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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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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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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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