What are diet program profiles really about? New study finds it’s not what you’re led to believe

Subscription weight-loss programs like popular Noom, often begin by having new members fill out extensive questionnaires about eating habits, body type, physical and mental health, and weight, implying they will customize their approach depending on your answers. Yet, a new study by Privacy International comparing Noom, BetterMe, and VShred, found that participants were provided largely the same thread of questions and same recommendations regardless of information provided. And it found the apps collecting what can be considered sensitive health data, while at the same time reserving the right in their privacy policies to share that data.

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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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Children’s Privacy: Google to give children, parents, guardians more under-age-18 controls

August 17, 2021

Google announced it will soon allow requests for removal of Google images for anyone under 18 as part of a way to give minors more control of their digital footprint. Other planned changes include: 1) a change to YouTube’s default for ages 13-17 to the most private option; 2) Google Location History will remain off without an option to turn it on for users under age 18; and 3) ad targeting will be blocked based on age, gender or interests of users under age 18.

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