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Consumers ditch/switch period tracking apps over weekend

Alarm bells sounded across the US as citizens considered privacy implications of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade. News warnings advising deletion of period tracking apps sparked fears that resulted in huge drops and gains for different apps – and sometimes both happened on the same platform. But the problem is, many decisions (including for one app that saw a 6,000% increase in its average daily downloads) were based on corporate messaging and gut impressions, rather than on what consumers knew about given app privacy practices.

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Italian regulator adds voice opposing Google Analytics transfers from EU

June 28, 2022

Garante, the Italian data authority, found web publisher Caffeina Media Srl in violation of GDPR because its Google Analytics use resulted in the capture of EU personal data. This included device IP addresses, browser information, and visit dates and times – data which was subsequently transferred to the US. The Italian DPA also warned other local sites to check their own compliance. This follows a similar CNIL decision in France.

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IT’S THE LAW (06/28/2022)

June 28, 2022

Colorado, one of 5 US states with a new privacy law, has just passed a biometrics law that limits use of facial recognition by state government agencies and higher ed institutions. This law requires organizations that intend to “develop, procure or use” facial recognition technology to provide notice of intent, including how the data will be stored and protected. Prior to beginning use of a system, agencies will need to submit an accountability report, and they must also train users to ensure compliance with related prohibitions.

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Big Tech Suffers Big Drop in Customer Data Trust: Jebbit Survey

August 8, 2022

Greater public attention to privacy has reduced trust in all tech providers, including those like Apple and Google that have positioned themselves as privacy-friendly.  Apple’s rank in Jebbit’s annual Consumer Data Trust Index fell from 17 to 43, while Google fell from number 4 to 89.  Amazon fell just slightly, from first to fourth place, while Facebook actually improved a bit from 97 to 88.

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