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Privacy International (PI) has filed complaints of "systematic infringements" of data protection law by seven info-sucking companies that it says find it too easy to fly under the radar.

In the civil rights group's sight are data brokers Acxiom and Oracle, ad-tech firms Critero, Quantcast and Tapad, and credit referencing agencies Equifax and Experian.

PI said it wants European data protection watchdogs to launch probes into the seven companies, which it claimed exploit the data of millions of people without thorough criticism, to assess whether their practices meet the standards set in the General Data Protection Regulation.

Source: The Register

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In 2015, Microsoft’s Bing search engine achieved something it had never had before: relevancy. By notching a 20-percent share of U.S. search, according to comScore, it managed to impact Google, the brand that was literally synonymous with search. 

In 2018, it seems like Bing’s willing to hand some of that success right back. Why? Because, as a habitual Bing user, I’ve noticed a deterioration in quality.

Source: PCWorld

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Six North Koreans were executed by firing squad after trying to smuggle out the nation's phonebook, it has emerged. 

The residents from the capital Pyongyang were executed at the end of last year on the charge of treason for attempting to leak the contents of a directory to the outside world.

Their relatives were booted out of the city and exiled in the countryside. North Korea's phonebook is considered a secret document.

Source: Daily Mail

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Google today announced a new version of Google Maps that will launch later this summer. All of the core Google Maps features for getting directions aren’t going away, of course, but on top of that, the team has now built a new set of features that are all about exploration.

Source TechCrunch

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Turkey’s Data Protection Authority (“Authority”) has updated the Implementation Guideline for the Data Protection Law (“Guideline”). The Guideline now outlines the criteria for assessing “legitimate interest”, which is an exception enabling personal data to be processed without explicit consent. The Authority also announced that applications and social media platforms providing phonebook services without obtaining explicit consent violate the Law on Protection of Personal Data number 6698.

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The Authority also announced that applications and social media platforms which provide phonebook services without obtaining explicit consent violate the Law on Protection of Personal Data number 6698. The Authority announced that it had launched an investigation into these activities. The Data Protection Board has previously ruled that websites and applications which offer phone directory services must immediately cease their activities (Ruling 2017/61; more).

Source:Lexology

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