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PRIVACY: Last-minute provision in California data-privacy bill may actually create a marketplace that values personal information, observers say; also nonprofits not covered?

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GDPR and ITEGA

LINK: Running references to GDPR resources  Has the GDPR law actually gotten European news outlets to cut down on rampant third-party cookies and content on their sites? It seems so  | Nieman Lab | Aug. 15, 2018 "Understanding GDPR" -- a Swiss tech company's founder...

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FACEBOOK HAD DOCUMENTS IN A U.S. LAWSUIT SEALED BUT A BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE SEIZED THEM AND RELEASED THEM. THIS STORY AND OTHERS IN THE NY TIMES PAINT A DISTURBING PICTURE.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/technology/facebook-emails-privacy-data.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/technology/facebook-documents-uk-parliament.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/business/dealbook/facebook-email-data.html

Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon

MOZILLA BROWSER MARKET SHARE CONTINUES SLOW DECLINE, BUT NEW DEAL WITH GOOGLE ALLOWS IT TO UP SPENDING ON DEVELOPMENT AND PRIVACY INITIATIVES
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-firefox-search-deal-gives-mozilla-more-money-to-push-privacy/

Facebook's bad times mean plenty of work for Mozilla. Its 8 percent revenue jump should help.

Opinion from Dr. Nathalie Maréchal is a senior research fellow at Ranking Digital Rights.
EXCERPT:
"Policymakers around the world, including in Washington, are increasingly aware that privacy and data protection are intimately linked to the basic structure of society. Neither they, nor the public, are likely to accept the status quo for much longer.

Saving democracy requires more than reforming internet companies, of course, and the exact recipe for success varies by country. In the United States, we need to reverse 30 years of media deregulation, exponentially increase public support for public interest media, and address the structural inequalities in our electoral system that give power to a party that less than half the electorate supports."

Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World

https://brave.com/cnil-consent-rtb

French regulator shows deep flaws in IAB's consent framework and RTB | Brave Browser

GDPR / AD-TECH: Brave's Johnny Ryan joins those who think French data ruling may mean the IAB's Consent Framework doesn't protect real-time bidding consent strings

"[E] even with a perfect consent system, there are problems, said Johnny Ryan, chief policy and industry relations officer at open-source web browser Brave, who called the IAB’s framework “quicksand upon quicksand.”

“[Vectaury] is clearly just the tip of the iceberg,” Ryan said. “Billions of bid requests are broadcast each day, with no control over what ad tech companies do with the data.”

In September, Brave filed a complaint in the United Kingdom and Ireland arguing that real-time bidding and the systematic sharing of bid request data by Google and other ad tech companies constitutes a data breach under GDPR."
https://adexchanger.com/ad-exchange-news/is-the-iabs-consent-framework-in-trouble/
ALSO SEE: https://brave.com/cnil-consent-rtb
Ryan writes: "French regulator’s decision against an adtech company confirms that IAB “Transparency & Consent Framework” does not obtain valid consent. The case also illustrates how even tiny adtech companies can unlawfully gather millions of people’s personal data from the online advertising “real time bidding system” (RTB)."

Is The IAB’s Consent Framework In Trouble? | AdExchanger

EXCERPT FROM REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Advertising identifiers (which are purportedly “user anonymous” and collect activity data on apps and 3rd-party webpage visits) can get connected with a user’s Google identity. This happens via passing of device-level identification information to Google servers by an Android device. Likewise, the Google-owned DoubleClick cookie ID (which tracks a user’s activity on the 3rd-party webpages) is another purportedly “user anonymous” identifier that Google can connect to a user’s Google Account if a user accesses a Google application in the same browser in which a 3rd-party webpage was previously accessed. Overall, our findings indicate that Google has the ability to connect the anonymous data collected through passive means with the personal information of the user.

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https://digitalcontentnext.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DCN-Google-Data-Collection-Paper.pdf

Google data collection research - Digital Content Next

https://www.aaaa.org/4as-comments-on-developing-the-administrations-approach-to-consumer-privacy/

4A’s Comments on “Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy” - 4A's

https://digiday.com/media/alliance-publishers-uk-compete-duopoly/

Top UK publishers have a new alliance to compete with the duopoly - Digiday

VIDEO: Sixty Minutes on CBS on Sunday Nov. 11 run a good summary of the forcing function of GDPR -- watch an industry lobbyist refused to accept that users should "own" any data. It was the first segment and starts two minutes into the episode video, below.
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/your-data-ultra-deep-the-pact/

Your Data, Ultra Deep, The Pact