Think you’re alone when you take the car for a spin? Not anymore.

In fact, Mozilla alarmingly reports you’ve got a data-brokering spy there too. Their survey of twenty-five top car brands found cars are by far the worst offenders (more than your phone, doorbell camera, or the fridge) when it comes to your privacy. Tesla was rated worst and was followed by Nissan, which gathers information including on sexual activity – but then Kia claims to do something similar. Once collected, 84% sell the data, and 56% are prepared to provide your data to law enforcement for just a polite ask. Check the reviews.

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Children’s Privacy: Mattel’s exclusive deal with enables YouTube ad-targeting to kids

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Barbie, Hot Wheels, American Girl and other top Mattel brands can be marketed to YouTube viewers under 13 without violating COPPA protection rules, as a result of the deal in which Mattel will leverage’s child-friendly ad sales capabilities. is one of the few third-party companies that has received YouTube’s approval to sell contextually targeted, COPPA-compliant ads.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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