E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sex Abuse

“The grooming of children for sexual purposes is always about a child on the verge of or in the midst of abuse,” said John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. federal clearinghouse that works with technology companies and law enforcement agencies around the world.

As of September, according to the clearinghouse, 1,020 reports of grooming had come from the European Union. Cases of grooming were reported in all 27 E.U. countries and contained many examples of “sextortion” — when an adult poses as a minor to solicit photos or videos, then uses the imagery as blackmail to further exploit the child.

Diego Naranjo, head of policy at European Digital Rights in Brussels, an advocacy group, said the subject was fraught because anyone who questioned the tech companies’s practices was cast as “somebody who doesn’t care about the children.”

Even so, he

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ZoomInfo Launches Privacy Clusters to Future-Proof Intent Data


ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI), a global leader in go-to-market intelligence solutions, today announced that it has launched Privacy Clusters as a part of its premium Streaming Intent offering. Privacy Clusters enable the cookieless production of business intent signals and preserve the anonymity of individuals while offering the company-specific behavioral signals needed to identify early-stage opportunities.

With the future of third-party cookies uncertain, Privacy Clusters allow ZoomInfo to respect consumer privacy while still delivering the business-to-business insights companies need to identify and reach prospective buyers at the right time. ZoomInfo’s Privacy Clusters are compliant with all current and expected privacy legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and are unencumbered by opt-in, opt-out, or informed consent requirements.

Privacy Clusters deliver 100-percent cookieless tracking of company-level purchasing intent signals. Using its proprietary technology, ZoomInfo crafts persistent groupings of devices

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How Tech Companies Can Use Providerless Technology To Help Fix Their Data Privacy Problem

Itay Levy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Identiq, the world’s first anonymous identity validation network.

I don’t think it’s a secret that the tech world has a data privacy problem. A series of scandals, from Cambridge Analytica to the Equifax data breach and many more, have made consumers aware that the convenience and connectivity we value so highly in our online lives are sometimes achieved at the cost of data privacy — and sometimes with frightening consequences. 

Confessions Of A Data Baron

I have a personal history with this problem. My first two startups were Buzzmetrics and Appoxee, which were acquired by Nielsen and Teradata, respectively. Both focused on collecting, analyzing and using consumer data. 

In both companies, huge amounts of data passed through our hands — a trust we were enormously careful to protect and use appropriately. But when I began my third startup, I started

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Future of facial recognition technology and trouble with data privacy

a computer mouse on a table: The San Francisco city council announced a freeze on the technology last year because foundational, human-origin information used by the technology caused it to be biased against people of colour—an MIT study found that facial-analysis had a high error rate, ranging between 21-47%, for darker-skinned women.

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The San Francisco city council announced a freeze on the technology last year because foundational, human-origin information used by the technology caused it to be biased against people of colour—an MIT study found that facial-analysis had a high error rate, ranging between 21-47%, for darker-skinned women.

As India looks to expand the deployment of facial recognition technology (FRT) for law-keeping-a report by the Internet Freedom Foundation talks of 32 FRT systems getting installed in the country under Project Panoptic, at an outlay of `1,063 crore-it must take a cue or two from the global experience. It must also put in place the legal framework to allow such technology to be used without overstepping its remit. A European Commission white paper from earlier this year calls for a three-to five-year freeze on the deployment of technology such as FRT over misuse concerns and possible technological

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Microsoft will remove user names from ‘Productivity Score’ feature after privacy backlash

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Microsoft says it will make changes in its new Productivity Score feature, including removing the ability for companies to see data about individual users, to address concerns from privacy experts that the tech giant had effectively rolled out a new tool for snooping on workers.

“Going forward, the communications, meetings, content collaboration, teamwork, and mobility measures in Productivity Score will only aggregate data at the organization level—providing a clear measure of organization-level adoption of key features,” wrote Jared Spataro, Microsoft 365 corporate vice president, in a post this morning. “No one in the organization will be able to use Productivity Score to access data about how an individual user is using apps and services in Microsoft 365.”

The company rolled out its new “Productivity Score” feature as part of Microsoft 365 in late October. It gives companies data to understand how workers are using and adopting different forms

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California passed Prop. 24. Here’s what that means for your privacy.

On its surface, the premise of Proposition 24 is simple: to protect California’s existing consumer privacy laws by preventing companies from being able to collect and share your personal data without prior consent or knowledge.

It also guarantees the implementation of a state agency costing $10 million a year that will enforce privacy protection laws, and creates new classifications of sensitive information such as race and sexual orientation, explicitly barring companies from accessing such data.

Voters passed the measure in this year’s general election with a 56.2% majority vote. However, critics aren’t so sure it will fulfill its promise.

Prop. 24 began as the California Consumer Privacy Act, a ballot initiative introduced by Alastair Mactaggart, who is a real estate developer based in San Francisco. He was inspired to write the initiative in 2017 after a conversation he had with a Google engineer at a cocktail party in the Oakland

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What opting into personalized offers can really mean for your privacy and finances

When Google says some of its controversial tracking features are “opt in” only, do you realize you’ve actually agreed to let them snoop on you? Take, for instance, Google’s new Pay app.

Google Pay's personalization

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Google Pay’s personalization

The company is encouraging people to try it out and let Google monitor their finances and purchases in exchange for personalized offers, on a three-month trial. 


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For instance, if Google knows you eat at Burger King, it says it could hit you up with specific BK offers, as opposed to generic restaurant deals in your neighborhood. 

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But it knows people are wary about giving Google yet another license to track their every movement, as it already does with Maps, YouTube viewing, searches and the like. It already knows where you go, what you watch, who you

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Apple Trashes Facebook After Groups Lament App Privacy Delay

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Earlier this year, human rights and privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch wrote to Apple, asking why it was delaying the introduction of a feature that would force apps to receive explicit opt-in from iPhone users before tracking them. Apple responded, according to Bloomberg, with a letter slamming Facebook.

Apple rolled out the privacy-enhancing feature in iOS 14 in September but hasn’t made it mandatory for developers to enable yet. The groups wrote in a letter to the tech giant stating the delay was ill-advised in the “critical weeks leading up to and following the 2020 U.S. elections, when people’s data can be used to target them with personalized political ads.”

In the letter, Apple’s global head of privacy, Jane Horvath, responded to the groups by trashing Facebook and its business model.


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Microsoft: These are the new privacy steps we’re taking to protect your data

Microsoft says it is the first company in the world to respond to recommendations by Europe’s privacy watchdogs following a decision by Europe’s top court over data being shipped to the US. 

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in July struck down the EU-US Data Privacy Shield, throwing into question how companies – in particular US tech giants, but also thousands of European businesses – would send data across to the US without contravening Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, boasts that the maker of Windows 10, Office, and Azure is the first entity in the world to meet recommendations outlined by Europe’s data-protection heads last week. 

“Today, we’re announcing new protections for our public sector and enterprise customers who need to move their data from the European Union, including a contractual commitment to challenge government requests for data and a

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Apple remains ‘fully committed’ to privacy features like anti-tracking in iOS 14 [u]

Apple remains committed to implementing anti-tracking features in iOS 14 and further privacy improvements down the road, the company’s privacy chief said in a letter.

The iOS 14 feature, dubbed App Tracking Transparency (ATT), makes cross-app and website tracking opt-in, and gives users additional information and context. In September, Apple delayed the rollout of the privacy feature until 2021.

Shortly after Apple announced the delay, a coalition of digital civil rights groups penned a letter expressing their “disappointment” that it wouldn’t be available during the initial iOS 14 rollout. On Nov. 19, Apple sent a letter back in response.

“We delayed the release of ATT to early next year to give developers the time they indicated they needed to properly update their systems and data practices, but we remain fully committed to ATT and to our expansive approach to privacy protections,” wrote Jane C. Horvath, Apple’s Senior Director of Global

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