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Facebook Promises Fabulous Privacy Protections

Raise your hand if you knew today is Data Privacy Day. (Firstname_Placeholder, did you just raise your hand? Do you think I can’t see you?) You can watch a two hour event to celebrate or you can chuckle over Facebook’s promise to provide users with privacy protections “far beyond those required by United States law” if a federal judge grants it immunity from anything illegal it might have done in the past. They didn’t mention throwing in a bridge to Brooklyn, but I guess that’s implied.

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SECURITi.ai Raises $50 Million Series B for Privacy Compliance

January 29, 2020

Here’s a sign of the times: SECURITI.ai positioned itself as a privacy vendor instead of an AI vendor when it could have chosen either one. They just raised a $50 million Series B for a collection of tools that uses AI to automatically find personal data in a company’s systems, track consent, and fulfill data access requests. The company has also just launched freemium and self-service portals.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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