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Children’s Privacy: Meta adds privacy functionality for teens – though not totally by default

Meta announced new users of Instagram and Facebook under 16, and users under 18 in certain countries will be put by default into more private settings when they join Facebook. This seems good, though those users already on the app will only be encouraged to change settings for more privacy, rather than having their settings changed by the company. At the same time, Meta is testing ways to protect teens from suspicious adults and is building a platform to help keep intimate images from being posted online.

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Children’s Privacy: Microsoft Office 365 & Google Workspace free versions banned in French schools

November 29, 2022

France has determined that free versions of Office 365 and Google Workspace potentially leave data at risk because they store data in the cloud in the US, so are not under obligation to comply with the EU’s GDPR and Schrems II, the 2020 ruling by the European Court of Justice on the cross-border sharing of data. As a result free versions are not allowed to be used in French schools.

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In Brief: McDonald’s, which is known to produce more emissions than the country of Norway and which has been challenged to reduce its litter, has a new, but likely unpopular idea it may test in cooperation with Wales

November 29, 2022

That is to capture license plate numbers of customer cars and print them on meal bags, so those found littering after their McMeal can be identified. The Welsh government proposed this to other fast-food companies too, though it acknowledges whichever one goes first might find customers switching to others for privacy.

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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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