AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine

AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine. “Google announced on Thursday it was starting to roll out an option for European users to reject ‘cookies’ with a single click, months after it was slapped with a massive fine. Google, along with Facebook, has faced an onslaught of legal cases and punishments over its use of web-tracking technology, which breaches EU privacy legislation.”

Google Blog: Introducing the Privacy Sandbox on Android

Google Blog: Introducing the Privacy Sandbox on Android. “Today, we’re announcing a multi-year initiative to build the Privacy Sandbox on Android, with the goal of introducing new, more private advertising solutions. Specifically, these solutions will limit sharing of user data with third parties and operate without cross-app identifiers, including advertising ID. We’re also exploring technologies that reduce the potential for covert data collection, including safer ways for apps to integrate with advertising SDKs.”

TechCrunch: Behavioral ad industry gets hard reform deadline after IAB’s TCF found to breach Europe’s GDPR

TechCrunch: Behavioral ad industry gets hard reform deadline after IAB’s TCF found to breach Europe’s GDPR. “A piece of compliance theatre that the behavioral ad industry has for years passed off as ‘a cross-industry best practice standard’ — claiming the consent management platform allowed advertisers to keep tracking and surveilling European Internet users without having to worry about pesky EU privacy laws — has today been confirmed to breach the bloc’s rules. The decision puts a ticking time-bomb under the behavioral ad industry’s regional ops — with the IAB Europe having been given just two months to submit an action plan to its Belgian regulator explaining how exactly it will fix the mess it helped create.”

New York Times: Google will introduce a new system for tracking Chrome browser users.

New York Times: Google will introduce a new system for tracking Chrome browser users.. “Google’s plan to eliminate cookies by the end of next year is a potentially huge shift for the digital advertising industry, though it is not clear if the new method, which the company will start testing in the first quarter this year, will be any less alarming to advertisers and regulators. Google Chrome, the world’s most widely used web browser, is used by two of every three people surfing the internet, according to StatCounter.”

Lowell Sun: Lowell brothers hope to keep online data ‘Cloaked’

The Lowell Sun: Lowell brothers hope to keep online data ‘Cloaked’. “Two brothers native to the Mill City are looking to change the future of user privacy online. Arjun Bhatnagar serves as the CEO and Abhijay Bhatnagar as the chief technology officer of their new startup, Cloaked. The brothers co-founded the company in 2020 and are hoping to ensure privacy and security for users, while still allowing them to use the services they enjoy.”

Wired: Europe’s Move Against Google Analytics Is Just the Beginning

Wired: Europe’s Move Against Google Analytics Is Just the Beginning. “The Austrian decision—and other similar cases currently being considered—highlight the tensions between Europe’s strong privacy laws and what happens to data once it leaves the bloc. Some are optimistic that it could reduce Europe’s reliance on major US technology companies, while others say it highlights the importance of making sure negotiators from both sides strike a new deal that allows data sharing before data flows and economies are disrupted.”

Gizmodo: Gettr Promised Users It Would Free Them From Big Tech, But It’s Tracking Them for Facebook and Google

Gizmodo: Gettr Promised Users It Would Free Them From Big Tech, But It’s Tracking Them for Facebook and Google. “Gettr, just one of the interminable Facebook/Twitter clones for MAGA chuds angry about social media rules against conspiracy theories and bigotry, sold itself to potential users as a way to escape the totalitarian tyranny of tech giants like Facebook and Google. Surprise! That pitch comes with a million caveats, the first and foremost of which is that Gettr doesn’t actually seem to do that at all.”

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla partners with The Markup to launch Rally study into Facebook’s tracking and data collection practices

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla partners with The Markup to launch Rally study into Facebook’s tracking and data collection practices. “Browser maker Mozilla today announced a partnership with The Markup, the non-profit newsroom that investigates how technology is reshaping society, on a research project to provide insights into and data about a space that’s opaque to policymakers, researchers and users themselves. By joining Mozilla and The Markup’s ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ in Firefox, people can help Rally and The Markup unravel how Facebook’s tracking infrastructure massively collects data about people online – data that is used to target ads, tailor content recommendations and spread misinformation – all by simply browsing the web.”

CNET: You can stop Google tracking by changing these settings

CNET: You can stop Google tracking by changing these settings. “Do you use any of Google’s apps? If so, you’re probably being tracked. Even if you turned off location history on your Google account, you’re not completely in the clear yet. While disabling that setting sounds like a one-and-done solution, some Google apps are still storing your location data.”

TechRadar: Google has more cross-site trackers than other popular websites

TechRadar: Google has more cross-site trackers than other popular websites. “After Google recently revealed that it had delayed its plan to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome, pCloud used the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature in Safari to collect data on the number of trackers blocked on 88 different websites as well as the number of trackers each company has across all websites to compile its new ‘The Web’s Most Invasive Cookies’ study.”