

US telcos agree to curb location sharing amid rising concerns over online privacy

Posted Posted in Mobile Ecosystem, Privacy

Amid heightened public scrutiny over online privacy, US telcos Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have pledged to stop sharing subscribers’ location data with anonymous data brokers. The policy turnaround from all four of the US’ largest wireless network providers came on the back of inquiries from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden who has been probing […]

Facebook faces fresh data sharing claims

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Facebook’s relationship with partner companies came under further scrutiny, after it was found it offered deeper access to user records in a series of customised data sharing deals. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Facebook struck agreements, known internally as whitelists, with a small group of companies allowing access to users’ data including connections, phone […]

Australian regulator investigates Google data harvesting from Android phones

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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 […]