Tag Archives: Data privacy

Google’s scrapping third-party cookies – but invasive targeted advertising will live on

Ink Drop/Shutterstock Eerke Boiten, De Montfort University Google has announced plans to stop using tracking cookies on its Chrome browser by 2022, replacing them with a group profiling system in a move the company says will plot “a course towards a more privacy-friendly web”. The change is significant. Chrome commands some two-thirds of the web browser market. Third-party tracking cookies, …

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AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce compliance

You leave bits of your personal data behind online, and companies are happy to trade in them. metamorworks/ iStock/Getty Images Plus Karuna Pande Joshi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County You’re trailing bits of personal data – such as credit card numbers, shopping preferences and which news articles you read – as you travel around the internet. Large internet companies make …

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Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to save the internet: give us back control of our data

Pieter Verdegem, University of Westminster Releasing his creation for free 30 years ago, the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, famously declared: “this is for everyone”. Today, his invention is used by billions – but it also hosts the authoritarian crackdowns of antidemocratic governments, and supports the infrastructure of the most wealthy and powerful companies on Earth. Now, …

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7 in 10 smartphone apps share your data with third-party services

Where are all the data going? nmedia via shutterstock.com Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley and Srikanth Sundaresan, Princeton University Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, …

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Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to

Fitness trackers report their location and map the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Screenshot of Strava Heat Map Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But …

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