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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.

Source: pcmag

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192.com, one of the UK’s leading online directories today announced it has partnered with Booxscale, the digital marketplace aggregation platform. The partnership enables 192.com users to book a Skip, Van, Taxi or Mechanic, or even hire a handyman at the click of a button, without the need to leave the site.

Source: BCW

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The tracking of people’s location is becoming an increasingly useful tool for many businesses, whether they want to use it to connect customers with their special offers, monitor footfall, or provide other location-based services.

However, a snag is coming in the shape of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which introduces much tougher rules around the collection and use of personal data. And location data can most certainly qualify as personal data, anytime it relates to an identifiable individual.

It’s not that European regulators haven’t cracked down on location-based data protection abuses before. In 2015, France’s CNIL censured the billboard giant JCDecaux for installing Wi-Fi boxes on their signs that captured the unique MAC addresses that identified passing smartphones – the firm wasn’t properly anonymizing the data, and it wasn’t getting people’s informed consent, either.

The Swedish “visitor flow” tracking outfit Bumbee Labs got into similar hot water with that country’s privacy watchdog around the same time, leading it to stop collecting MAC addresses.

But the GDPR is something else, partly because of the way in which it will harmonize law across EU countries, and partly because of the new obligations it will bring – starting with data protection impact assessments.

Source: The Next Web

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Facebook said on Wednesday the number of users whose information was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica is 87 million — higher than previously reported estimates of 50 million — and said "most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped."

Facebook also said it's ending a feature that lets users search for a profile using a phone number or personal email, and suggested that bad actors have abused the ability and taken information from personal profiles as a result.

Source: CNBC/Tech

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A draft of a legal document in Brussels reportedly shows a law that would regulate the operations of search engines in order to protect citizens and businesses from the whims of Google and others of its ilk. Specifically, the law would go after commerce practices seen as “harmful”, and would require search engine providers to be more transparent about how their algorithms and processes work, helping businesses and online presences to make more informed decisions about how to boost their search rankings and how to react to their rankings changing.

Sporce: Android Headlines

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