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TechCrunch
1 month ago
Chicago

Foursquare just laid off 105 employees | TechCrunch

Foursquare laid off 105 employees to streamline operations and secure financial stability in 2024. [ more ]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
1 month ago
Privacy professionals

EFF to Court: Electronic Ankle Monitoring Is Bad. Sharing That Data Is Even Worse.

The government violates privacy rights by continuously tracking individuals on pretrial release through electronic monitoring. [ more ]
#fcc
Android Police
2 months ago
Data science

FCC slaps four major US carriers with a fine over selling customers' location data

FCC fined major US carriers for sharing customers' location data without consent. This violation underscores the risk to users' privacy when data is improperly handled. [ more ]
TechCrunch
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

US fines telcos $200M for sharing customer location data without consent | TechCrunch

Major U.S. wireless carriers fined $200 million for illegally sharing customers' location data. [ more ]
Theregister
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile US fined for privacy woe

Telecom companies fined $200 million for selling location data without consent. [ more ]
Android Police
2 months ago
Data science

FCC slaps four major US carriers with a fine over selling customers' location data

FCC fined major US carriers for sharing customers' location data without consent. This violation underscores the risk to users' privacy when data is improperly handled. [ more ]
TechCrunch
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

US fines telcos $200M for sharing customer location data without consent | TechCrunch

Major U.S. wireless carriers fined $200 million for illegally sharing customers' location data. [ more ]
Theregister
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile US fined for privacy woe

Telecom companies fined $200 million for selling location data without consent. [ more ]
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#data-brokers
The Mercury News
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

Who's selling your digital data? California offers tools to protect online privacy

Data brokers collect and sell personal data, including location and health information, raising privacy concerns. [ more ]
CalMatters
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

Who's selling your digital data? California gives you tools to protect your online privacy

Data brokers like Near Intelligence and Outlogic sell location and personal data, potentially compromising user privacy. [ more ]
POLITICO
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

A company tracked visits to 600 Planned Parenthood locations for anti-abortion ads, senator says

Location data was used for a national anti-abortion ad campaign targeting Planned Parenthood clinics.
This campaign is the largest targeting campaign against reproductive health clinics based on brokered data. [ more ]
Therecord
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC settles second case with geolocation data broker in two weeks

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on location data brokers who sell sensitive data without informed consent.
Data aggregator InMarket Media improperly collected, used, and stored consumers' location data, violating Section 5 of the FTC Act. [ more ]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Bars X-Mode from Selling Sensitive Location Data

Phone app location data brokers pose a threat to privacy and safety by selling our location data to advertisers and even police.
The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against X-Mode Social for collecting and selling raw location data to marketers and government contractors. [ more ]
The Mercury News
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

Who's selling your digital data? California offers tools to protect online privacy

Data brokers collect and sell personal data, including location and health information, raising privacy concerns. [ more ]
CalMatters
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

Who's selling your digital data? California gives you tools to protect your online privacy

Data brokers like Near Intelligence and Outlogic sell location and personal data, potentially compromising user privacy. [ more ]
POLITICO
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

A company tracked visits to 600 Planned Parenthood locations for anti-abortion ads, senator says

Location data was used for a national anti-abortion ad campaign targeting Planned Parenthood clinics.
This campaign is the largest targeting campaign against reproductive health clinics based on brokered data. [ more ]
Therecord
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC settles second case with geolocation data broker in two weeks

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on location data brokers who sell sensitive data without informed consent.
Data aggregator InMarket Media improperly collected, used, and stored consumers' location data, violating Section 5 of the FTC Act. [ more ]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Bars X-Mode from Selling Sensitive Location Data

Phone app location data brokers pose a threat to privacy and safety by selling our location data to advertisers and even police.
The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against X-Mode Social for collecting and selling raw location data to marketers and government contractors. [ more ]
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Electronic Frontier Foundation
2 months ago
Privacy professionals

Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act Passed the House, Now it Should Pass the Senate

The Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives, protecting location data privacy, advocates for privacy rights, and closing a dangerous loophole. [ more ]
#data-privacy
Electronic Frontier Foundation
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Sen. Wyden Exposes Data Brokers Selling Location Data to Anti-Abortion Groups That Target Abortion Seekers

Near sold location data of individuals seeking reproductive healthcare to anti-abortion groups for targeted advertising.
Near enabled the targeting of anti-abortion content at people who had visited Planned Parenthood and similar clinics using location data. [ more ]
Ars Technica
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

How your sensitive data can be sold after a data broker goes bankrupt

Near, a company with a large location data set, faced bankruptcy after going public with a $1 billion valuation.
The bankruptcy raised concerns about the fate of Near's sensitive location data, prompting a call for the data's destruction to protect consumers' privacy. [ more ]
Therecord
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Broker sold Planned Parenthood visitor location data to pro-life group, senator says

Pro-life organization used location data for targeted advertising
Senator Ron Wyden calls for action to protect privacy of patients [ more ]
PCMAG
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Senator: This Data Broker Tracked User Visits to 600 Planned Parenthoods

Data broker allegedly tracked user visits to reproductive clinics and gave the information to an anti-abortion campaign.
Senator Ron Wyden is demanding federal regulators intervene and force the data broker to delete the collected information. [ more ]
www.fastcompany.com
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

The FTC's case against adtech giant Kochava highlights how much data brokers know everything about us

Kochava is facing a legal battle with the FTC over its data acquisition and AI-aided analytics practices.
The outcome of this case could impact the global data marketplace and Congress's approach to AI and data privacy. [ more ]
The Drum
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Apple & Google debut new measures that will limit user data sharing with law enforcement

Google and Apple are introducing new data privacy measures for users, giving users more control over their data.
Google's new measure includes stopping the storage of users' location history and automatically deleting location data after three months. [ more ]
Electronic Frontier Foundation
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Sen. Wyden Exposes Data Brokers Selling Location Data to Anti-Abortion Groups That Target Abortion Seekers

Near sold location data of individuals seeking reproductive healthcare to anti-abortion groups for targeted advertising.
Near enabled the targeting of anti-abortion content at people who had visited Planned Parenthood and similar clinics using location data. [ more ]
Ars Technica
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

How your sensitive data can be sold after a data broker goes bankrupt

Near, a company with a large location data set, faced bankruptcy after going public with a $1 billion valuation.
The bankruptcy raised concerns about the fate of Near's sensitive location data, prompting a call for the data's destruction to protect consumers' privacy. [ more ]
Therecord
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Broker sold Planned Parenthood visitor location data to pro-life group, senator says

Pro-life organization used location data for targeted advertising
Senator Ron Wyden calls for action to protect privacy of patients [ more ]
PCMAG
4 months ago
Privacy professionals

Senator: This Data Broker Tracked User Visits to 600 Planned Parenthoods

Data broker allegedly tracked user visits to reproductive clinics and gave the information to an anti-abortion campaign.
Senator Ron Wyden is demanding federal regulators intervene and force the data broker to delete the collected information. [ more ]
www.fastcompany.com
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

The FTC's case against adtech giant Kochava highlights how much data brokers know everything about us

Kochava is facing a legal battle with the FTC over its data acquisition and AI-aided analytics practices.
The outcome of this case could impact the global data marketplace and Congress's approach to AI and data privacy. [ more ]
The Drum
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Apple & Google debut new measures that will limit user data sharing with law enforcement

Google and Apple are introducing new data privacy measures for users, giving users more control over their data.
Google's new measure includes stopping the storage of users' location history and automatically deleting location data after three months. [ more ]
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WIRED
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

The Pentagon Tried to Hide That It Bought Americans' Data Without a Warrant

US officials have been concealing arrangements between spy agencies and private companies for tracking Americans' whereabouts via cellphones.
Police and intelligence agencies pay companies for location data, bypassing the need for a warrant. [ more ]
www.cnn.com
5 months ago
EU data protection

Feds crack down hard on selling of personal data without consent

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has banned InMarket Media from selling or licensing people's precise geolocation data, highlighting the government's crackdown on data brokers.
InMarket allegedly gathered consumer location data from mobile apps and used it for targeted advertising without users' informed consent. [ more ]
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Federal Trade Commission
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Order Will Ban InMarket from Selling Precise Consumer Location Data

InMarket Media is prohibited from selling precise location data without informed consent from consumers.
The FTC action aims to protect consumers from unchecked corporate surveillance and data monetization. [ more ]
TechCrunch
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC bans another data broker from selling consumers' location data | TechCrunch

The FTC has banned data aggregation company InMarket from selling consumers' precise location data.
The FTC accuses InMarket of failing to obtain users' consent before using their location data for marketing and advertising purposes. [ more ]
Therecord
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC settles unprecedented case against geolocation data broker

FTC settles with data broker for selling location data
Data broker must stop sharing sensitive location data and establish prevention programs [ more ]
TechCrunch
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC bans X-Mode from selling phone location data, and orders firm to delete collected data | TechCrunch

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has banned data broker X-Mode Social from sharing or selling users' sensitive location data.
X-Mode, now known as Outlogic, must delete or destroy all previously collected location data unless it obtains consumer consent. [ more ]
news.bloomberglaw.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Reaches First Settlement Banning Location Data Tracking (1)

Data broker X-Mode Social and its successor Outlogic LLC have settled with the FTC over the sale of sensitive location information.
X-Mode and Outlogic were accused of selling precise geolocation data that could be used to track users' visits to sensitive locations. [ more ]
Federal Trade Commission
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Order Will Ban InMarket from Selling Precise Consumer Location Data

InMarket Media is prohibited from selling precise location data without informed consent from consumers.
The FTC action aims to protect consumers from unchecked corporate surveillance and data monetization. [ more ]
TechCrunch
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC bans another data broker from selling consumers' location data | TechCrunch

The FTC has banned data aggregation company InMarket from selling consumers' precise location data.
The FTC accuses InMarket of failing to obtain users' consent before using their location data for marketing and advertising purposes. [ more ]
Therecord
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC settles unprecedented case against geolocation data broker

FTC settles with data broker for selling location data
Data broker must stop sharing sensitive location data and establish prevention programs [ more ]
TechCrunch
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC bans X-Mode from selling phone location data, and orders firm to delete collected data | TechCrunch

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has banned data broker X-Mode Social from sharing or selling users' sensitive location data.
X-Mode, now known as Outlogic, must delete or destroy all previously collected location data unless it obtains consumer consent. [ more ]
news.bloomberglaw.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

FTC Reaches First Settlement Banning Location Data Tracking (1)

Data broker X-Mode Social and its successor Outlogic LLC have settled with the FTC over the sale of sensitive location information.
X-Mode and Outlogic were accused of selling precise geolocation data that could be used to track users' visits to sensitive locations. [ more ]
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#google
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google keeps location history data including abortion clinics despite vow to delete, new study shows

Google still retains location history data from visits to abortion clinics in 50% of cases despite their pledge to delete it.
Research conducted by tech advocacy group Accountable Tech found that Google's rate of retention of location history data has improved slightly but is still not in line with their original promise. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google will stop telling law enforcement which users were near a crime

Google is changing its Maps tool to no longer have access to users' individual location histories, blocking law enforcement from obtaining data on everyone near a crime.
Location data will now be saved directly on users' devices to keep it safe and private. [ more ]
time.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google Will Stop Providing Law Enforcement Data on Which Users Were Near a Crime

Google is changing its Maps tool to prevent access to users' individual location histories, making it more difficult for law enforcement to obtain data on everyone in the vicinity of a crime.
The change comes after a Bloomberg investigation revealed that police were increasingly using warrants to obtain location and search data from Google, even for nonviolent cases and individuals unrelated to the crime. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google keeps location history data including abortion clinics despite vow to delete, new study shows

Google still retains location history data from visits to abortion clinics in 50% of cases despite their pledge to delete it.
Research conducted by tech advocacy group Accountable Tech found that Google's rate of retention of location history data has improved slightly but is still not in line with their original promise. [ more ]
www.mercurynews.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google will stop telling law enforcement which users were near a crime

Google is changing its Maps tool to no longer have access to users' individual location histories, blocking law enforcement from obtaining data on everyone near a crime.
Location data will now be saved directly on users' devices to keep it safe and private. [ more ]
time.com
6 months ago
Privacy professionals

Google Will Stop Providing Law Enforcement Data on Which Users Were Near a Crime

Google is changing its Maps tool to prevent access to users' individual location histories, making it more difficult for law enforcement to obtain data on everyone in the vicinity of a crime.
The change comes after a Bloomberg investigation revealed that police were increasingly using warrants to obtain location and search data from Google, even for nonviolent cases and individuals unrelated to the crime. [ more ]
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WIRED
5 months ago
EU data protection

The Sad Truth of the FTC's 'Historic' Privacy Win

The FTC reached a settlement with a data broker that was selling sensitive location data.
The settlement requires the company to stop selling the data and delete all gathered data. [ more ]
Theregister
5 months ago
Information security

FTC wins first settlement banning sale of location data

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with data broker X-Mode Social, prohibiting them from sharing or selling sensitive location data.
X-Mode was accused of selling raw non-anonymized location data collected through its own apps and an SDK found in hundreds of popular apps on Apple and Android devices. [ more ]
www.fastcompany.com
6 months ago
Digital life

Google search users are getting annoyed by a pop-up window that asks: See results closer to you?

Pop-up windows asking for location have been frustrating Google users
The pop-up window appears even if users have already chosen not to share their location [ more ]
AdExchanger
6 months ago
Marketing tech

Why The Gray Lady Misses Its Old Ads Biz; Google's Location Data Update Changes Nothing | AdExchanger

Advertisers often feel less ownership over content and standards compared to subscribers
Google's location history updates may give users a false sense of control [ more ]
The Verge
7 months ago
Digital life

Google Maps gives you more control from the blue dot

Google Maps is introducing new privacy features that allow users to have more control over their location data.
Users can now easily toggle device location and location history settings in the app. [ more ]
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