In response to criticism over its current data collection practices, Google is introducing default deletion of location history in its web and application activities for new accounts.
Source: SoftwareReviews' Gmail Secure Product Scorecard. Accessed June 26, 2020.
Google is moving in the right direction in its efforts to address historical concerns of expansive and unclear data collection and sharing practices, but it still has a long way to go. Though the problem persists around users of online applications and services not taking time to review or update their configuration settings, Google has decided to apply this change only to new accounts. While the effort is there, it is likely that a large group of online users will remain unaffected, as they still need to make the active decision and take subsequent steps to address their settings.
Simple implementation changes that warn users at service or application deployment that their default settings need review would show a true commitment to ensuring that consumers are made aware of and understand their options. More transparency and oversight are still needed to shift the default for businesses to reduced sharing of consumer data, specifically when it comes to profiting off of personally identifiable activity.
The recent Schrems II invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield has added a layer of difficulty for organizations that operate across borders, as they now require additional contractual clauses and measures in place to ensure data can transfer freely. Privacy program management vendor Proteus-Cyber offers a streamlined solution with the release of its Transfer Impact Assessment tool.
TrustArc is partnering with BigID to add protection of sensitive data to its roster of data privacy and compliance capabilities. The move closely follows a partnership announced by two other major players in the data privacy and governance space, OneTrust and Integris.
An acquisition borne out of its users’ primary needs, OneTrust’s recent integration with data discovery giant Integris optimally positions the privacy program management software vendor against competitors in the market.
Data intelligence software vendor Alation has made the move to emphasize data governance amongst its solution offerings to make the data catalog a dynamic platform for “a broad range of data intelligence solutions.”
The industry’s first self-service privacy software solution Ethyca receives its second round of investor funding, aptly timed with the release of Ethyca Pro. The privacy management solution provides full automation capabilities for data mapping, data subject requests (DSRs), and consent management for various international privacy regulations.
To further capabilities in the data privacy space, top-tier vendor OneTrust has acquired Integris, another leading vendor within the data discovery and classification sphere. This is a two-part note that focuses on the acquisition and anticipated synergies between the two companies.
AI-powered privacy is here to stay, driven by the innovative team at SECURITI.ai. The company injects automation through AI with its PrivacyOps solution, PRIVACI, taking the effort out of mapping out personal data within its various repositories.
The privacy management software space is rapidly becoming crowded with vendors all looking to add value. 2B Advice has released the most recent version (7.0) of its software, emphasizing the support tools needed to build a privacy-aware culture.
Proteus-Cyber, a leading vendor within the privacy program management space, has added two standout features to its current privacy software offering. The Threat Intelligence feature tracks and links directly to CVEs discovered daily and can be integrated within the IT asset register of current Proteus-Cyber NextGen Data Privacy users.