By Nick Halstead

DataScan: Issue #72





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July 22 · Issue #72 · View online

Curated digest on the world of data.

Ambitious new data portability project. The global implications of trading data. How Tinder protects customer location data. BA’s GDPR fail.
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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data project. The collaboration, the Data Transfer Project, endeavours to enable the “seamless, direct, user initiated portability of data between the two platforms”. This will enable the secure transfer of data, such as photos and contacts, across apps without needing to download data to a hard drive. Furthermore:
Tech companies are facing more aggressive antitrust concerns than ever before, many of them centring on data access. The biggest tech companies have few competitors. And as they face new questions about federal regulation and monopoly power, sharing data could be one of the least painful ways to rein themselves in.
➡️ Excellent Tech Tent discussion on global implications of trading data.
Facebook suspends analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over data use concerns. The social network has begun investigating whether the firm harvested user data to build surveillance tools:
The ominously named company has for years used official APIs to siphon public posts from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sources online, collating and analyzing for various purposes, such as to gauge public opinion on a political candidate or issue. It has clients around the world, serving Russia and Turkey as well as the U.S. and United Kingdom.Facebook, it seems, was not fully aware of the extent of Crimson Hexagon’s use of user data, however, including in several government contracts which it didn’t have the opportunity to evaluate before they took effect. The possibility that the company is not complying with its data use rules, specifically that they may have been helping build surveillance tools, was apparently real enough for Facebook to take action.
➡️ Danny Fortson explains how Facebook is undented by data scandals
Navigating location data’s ethical minefield. Thomas Walle, co-founder and CEO at Unacast, discusses the ethical use of customer location data:
When marketers can harmonize those insights with other consumer data before running it through ad buying platforms, the location data can be extremely powerful. But processing multiple data sets together paints a detailed picture of a consumer, and users may not be interested in that. It makes sense for anyone using location data to operate as if GDPR compliance applies in every nation, meaning consumers must give consent and be guaranteed a path to resolution when they’re dissatisfied with how their data is used.
➡️  The steps Tinder has taken to protect customer location data.
😳  Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m - the key takeaways.
🙈  British Airways GDPR fail exposes customer data on Twitter.
🇯🇵  Your guide to the EU data transfer deal with Japan. 
📊  Teach yourself computer science.
⚽  Which world cup team was the best at wasting time?
🧡  Why the colour of technology must change.
🐜  An entomologist rates ant emojis –> meet the woman who designs Google’s emoji.
😅  How to beat LinkedIn: The game. 
🗺️  How crazy is your city’s plan? Interactive data viz.
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