Children’s Privacy: Google Play changes requirements for apps to be on Play Store’s “Kids” tab

Children’s apps will now face a more stringent process to gain a place in Google’s Play Store because of changes to ensure apps in the store are compliant with children’s privacy regulations, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The vetting process will adhere more closely to Google’s “Teacher Approved” program, which has stricter guidelines than its other programs that oversaw apps not designated for educational use.

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Give your favorite brands data for the holidays!

November 22, 2022

Favorite brands have secret ways to get you to gift them your data for the holidays. This is made easy via fun products, including from Meta with their Quest Pro ocular-reading headset; Amazon, which is hungry for more data to feed Alexa and has several new product offerings; and Google, Verizon, Nintendo and others. The majority of products on this Top 10 gift list are, however, a bit unclear on how you can delete data after you provide it – but no worries! The companies are happy to keep it.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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