The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 30 (Feb. 21, 2020) — Failure to enforce the GDPR enables Google’s monopoly (blog), What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #2: Third-Party Cosmetic Filtering (blog series), new BAT fan art, Brave surprises Microsoft Edge with a cake!

Blog: “Failure to enforce the GDPR enables Google’s monopoly” by Brave’s Dr. Johnny Ryan

Brave has filed a submission with the UK Competition & Markets Authority that shows that failing to enforce the GDPR enables Google’s monopoly. Brave’s submission also shows gaps in the CMA’s interim report on “Online platforms and digital advertising”.

A functional “real-time bidding” (RTB) market requires two dimensions of data protection enforcement: internal and external.

Google’s monopoly is based on its “internal” data free-for-all. Enforcement of the GDPR would neutralize Google’s unfair data advantage, and give consumers power tantamount to “functional separation” of Google’s businesses.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/competition-internal-external/

What’s Brave Done For My Privacy Lately? Episode #2: Third-Party Cosmetic Filtering

This is the second in what will be an ongoing, regular series of blog posts, describing new privacy-related features in Brave. This post describes work done by Research Engineer Anton Lazarev, Performance Researcher Andrius Aucinas, Senior Privacy Researcher Peter Snyder, and Senior Software Engineer Pete Miller.

Brave is releasing a new system for hiding unwanted, privacy harming page elements.  These include empty page space caused by blocking trackers, and third-party ads that cannot be blocked at the network layer. Brave’s system uniquely attempts to hide tracking third-party ads, while supporting sites that use privacy-preserving first-party ads. You can help test this system by downloading and using Brave Nightly.  If everything looks good from testing, third-party cosmetic filtering will be in Brave’s stable release soon.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/whats-brave-done-for-my-privacy-lately-episode2/

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 29 (Feb. 14, 2020) — Sponsored Images now available on all Brave platforms (users who opt into Brave Rewards earn 70% of the ad revenue!), Brave now comes pre-installed on the HTC Exodus, free BAT wallpaper + more fan art

Announcement: Sponsored Images now available on all Brave platforms, rewarding users who opt into Brave Rewards with 70 percent of the ad revenue!

Brave users will notice that their new tab page features a Sponsored Image, which is shown in every fourth new tab and alternates with Brave’s regular background images for new tabs. Sponsored Images reward Brave users with 70% of the ad revenue when they opt into Brave Rewards. Sponsored Images give select advertisers the ability to place a branded image and logo in the tab page, reaching the full 100% of Brave’s audience of over 11 million monthly active users. We’re thrilled to announce that our launch partner BlockFi is the advertiser for this current campaign, which will run for ten days.

BlockFi is a financial services company focused on products and services designed specifically for cryptocurrencies, such as an interest account allowing users to earn compound interest on their bitcoin and other crypto assets. The BlockFi campaign will be seen by Brave users in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/sponsored-images-now-available-on-all-brave-platforms/

HTC Exodus official Twitter: “Ad-blocking web browser, @brave is recommended and pre-installed in #HTCExodus. It’s known for offering BAT Token (Basic Attention Token, a share of ad revenue) if users opt-in to seeing ads.”

We are beyond thrilled that Brave now comes pre-installed on the HTC Exodus! 

Read the tweet here.

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The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 28 (Feb. 7, 2020) — Brave uncovers widespread surveillance of UK citizens by private companies embedded on UK council websites (blog), OK Google, don’t delay real browser privacy until 2022 (blog), AMA w/ Access79 (advertiser in Brave Ads)

Blog: Brave uncovers widespread surveillance of UK citizens by private companies embedded on UK council websites

A new report from Brave reveals that people seeking help for addiction, disability, and poverty on council websites are profiled by private companies in the UK.

Brave has uncovered widespread surveillance of UK citizens by private companies embedded on UK council websites. “Surveillance on UK council websites”, a new report from Brave, reveals the extent of private companies’ surveillance of UK citizens when they seek help for addiction, disability, and poverty from their local government authorities.

None of the data collecting companies recorded in this study had received consent from the website visitor to lawfully process data.

Read the full post here: https://brave.com/ukcouncilsreport/

Blog: OK Google, don’t delay real browser privacy until 2022

Google recently announced that their Chrome Web browser will — with luck, and if a bunch of other conditions come to pass — probably start blocking third-party cookies. And they’re optimistic that, with all of Google’s engineering expertise behind the project, they should be able achieve this goal within the next two years.

Privacy-focused Web browsers like Brave and Safari have been blocking third-party cookies for years. It’s not much of a technical challenge. And blocking third-party cookies barely scratches the surface of what’s needed to protect against web tracking. Here at Brave, we’d like to congratulate the Chrome team at Google being willing to consider the possibility of deploying a basic browser privacy protection some time in the next two years.

Read the full text here: https://brave.com/ok-google/

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Recap: Livestream AMA with Priyanka Murthy (CEO) & Geena Dhaliwal (CMO), Co-founders of Access79 — How Access79 is changing the way people shop for fine jewelry (+ advertiser testimonial)

Last week, Jennie and Luke from the BAT Team sat down with Priyanka Murthy, Esq., Co-Founder and CEO & Geena Dhaliwal, Co-Founder and CMO of Access79 to discuss how Access79 is changing the way people shop for fine jewelry. 

Access79 is a new try-before-you-buy luxury jewelry service that is bridging the gap between shopping in-store and shopping online. The company’s mission is to bring more transparency and technological innovation to an industry that can seem archaic and fragmented. To that end, Access79 incorporates data science, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology into its business model. Specifically, partnering with projects like Brave/BAT, which leverage blockchain and online community growth, has allowed Access79 to advance toward its own goals to modernize the jewelry industry. The brand joined Brave Ads and began advertising on the platform in September of 2019. 

Beyond Brave Ads, Access79 also launched a product partnership with Brave/BAT in December 2019. The collaboration gave birth to the demi-fine Limited Edition BAT Signet Ring and the Limited Edition BAT Dog Tag necklace. The pieces each boast a polished, minimalistic design that features an embossed BAT logo outlined by hand in black rhodium. Crafted with recycled sterling silver and available in either white or yellow gold finishes, the BAT Signet Ring and BAT Dog Tag are unisex, comfortable, and available for preorder on Access79.com now. 

BAT Signet Ring and BAT Dog Tag Necklace

During the livestream, Priyanka and Geena fielded both pre-submitted questions, as well as questions that came in from audience members through the live chat on YouTube. The pair spoke in-depth about what sets Access79 apart from other fine jewelry providers, shared the insights they’ve gained from advertising to a more tech-based audience through Brave, and revealed what it was like to be one of the first luxury jewelry brands to join the platform. 

In addition, Priyanka showcased some of Access79’s offerings on camera while she and Geena offered their expert advice on gift-giving to shoppers who aren’t sure where to start… just in time for Valentine’s Day! ❤️

Photos of the jewelry showed during the livestream, as well as product details, are below. 

Eos II Stud Earrings with Australian Opal and Sapphire set in 14k Yellow Gold ($798)
Mini Sapphire Halo Stud Earrings with Diamonds set in 14k White Gold ($825)
Butterfly Stud Earrings with Diamonds set in 14k Rose Gold ($530)
Boomerang Diamond Stud Earrings set in 14k Yellow Gold ($295)
Double D Diamond Stud Earrings set in 14k White Gold ($325.00)

To show their appreciation for the BAT & Brave community, Access79 put together a limited-time offer exclusively for Brave users which was unveiled during the livestream:

Brave users can get 30% off their entire purchase at Access79.com when you sign up for their service and place a $149 deposit (credited toward any purchase later) by using the discount code BRAVE30 at checkout. In addition, each new sign-up will be automatically entered into a draw to win a $500 gift credit toward any piece of jewelry from Access79. Take the Style Quiz on Access79’s website and follow the steps to sign up and get started! 

In addition, users who join Access79’s mailing list will be entered into a draw to win a limited-edition BAT Ring or BAT Dog Tag necklace by Brave x Access79! To enter, take the Style Quiz on Access79.com and follow the steps to join the mailing list.

Offers valid until the 10th of February, 2020.