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In Brief: Apple’s new app transparency a hit, according to survey

An Axway survey of more than 1,000 Americans across a broad demographic range showed significant support for the approach Apple was taking to data sharing. Seventy-six percent said mobile apps should tell you when and how you are being tracked, 53% worry about tracking of browser history, 51% about location tracking and 38% about advertiser use of ad tracking.

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Google Play to add “safety” sections for mobile apps

May 11, 2021

Google has indicated it will introduce a “safety” section to its Google Play marketplace. Beginning next year, app developers will be required to share information on the data they collect, and how it’s stored and used. Google’s plans differ from Apple in that the focus is on whether the data is being handled responsibly, not gathering consent to what is collected and tracked. Google will also allow independent verification of the app data labels, which may add to user trust.

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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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