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Ads on piracy websites an estimated $1.34B, including from many top brands

A year-long survey conducted by anti-piracy company White Bullet and the Digital Citizens Alliance web-safety coalition found major brands alone, including Amazon, Facebook and Google, paid pirate operators roughly $100M in the past year to advertise on their platforms. This puts brand users at risk of exposure to malware and other ad risks.

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Children’s Privacy: New Mexico sues Angry Birds developer over children’s privacy just two weeks after settling a children’s suit with Google

August 31, 2021

New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed papers in federal district court alleging Angry Birds developer Rovio Entertainment has been collecting and selling personal data of kids under age of thirteen. The state reached a settlement with Google mid-August, which had alleged Google ad platform AdMob allowed collection of children’s data.

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CIAM Vendor Ping Identity Bought for $2.8 Billion by Private Investors

August 5, 2022

CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management) was once largely about managing employee access to company systems, but it’s increasingly applied to consumer log-ins and identities as well.  This creates an overlap with the identity management systems more traditionally used for customer data.  The expanded market helps to explain why private investor Thoma Bravo just paid $2.8 billion for CIAM vendor Ping Identity, a 60% premium of its most recent stock price and just under 10x revenue.

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