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Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use

“The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode. According to the complaint filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, Google gathers data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, including smartphone apps, regardless of whether users click on Google-supported ads. This helps Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online, the complaint said. ”

Source : Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use – Reuters

Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing

“Germany changed course on Sunday over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a growing number of other European countries.”

Source : Germany flips to Apple-Google approach on smartphone contact tracing – Reuters

Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing – Apple and Google

Apple-Google Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing

“All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments, and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID‑19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.”

Source : Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing – Apple and Google

COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Community Mobility Reports

“ As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19. These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. ”

Source : COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

Location data gathered by Facebook, Google, other tech companies could be used to battle coronavirus spread

“We’re exploring ways that aggregated anonymized location information could help in the fight against COVID-19. One example could be helping health authorities determine the impact of social distancing, similar to the way we show popular restaurant times and traffic patterns in Google Maps”

Source : Location data gathered by Facebook, Google, other tech companies could be used to battle coronavirus spread – The Washington Post

Google AI will no longer use gender labels like ‘woman’ or ‘man’ on images of people to avoid bias

Google Vision API

“Google notes in its own AI principles that algorithms and datasets can reinforce bias: ‘We will seek to avoid unjust impacts on people, particularly those related to sensitive characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, income, sexual orientation, ability, and political or religious belief.’ Google invited affected developers to comment on its discussion forums. Only one developer had commented at the time of writing, and complained the change was down to ‘political correctness.’ ‘I don’t think political correctness has room in APIs,’ the person wrote. ‘If I can 99% of the times identify if someone is a man or woman, then so can the algorithm. You don’t want to do it? Companies will go to other services.’”

Source : Google AI will no longer use gender labels like ‘woman’ or ‘man’ on images of people to avoid bias

Google Photos video backups sent to strangers last year

Image

“Google this evening began alerting Takeout users about the “technical issue.” From November 21-25, 2019, those that requested backups could have had videos in Google Photos “incorrectly exported to unrelated users’ archives.” In requesting a backup, some of your videos — but not pictures — might be visible to random users that were also downloading their data through Google Takeout.”

Source : Google Photos video backups sent to strangers last year – 9to5Google

A letter from Larry and Sergey

“Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost. While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it’s time to assume the role of proud parents—offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!”

Source : A letter from Larry and Sergey

webxray, Homebrew and Google Analytics

Webxray

“By default, Homebrew sends information to Google Analytics, you can disable that with the following command using the terminal (which you should have open after installing Homebrew): brew analytics off”

Source : webxray

La surveillance intrusive exercée par Facebook et Google : un danger sans précédent pour les droits humains

Google Amnesty Surveillance

“Nous avons déjà constaté que la vaste architecture publicitaire de Google et Facebook est une arme puissante entre de mauvaises mains. Elle peut être détournée à des fins politiques, au risque de conséquences désastreuses pour la société, et laisse le champ libre à toutes sortes de nouvelles stratégies publicitaires aux relents d’exploitation, comme le fait de s’en prendre à des personnes vulnérables qui luttent contre la maladie, les troubles mentaux ou l’addiction. Parce que ces publicités sont faites sur mesure pour des individus, elles échappent à l’examen public”

Source : La surveillance intrusive exercée par Facebook et Google : un danger sans précédent pour les droits humains | Amnesty International

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