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In Brief: EU Data Protection Supervisor advocates strict targeted ad ban

Stakes are raised as the EU’s Data Protection watchdog pushed legislators to ban online targeted advertising and to restrict categories of data that can be processed. This is far broader than what the European Commission proposed in December.  It’s part of a crackdown on tech giants like Google and Facebook.

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What happens to sensitive personal data we give to health, diet and fitness apps? Facebook happily collects much of it despite your best efforts

February 23, 2021

Testing conducted by the Wall Street Journal showed that Facebook's software collects data from many apps, regardless of whether a Facebook account is used to log in - or even whether the user is a Facebook member. That's because Apple and Google app stores don't require apps to disclose who they share data with, and research showed that in some cases there was almost immediate transfer of information to Facebook. New York State's Department of Financial Services has issued a detailed report and is investigating Facebook as the result of a call to action by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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