ICO calls on Google and other companies to eliminate existing privacy risks posed by adtech industry

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out clear data protection standards that companies must meet to safeguard people’s privacy online when developing new advertising technologies (adtech). The privacy standards published in a Commissioner’s Opinion come as a warning to companies that are designing new methods of online advertising, that they must comply with data protection law and stop the excessive collection and use of people’s data. Currently, one of the most significant proposals in the online advertising space is the Google Privacy Sandbox, which aims to replace the use…

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RNIB, the Guardian and Google unite to launch accessible storytelling website

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day (20 May), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Guardian and Google launched Auditorial, an experiment in storytelling that can adapt to suit blind and low vision readers.  Over 300 million people have a vision impairment, but 97 percent of website home pages do not meet standard accessibility requirements. The project is intended to pose questions about how the web might become a more flexible, inclusive place for people with disabilities, by enabling users to tailor websites to suit their personal sensory needs…

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Goodwill® Launches Rising Together™ Coalition with Anthem Foundation, Coursera, Google, Indeed and Lyft to Empower One Million People to Access Sustainable Careers by 2025

Goodwill, the leading workforce provider in North America, has announced a new, first-of-its-kind coalition called Rising Together™, which will work to create an equitable economic recovery and provide job seekers with the skills and supports needed to access sustainable jobs. Joining Goodwill with a goal of empowering one million people to access sustainable careers by 2025 are Fortune 50 companies and global philanthropic and business leaders, including the Anthem Foundation, Coursera, Google, Indeed and Lyft. Together, Goodwill and its partners are providing resources to address the widening skills gap and…

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Misleading customer service ads on Google are costing consumers, Which? reveals

Consumers are being misled into using claims firms or dialling premium-rate numbers when trying to make an insurance claim, because ‘click to dial’ ads are appearing above insurers’ websites on Google, a Which? investigation has found.  Which? analysed search results for the terms people most commonly use when searching for their car insurer’s phone number on Google, the default search engine on Android phones and Apple iPhones. The consumer champion found claims management companies (CMCs) and premium-rate call connecting services competing for their adverts to appear above the insurer’s own website. …

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EV manufacturers and tech companies pledge to exclude ocean minerals from their supply chains

BMW, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and joined by Samsung SDI, Google and Volvo Group, announced that it is committing to not use minerals mined from the ocean in their electric vehicle batteries. This announcement—which will make waves in the electric vehicle (EV) market—makes clear the rapid growth in EVs needed for tackling climate change does not need to be responsible for severe and irreversible damage to ocean biodiversity, fisheries and carbon stores.  By committing to excluding ocean minerals from their supply chains, these companies offer a…

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