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German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

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Google may ditch ‘cookies’ as online ad tracker

Did you see this news from USAToday? Google is getting rid of third party cookies which to me means they are “trying” to corner the advertising and tracking model a bit by ensuring marketing gets the most out of using their platforms and possibly away from the issue of cookie…

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Read Our Lips: “You Are The Product”

I loved seeing this post the other day from Venture Beat and Meghan Kelly – Paying for privacy: Why it’s time for us to become customers again It’s a marvel to me that maybe users of online services still don’t get this. Last summer as I drove into work one morning,…

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Google Says It Can Read Users Email

That’s a bit of a salacious headline – but it cuts to the chase. Google has been responding to a class action lawsuit, filed in May, asserting that they “unlawfully opens up, reads, and acquires the content of people’s private email messages” – and that such action would violate at least…