Have you requested a loan? Sought financial aid? Tried online gambling?

None of my business, really, unless you decide to tell me. But Meta feels it’s crucial for them to know — and they don’t mind not asking! In fact, in a joint study, non-profit newsroom The Markup and Mozilla privacy platform Rally found Meta snapping up a mass of sensitive data with its Pixel tool. Pixel helps itself to snippets of HTML code, then tracks you around the Web. This crafty tool did so with a mass of FAFSA college student aid data – regardless of whether the users had logged in.

Meanwhile, a Facebook document leak revealed that because it builds systems with open borders, it doesn’t know what data it has, and can’t find out!

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Want more control of data on Google?

May 3, 2022

Good privacy news out of Google this week. First, a policy expansion that allows removal of select personal data used in Search, including log-in credentials, that could risk identity theft. Second, for YouTube and Display users, a new option to limit ad types, including for parenting, dating and weight loss. And, third, beginning in July, developers will be responsible to show Android users what their apps are collecting.

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IT’S THE LAW (05/03/2022)

May 3, 2022

India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) just set a strict new directive applicable to data centers, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Cloud Service providers, crypto exchanges and others that serve as intermediaries. Effective from late June, organizations will be required to maintain logs containing specified customer data for minimum 5 years, report cyber incidents of concern to CERT within 6 hours, and to respond requests for data CERT-In may impose for “protective and preventive” reasons.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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