GDPR: Programmatic ad buying plummets in Europe

Since the early hours of May 25, ad exchanges have seen European ad demand volumes plummet between 25 and 40 percent in some cases, according to sources. Ad tech vendors scrambled to inform clients that they predict steep drops in demand coming through their platforms from Google. Some U.S. publishers have halted all programmatic ads […]

Chicago Times and LA Times Block EU Users

Some high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new EU data protection rules came into effect. The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among those saying they were currently unavailable in most European countries. Meanwhile complaints were filed against US tech giants within hours of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking […]

Amazon confirms that Echo device secretly shared user’s private audio

Amazon confirmed an Echo owner’s privacy-sensitive allegation on Thursday, after Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-7 reported that an Echo device in Oregon sent private audio to someone on a user’s contact list without permission. Danielle next asked exactly why the device sent recorded audio to a contact: ‘He said the device guessed what we were saying.’Danielle […]

Google sued for ‘clandestine tracking’ of UK iPhone users’ browsing data

Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. The collective action is being led by former director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones […]

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you’ve probably never heard about before. In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone ‘within […]

DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it?

You probably know where your Social Security card, birth certificate and other sensitive information is being stored, but what about your genetic material? If you or your child was born in California after 1983, your DNA is likely being stored by the government, may be available to law enforcement and may even be in the […]

Google’s new conversational AI could eventually undermine our sense of identity

At Google’s annual Google I/O developer conference, the search giant showcased a number of impressive implementations of artificial intelligence. One demonstration showed how Google Assistant could autonomously book a haircut and make a dinner reservation with some convincing machine to human conversations. Impressive, but what happens if Google Assistant eventually learns how to masquerade as […]