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Apple’s Day in the Life of Your Data

On a more positive privacy note, Apple offered an easy-to-understand story that illustrated how its privacy controls can make a big difference.  Following the simple story of a dad taking his daughter to the park, Apple shows step-by-step how much data could be revealed by looking up the weather, checking a map, taking a photo, and other common actions — and how much of that sharing its privacy controls would prevent.

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UN Secretary-General calls for global rules oversight on social media companies

February 2, 2021

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a global regulatory framework to rein-in the power of social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. Speaking at a news conference, Guterres expressed grave concern about the amount of data the companies control, the potential use of that data to influence politics and our behavior, and the risks of allowing these companies to continue to have unrestricted power over our lives.

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Companies strive to make secure digital passports for COVID-19 vaccine authentication

February 2, 2021

As more people are vaccinated and we move toward a return to public events, travel and gatherings, there is a clear need to have a valid, secure way to confirm whether a given person has been vaccinated. The Commons Project and a group of health and technology companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic and Cigna are looking to develop common standards for health cards, via a new file type that could hold vaccine records without violating privacy.

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Retail Rocket Raises $24 Million and Buys Sailplay to Enter U.S. Market

July 6, 2022

Netherlands-based retention management platform Retail Rocket just raised a $24 Million Series A, and immediately spent some of it to buy Sailplay, a New York-based marketing automation vendor that will grow its U.S. presence.  Retail Rocket builds unified customer profiles in a module it charmingly calls Data Warehouse, and has other modules for AI-driven personalization, segmentation, and campaign management.  The company has more than 1,000 global clients across Europe and South America.

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