IT’S THE LAW (08/17/2021)

New York City adds broad biometric privacy controls for retail, restaurants, entertainment venues, similar to Illinois’s BIPA biometric law, to New York City’s Admin. Code §§ 22-1201. Businesses are required to post clear and visible signage near all customer entrances and provide detail on their practices with regard to biometric data collection and use of the information. This includes, but is not limited to facial, retinal, iris and fingerprint scans, and hand scans.

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Google bans location data collector SafeGraph; also launches the Privacy Sandbox Timeline

August 17, 2021

SafeGraph, which was partially funded by the former head of Saudi intelligence, has been banned by Google for selling location data of Android users. Apps working with SafeGraph now have to remove the location gathering code. Google also followed its own news about plans to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome by launching The Privacy Sandbox Timeline, a website that will provide updates on monthly changes.

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Big Tech Suffers Big Drop in Customer Data Trust: Jebbit Survey

August 8, 2022

Greater public attention to privacy has reduced trust in all tech providers, including those like Apple and Google that have positioned themselves as privacy-friendly.  Apple’s rank in Jebbit’s annual Consumer Data Trust Index fell from 17 to 43, while Google fell from number 4 to 89.  Amazon fell just slightly, from first to fourth place, while Facebook actually improved a bit from 97 to 88.

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