China’s cracks down on WeChat owner, Tencent

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) ordered a halt to updates of existing Tencent apps pending review. The government has focused on Tencent because nine of its products were found to violate data protection rules.

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Amazon & Apple get $224M fine alleging collusion; Apple & Google face $22M antitrust fine

November 30, 2021

In the first case, the Italian Competition Authority concluded that the companies were colluding to block other resellers of Apple-owned Beats products sold on the Amazon's Italy marketplace.  In the second, Apple and Google were fined for violating EU competition rules, using aggressive methods in the way they utilize consumer data, and failing to provide enough information to customers on how their data would be used.

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Two-Thirds of Companies Plan More Customer Data Use: Treasure Data Report

January 28, 2022

Is there anything more fascinating than other companies’ customer data strategies, Dear Reader?  I thought not.  Here’s a Treasure Data study on that very topic.  Random factoids: data silos are a more common problem (34%) than data quality (24%); data and IT departments are responsible for customer data strategy at 49% of companies, while marketing is responsible at 11%.; 63% of companies plan to expand use of customer data.

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