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Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

Supported by Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress ImageSundar Pichai, an engineer who rose through Google’s ranks to become its leader three years ago, faced more than three hours of questions from the House Judiciary Committee.CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York Times By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Cecilia Kang Dec. 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — Google’s […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on privacy: 'we have to admit when the free market is not working'

APCook has previously called for self-regulation on privacy issues. In an interview with Axios, Tim Cook said that regulation was “inevitable.” On the issue of user privacy, Cook said, “we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn’t worked here.” Previously, Cook urged other tech companies to self-regulate, saying Facebook […]


Powerful data privacy legislation drafted by Democratic senator from Oregon

Data privacy has been a hot topic this year, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in Europe. The GDPR obliged tech companies to be more transparent about what user data they were collecting, and to give users options to view or delete their data. But legislation in the U.S. has not […]

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HP updates Spectre x360 2-in-1s with webcam privacy switch, more battery life

New features up the privacy and practicality chops of the 2018 HP Spectre x360 13. HP Of course, HP managed to slim down the new model, which now measures 14.5mm thick and weighs 2.9 pounds. HP New angled corners allow for an extra USB-C port to connect to peripherals or to charge the device. HP […]

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A small privacy change for Google leads to big disruptions for startups

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks about Gmail, which recently updated its developer policies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) October 15 at 4:25 PM Google’s move to cut developers off from scanning people’s Gmail for ad targeting might go unnoticed by most users — but it could upend a whole segment of apps, highlighting the outsized power and […]

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Google Pixel 3 phones launch during privacy storm

Google has launched its latest smartphones under the shadow of a data exposure scandal. The Pixel 3 handsets introduce new photography features including a much higher-quality digital zoom than before. The company suggests the innovation shows it has no need to place more than one camera on the handsets’ rear. The launch comes a day […]

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Digital marketers have been lulled into false comfort about Europe's new privacy laws, and Facebook could be in for a shock when they wake up

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New California Privacy Bill Gives Consumer Sweeping Control Over Their Personal Data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed data privacy legislation aimed at giving consumers more control over how companies collect and manage their personal information, a proposal that Google and other big companies had opposed as too burdensome. Under the proposal, large companies, such as those with data on more than […]

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G.D.P.R., a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog

G.D.P.R., a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s Leading Tech Watchdog ImageThe European Union on Friday enacts the world’s toughest rules to protect people’s online data.CreditDylan Martinez/Reuters By Adam Satariano May 24, 2018 LONDON — The notices are flooding people’s inboxes en masse, from large technology companies, including Facebook and Uber, and even from parent […]

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Tech Fix: Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them

Tech Fix Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them ImageCreditMinh Uong/The New York Times By Brian X. Chen May 23, 2018 You have probably noticed a flood of emails and alerts from companies in the last few weeks informing you about changes to their privacy policies. Don’t ignore them. Yes, there is […]

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How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

Many app users’ inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions. And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time. In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data protection rights […]

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Facebook's Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Concern about Facebook Inc’s respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that […]


Steam Spy announces it’s shutting down, blames Valve’s new privacy settings

Aurich Lawson In light of Internet and social-media privacy landing at the top of major news outlets this week, another major online service announced its own privacy-policy updates on Tuesday. The latest change comes from Steam, the Western world’s largest online PC game seller. According to Steam’s creators at Valve, an updated settings panel will soon […]

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Facebook Is Adding Privacy Wording To Its Policies And Wants Your Feedback

SAN FRANCISCO ― Facebook Inc. plans to revise the written policies that people agree to when they use the social network, it said on Wednesday, adding language about the protection of personal data as it prepares to comply with a strict new European law. The world’s largest social media company has been hammered by investors and […]

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Facebook Employees Are Outraged About — Wait For It — Their Own Online Privacy

A years-old, highly revealing bit of sensitive Facebook data ― one that could do damage in the wrong hands ― has made it to the open internet. Judging by the howls from Facebook employees, including Mark Zuckerberg, it seems the company really does care about the improper handling of private information — but only when […]