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December 02 2017

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Google Analytics: Ist die elektronische ADV-Zustimmung erlaubt?

Der Zusatz zur Datenverarbeitung bei Google soll es möglich machen: Den Vertrag zur Auftragsdatenverarbeitung (ADV) für die Nutzung von Google Analytics elektronisch zustimmen. Was sollten Websitebetreiber dabei datenschutzrechtlich beachten?

November 22 2017

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Google stellt Referrer API für den Play Store bereit

Entwickler erhalten künftig auch direkt von Google Zugriff auf präzise Informationen zu den Installationsdaten ihrer Apps und wie Kunden zu den Dateien gefunden haben.

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Google Collects Android Users' Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled

Google has been collecting Android phones' locations even when location services are turned off, and even when there is no carrier SIM card installed on the device, an investigation has found. Keith Collins, reporting for Quartz:

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers -- even when location services are disabled -- and sending that data back to Google. The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals' locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy. Quartz observed the data collection occur and contacted Google, which confirmed the practice. The cell tower addresses have been included in information sent to the system Google uses to manage push notifications and messages on Android phones for the past 11 months, according to a Google spokesperson. They were never used or stored, the spokesperson said, and the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz. By the end of November, the company said, Android phones will no longer send cell-tower location data to Google, at least as part of this particular service, which consumers cannot disable.

November 16 2017

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The Brutal Fight To Mine Your Data and Sell It To Your Boss

An anonymous reader shares a report from Bloomberg, explaining how Silicon Valley makes billions of dollars peddling personal information, supported by an ecosystem of bit players. Editor Drake Bennett highlights the battle between an upstart called HiQ and LinkedIn, who are fighting for your lucrative professional identity. Here's an excerpt from the report:

A small number of the world's most valuable companies collect, control, parse, and sell billions of dollars' worth of personal information voluntarily surrendered by their users. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft -- which bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in 2016 -- have in turn spawned dependent economies consisting of advertising and marketing companies, designers, consultants, and app developers. Some operate on the tech giants' platforms; some customize special digital tools; some help people attract more friends and likes and followers. Some, including HiQ, feed off the torrents of information that social networks produce, using software bots to scrape data from profiles. The services of the smaller companies can augment the offerings of the bigger ones, but the power dynamic is deeply asymmetrical, reminiscent of pilot fish picking food from between the teeth of sharks. The terms of that relationship are set by technology, economics, and the vagaries of consumer choice, but also by the law. LinkedIn's May 23 letter to HiQ wasn't the first time the company had taken legal action to prevent the perceived hijacking of its data, and Facebook and Craigslist, among others, have brought similar actions. But even more than its predecessors, this case, because of who's involved and how it's unfolded, has spoken to the thorniest issues surrounding speech and competition on the internet.

November 14 2017

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Google Subpoenaed Over Data Privacy, Antitrust in Missouri

Google is facing a new front in its regulatory battles after Missouri's attorney general on Monday launched a broad investigation into whether the company's business practices violate the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws. From a report:

Attorney General Josh Hawley's office said on Monday that it issued a subpoena to investigate if Google's use of information that it collects about consumers is appropriate and if the company stifles competing websites in search results. Google has largely steered clear of antitrust problems in the U.S. That's not the case in Europe, where the company faces a fine of about $2.7 billion over the display of its shopping ads.

November 06 2017

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Are You OK With Google Reading Your Data?

Remember when Google randomly flagged files in Google Docs for violating its terms of service? An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:

Many people worried that Google was scanning users' documents in real time to determine if they're being mean or somehow bad. You actually agree to such oversight in Google G Suite's terms of service. Those terms include personal conduct stipulations and copyright protection, as well as adhering to "program policies"... Even though this is spelled out in the terms of service, it's uncomfortably Big Brother-ish, and raises anew questions about how confidential and secure corporate information really is in the cloud.

So, do SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS providers make it their business to go through your data? If you read their privacy policies (as I have), the good news is that most don't seem to. But have you actually read through them to know who, like Google, does have the right to scan and act on your data? Most enterprises do a good legal review for enterprise-level agreements, but much of the use of cloud services is by individuals or departments who don't get such IT or legal review. Enterprises need to be proactive about reading the terms of service for cloud services used in their company, including those set up directly by individuals and departments. It's still your data, after all, and you should know how it is being used and could be used...
The article argues that "Chances are you or your employees have signed similar terms in the many agreements that people accept without reading."

October 12 2017

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Safaris Tracking-Schutz: Google passt Reklamesystem an

Apples Versuche, die Nutzerüberwachung durch Werbecookies zu erschweren, wird von Google mit einem neuen Verfahren für AdWords und Analytics gekontert.

September 15 2017

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Google bietet Cloud-Dienste aus deutschem Rechenzentrum an

Bei deutschen Unternehmen stoßen Cloud-Dienste aus dem Netz noch immer auf Skepsis – auch wegen rechtlicher Bedenken. Nach Amazon und Microsoft bietet nun auch Google Cloud-Dienste aus Deutschland an.

August 31 2017

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Auswertung des Verhaltens: Googles Firebase für Android und iOS

Google gibt App-Entwicklern mit den Analytics for Firebase ein umfangreiches Werkzeug zum Sammeln und Auswerten von Nutzerdaten an die Hand. Ein Artikel der aktuellen iX gibt Tipps für den praktischen Einsatz und die rechtlichen Voraussetzungen.

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