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Location Data Selling Threatens Consumer Privacy

2018-12-11 14:00:00| TechNewsWorld

Selling location data collected by mobile phones has become a lucrative business, according to a report that noted location advertising sales are expected to reach $21 billion this year. At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from applications with the location services feature activated. Several of those outfits claim to track 200 million mobile devices in the U.S.

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Australia challenges Google, Facebook market power, calls for increased consumer choice

2018-12-10 10:44:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reports that it is concerned with the large amount and variety of data which digital platforms such as Google and Facebook collect on Australian consumers, which go beyond the data which users actively provide when using the digital platform. Research commissioned as part of the inquiry indicates consumers are concerned about the extent and range of information collected by digital platforms, the Commission added. The ACCC is in particular concerned about the length, complexity and ambiguity of online terms of service and privacy policies, including click-wrap agreements with take-it-or-leave-it terms.

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Italy fines Facebook EUR 10 mln for consumer breaches

2018-12-10 10:07:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Italian antitrust watchdog AGCM has fined Facebook a total of EUR 10 million for alleged breaches of the country's consumer code following a 6-month investigation into the social networking giant's methods of collecting and using personal data. In a statement, the regulator said the company had breached articles 21 and 22 of the Italian Consumer Code after misleading users into registering on the platform, while failing to "adequately and immediately" inform them when setting up of the account that the data they provide will be used for commercial purposes. "Facebook emphasises the free nature of the service but not the commercial objectives that underlie the provision of the social network service, thus inducing users into making a transactional decision that they would not have taken otherwise," said the watchdog.

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Newer drinks brands chip at consumer loyalty to established players - survey

2018-12-04 15:17:00| Daily beverage news and comment - from just-drinks.com

Established alcohol brands need to change their marketing mindset, recent research has warned, as newer entrants increase their appeal to consumers.

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Text Analytics APIs, a consumer guide

2018-12-03 18:30:45| Oil IT Journal - www.oilit.com

Oil IT Journal takes a spin through Robert Dale's authoritative analysis of commercial NLP programming tools.

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