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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.

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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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In today’s world, it’s hard to keep track of what information you may or may not be giving out. Even harder to track is information that you may not have given out explicitly but has somehow been accessed by some company you’ve never heard of, or used its services.

Enter Truecaller, the world’s largest phonebook service. You download an app and you get instant caller ID features (particularly useful for numbers you don’t have on your phone). You can block spam calls, search for contact details and see who is calling you before you pick up. Awesome.

But do you know what is powering these processes? Do you know how Truecaller is able to give you this information? Do you know exactly what data you are giving to Truecaller and how that data is being used? Have you ever wondered how your name and number shows up on your friends Truecaller app when you have never even heard of, or used, the service? Let’s break it down. 

Source: Techcabal

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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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Since 1975, I've seen a lot of tech ideas come and go, and a lot of broken promises from blowhards who fancied themselves visionaries.

One such broken promise is a workable online directory of residential phone numbers; the internet version of 411 or the white pages.

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