The Weekly BAT + Podcast ep. 25 (Jan. 17, 2020) — Announcing Sponsored Images in Brave, The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK (blog), Yan Zhu (Brave’s CISO) to join panel on browser privacy at Enigma 2020!

Announcement: Introducing Sponsored Images in Brave

Today we’d like to introduce “Sponsored Images”, the latest addition to Brave’s private advertising platform.

These branded images will appear in the form of large, beautiful background images within our new tab page. Sponsored Images will bring additional revenue to support Brave’s mission, and give users a new reason to turn on Brave Rewards so they can get compensated for their attention. These images will begin to appear across our mobile and desktop browsers over the next few months.

As always with Brave, Sponsored Images are private.

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Blog: The ICO’s failure to act on RTB, the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK

The UK Information Commissioner has today announced that it will be taking no substantive action to end the largest data breach ever recorded in the UK. The “Real-Time Bidding” data breach at the heart of RTB market exposes every person in the UK to mass profiling, and the attendant risks of manipulation and discrimination. Regulatory ambivalence cannot continue. The longer this data breach festers, the deeper the rot sets in and the further our data gets exploited. This must end. We are considering all options to put an end to the systemic breach, including direct challenges to the controllers and judicial oversight of the ICO.

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Featured Creators

Blake Grigsby on YouTube

Blake Grigsby (born August 26, 1993), is an American actor, comedian, and improviser known for his comedy and parody videos on his popular Youtube channel BlakeGrigsby2. His self titled Youtube channel has over 732,000 subscribers and over 138,991,572 views as of January 2020.

The content of his videos on YouTube are improv-based social experiments that are typically light-hearted in nature.

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Nukazooka on YouTube

Andrew McMurry better known as Nukazooka, is a Youtuber known for his action, gaming, humor and Lego videos. His YouTube channel which he collaborates with Seth McMurry has over 2,000,000 subscribers and over 624,912,305 views. The name Nukazooka came from the combination of a soft drink in the video game Fallout and the word Bazooka.

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News You Should Know

Study: Tinder, Grindr And Other Apps Share Sensitive Personal Data With Advertisers

A group of civil rights and consumer groups is urging federal and state regulators to examine a number of mobile apps, including popular dating apps Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid for allegedly sharing personal information with advertising companies.

The push by the privacy rights coalition follows a report published on Tuesday by the Norwegian Consumer Council that found 10 apps collect sensitive information including a user’s exact location, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs, drug use and other information and then transmit the personal data to at least 135 different third-party companies

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50+ orgs ask Google to take a stance against Android bloatware

In an open letter published yesterday, more than 50 organizations have asked Google to take action against Android smartphone vendors who ship devices with unremovable pre-installed apps, also known as bloatware.

The letter, signed by 53 organizations, was addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Signees say Android bloatware has a detrimental effect on user privacy. They say many bloatware apps cannot be deleted and leave users exposed to having their data collected by unscrupulous phone vendors and app makers without their knowledge or consent.

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