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Increased privacy restrictions and consumer consent declines are big concern for brands

According to a new survey conducted by Forrester for Permutive, 73% of brand marketers are worried about the new and more restrictive privacy laws. They are also very concerned about the increased use of ad blockers and exercising consent options. Executives cite data depreciation and reduced data availability as major concerns. Meanwhile, 50% of publishers see privacy as an opportunity to work more closely with advertisers and nearly all have implemented (20%), established (28%) or are discussing (47%) a 1st party data monetization strategy.

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Big Tech is lobbying for privacy laws…that benefit them

April 20, 2021

Corporate lobbyists and special interest groups have been working hard at the state level to push through privacy legislation that will specifically offer weak alternatives to California's strict privacy law, according a review done by The Markup. While bills such as the recently passed one in Virginia, look on the surface like laws to benefit the consumer, they are designed to make opting out and requesting data much harder or more opaque, in the hope that the bulk of personal data will continue to be available to corporations. The chart shows that far more proposed state laws are the same or weaker than Virginia's. A long term industry goal is to set a weak national bill that business can have work in their favor.

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IT’S THE LAW (04/20/2021)

April 20, 2021

Australia’s federal court ruling against Google location setting may set a precedent for court cases and laws worldwide. Google denies wrongdoing, but Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims Google misled consumers into believing their personal location on Android could be turned off at setup via Location History. In fact, a setting for “Web & App Activity” accesses location by default and customers were not informed. The ACCC seeks a series of penalties and  compliance orders as part of settlement.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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