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Data broker SafeGraph cashes in by revealing who visits abortion clinics

For just $160, Vice’s Motherboard team bought a SafeGraph list of a weeks’ worth of data on location and length of stay for groups of people who visited Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics (and where they went afterward). To say this is sensitive information, given what looks like pending reversal of Roe v. Wade, is an understatement. What is safe to say is the people whose data was collected never consented to have information accrued by SafeGraph via software development kit code (SDK) data of ordinary-use apps (for weather information, prayer groups, etc.) brokered to buyers, including the US military. That SafeGraph data is an aggregate of device location and doesn’t name specific individuals is small comfort.

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Netherlands ACM investigating Match Group claim against Google Play

May 10, 2022

The investigation by Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) was triggered by a complaint by Match Group (which owns Tinder and other dating apps). Match claims Google’s Android Play Store uses a dominant position to preclude use of other payment systems. Google, in a statement, says Match is eligible to use other (more expensive) options outside Google Play’s standard policies.

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Rokt Funding Grows Valuation to $2.4 Billion

December 6, 2022

We have a full pouch of stories about Australian companies but our Emerging Markets editor has threatened bodily harm if I poach them. I can sneak in Aussie-born ecommerce personalization vendor Rokt, because it’s now based in New York. They’ve completed a secondary funding at a valuation of $2.4 billion, one year after a $325 million Series E at $1.95 billion. Not bad in a down year for tech stocks.

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