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ICYMI: Dec 7 - Dec 13

ICYMI: Dec 7 - Dec 13

ICYMI is posted every Monday recapping privacy news over the last week from around the web.

Brave browser-maker launches privacy-friendly news reader

Brave Software, maker of the Brave Web browser, is introducing a news reader that’s designed to protect user privacy by preventing parties—both internal and third party—from tracking the sites, articles, and story topics people view.

Brave Today, as the service is called, is using technology that the company says sets it apart from news services offered by Google and Facebook. It’s designed to deliver personalized news feeds in a way that leaves no trail for Brave, ISPs, and third parties to track. The new service is part of Brave’s strategy of differentiating its browser as more privacy-friendly than its competitors'.

Added features for the Brave users out there

Police officer abused vehicle database to track down women drivers

A police officer has been sacked after abusing a vehicle registration database to track women drivers.

The constable, formerly of Guernsey Police, was fired for gross misconduct in August after being found guilty of inappropriately contacting nine women across social media after accessing their personal data without a genuine legal reason or any form of consent.
According to local media, Woods noted the car registration details of women of interest so he could track them down on social media.

Justice should have come down much harsher on him than it did

Apple and Google to Stop X-Mode From Collecting Location Data From Users’ Phones

Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google will ban the data broker X-Mode Social Inc. from collecting any location information drawn from mobile devices running their operating systems in the wake of revelations about the company’s national-security work.

The two largest mobile-phone platforms told developers this week that they must remove X-Mode’s tracking software from any app present in their app stores or risk losing access to any phones running Apple’s or Google’s mobile operating systems.

Both Apple and Google disclosed their decision to ban X-Mode to investigators working for Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), who has been conducting an investigation into the sale of location data to government entities.

Good news but there's umpteen others out there just like X-Mode doing the same thing

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