They’re right. Android and iOS could, and should, add and roll out privacy-preserving, interoperable, TraceTogether-like functionality at the OS level (or Google Play Services level, to split fine technical hairs.) Granted, this means relying on corporate surveillance, which makes all of us feel uneasy. But at least it doesn’t mean creating a whole new surveillance infrastructure. Furthermore, Apple and Google, especially compared to cellular providers, have a strong institutional history and focus on protecting privacy and limiting the remit of their surveillance. … [Read more...] about The US government should disclose how it’s using location data to fight the coronavirus
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"You see a lot of technology companies today, and it's not just the Googles of the world, or the Facebook's of the world, and many technology companies, including Amazon and Microsoft and others that have an advertising model, however big or small it is," he said. … [Read more...] about Zoho on collecting customer data and avoiding the cookies trap
"We've only just started to look through the Commission’s arguments," Google said in a statement. "We disagree with the conclusions but we're happy to discuss any concerns they might have. Competition on the web has increased dramatically in the last two years since the Commission started looking at this and the competitive pressures Google faces are tremendous. Innovation online has never been greater." … [Read more...] about European regulators offer Google chance to settle antitrust violations
GPS just got cheap The new Fitbit Charge 4 brings built-in GPS to your wrist for just $150 The Fitbit Charge 4 is the first new product to be released since Fitbit’s announced acquisition with Google, and while it’s a fairly minor update, the Charge 3 foundation was already really solid. From built-in GPS, Activity Zone Minutes, and more, here’s what’s new! … [Read more...] about Celebrate World Backup Day by keeping your data backed up and protected
We asked Comcast today if it still plans to re-implement home-Internet data caps after 60 days and whether it's considering extending the current arrangement or waiving the caps permanently. A Comcast spokesperson confirmed to us that the current plan is for the data-cap waiver to last until May 13 but said it's too early to comment on what the company will do after that. In this article, we'll talk about why Comcast enforces a data cap, about some of the data-cap-related problems that harm customers even in normal times, and about how the ongoing pandemic shows that Comcast could make the data cap go away without ruining its Internet service. … [Read more...] about Comcast waiving data caps hasn’t hurt its network—why not make it permanent?