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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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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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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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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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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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