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FingerprintJS, raises $8M for fingerprinting-as-a-service

FingerprintJS gives developers an API that uses system details to create a fingerprint that identifies devices over time without relying on cookies or user consent.  They only authorize use for fraud prevention, since that’s what GDPR and CCPA allow.  The technology enables a high level of ID accuracy and enables authentication of large data sets. The company will use the funds to expand in the enterprise market.

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Rave Mobile Safety takes U.S. temperature on trust

February 16, 2021

A Rave survey of 1,000 Americans shows a significant lack of trust in federal and local officials. Firefighters, paramedics and other first responders are trusted far more than local government. Fifty percent of participants said their trust level would increase if they received information directly from officials. And 77% reported that text and phone alerts from local officials are among the most trusted sources of information.

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Welcome, Google’s new privacy tab!

February 16, 2021

Google Chrome Web Store adds tab to stop aggressive data harvesting Do you download Chrome extensions to make browsing and buying easier? Developers and advertisers are happy when you do, since permission you grant gives access to so much data. Now, Google is pulling back the curtain on extensions, so when you consider them to add, you’ll see exactly what personal data you’ll give up in return.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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