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More challenges to WhatsApp privacy policy; Android increases its privacy commitment

Regulators are pushing WhatsApp to show they are not violating user rights, and Russia is challenging Google in its latest effort to limit Big Tech. At the same time, Google's Android is increasing its privacy stance - and another study shows most consumers don't want data shared without consent.

--Susan Raab, Editor

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Facebook's WhatsApp gets more regulator pushback

India, Brazil, Turkey and others oppose WhatsApp policy change

WhatsApp, which planned to mandate users agree by May 15th to a new privacy policy or lose access to service, faced new opposition this week. India asked for proof of sufficient protection for its citizens. Brazil delayed full enforcement of WhatApp's policy pending determination of compliance with their LGPD law. Turkey had conflicting reports about whether WhatsApp would apply the new update now. And, Germany earlier this month ordered Faceook to stop processing WhatsApp user data.

Google announces new Android privacy measures

Android privacy sandbox protects machine learning data

As part of a new set of privacy features, Android introduces Private Compute Core, a partition within the operating system that will protect the privacy of machine-learned data, while still allowing the data to be accessed for system-level functions. Specifically, audio and language processing will remain with each device rather than making it available to the network. 

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IT'S THE LAW                                   

Germany has passed a new Data Protection Act to unify the country’s privacy provisions from their Telecommunications Act and Telemedia Act and bring them in line with GDPR. The new law, known by its acronym TTDSG, is intended to make the legal situation in the country clearer and more consistent, though some critics feel its provisions on personalized data are too loose.

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New report on CCPA private right of action filings

A new report looks at case filings involving the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) private right of action provision, which is used when a business is deemed to have failed to implement security practices to sufficiently protect personal information from disclosure or theft. As of March, less than a year after the law began to be enforced, 83 actions had been filed, more than half of which were against the same 11 defendants. 83% of those filed were data breach claims, and 61% of cases filed unfair competition law (UCL), which is meant to protect against fraud and deceit.

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82% of people would support preventing companies and devices from sharing their data

A large majority of people don’t want their data collected or shared without consent, according to a new survey from Invisibly. Data privacy is important to them (68%), they don’t like getting targeted ads online (76%), and even more women (87%) than men (76%) would support ad changes that prevent this. 

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In Brief: 

Immuta has announced $90M in Series D funding. Dedicated to providing corporations with company-wide data access control to manage regulation compliance, Immuta plans to focus on the rising demand for centralized, scalable control across cloud data setsRead More

Text IQ for Privacy launched as an AI solution to automate and speed discovery of personal, sensitive information in structured and unstructured data sets. By using data categorization, discovery & redaction, and deduplication techniques, this addresses one of the most difficult tasks in responding to Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR). Read More

Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition software “until further notice”. This reflects the pressure companies are facing on use of this technology, which has been shown to deliver inconsistent results in accurately identifying individuals, particularly from Black and Brown communities. Read More

Russia gives Google 24 hours to delete prohibited content. The country's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said it intends to fine, and possibly slow down the company's traffic, if it doesn't comply. This is part of a larger push to rein in western Big Tech. Read More

Customer Experience Matrix review: Seers Offers Easy-to-Use Cookie Consent 
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