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:

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:

Fan Art: “Space BAT” — a free mobile wallpaper by Crazy_Unicorn_Music on Reddit! 

You can download the wallpaper in high res below (don’t forget to thank Crazy_Unicorn_Music in the comments if you do!)

Community: Upcoming BAT meetups in Indonesia (+ where to RSVP)

Brave x BAT Mini Meetup — Friday, February 28th, 2020 (location TBD)
At the mini meetup, the BAT/Brave Indonesia team will cover the latest announcements and news from Brave and Basic Attention Token (BAT). The meetup will have a more laid-back flow than BAT Indonesia’s traditional BAT Cafe. Open to the public. 

RSVP here: 

BAT x Content Creator Workshop — Saturday, February 29th, 2020 (Ambon, Maluku)
Geared toward digital content creators, the BAT x Content Creator Workshop takes a deep dive into the Brave Rewards Creator program—its features, benefits, and how to sign up! 

RSVP here:

BAT Cafe 26.0 — Saturday, February 29th, 2020 (Ambon, Maluku) 
BAT Indonesia’s BAT Cafe is a recurring monthly meetup for new and existing users of Brave and Basic Attention Token. During the session the BAT Indonesia team will do an introductory presentation for newcomers, cover the latest announcements & news from the project, and end with a Q&A period.  

RSVP here: 

Brave sends congrats to Microsoft Edge in the form of a yummy cake! 

Creators: The Asahi Shimbun, one of the largest news agencies in Japan, becomes Brave verified. Alexa rank #1,186

The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞, ‘morning sun newspaper’) is one of the five national newspapers in Japan. Its circulation, which was 7.96 million for its morning edition and 3.1 million for its evening edition as of June 2010, was second behind that of Yomiuri Shimbun.

Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia)

YouTube star, Keemstar! 📹🌟 

Keemstar is the creator of #DramaAlert, an online news & entertainment source that has been dubbed the “TMZ of YouTube” by fans. Since its launch in 2014, #DramaAlert has gained over 5M subscribers!

Read about Keemstar on Everipedia:   

Subscribe to #DramaAlert on YouTube here: 

Spinnin’ Records

Founded in 1999 Spinnin’ Records, is now the world’s leading electronic dance music label and community.

Channel description: The Spinnin’ Records YouTube channel is the home for all music videos of the world’s leading dance record label!

We feature the latest music videos by Spinnin’ artists like Oliver Heldens, Sam Feldt, KSHMR, Ummet Ozcan, Blasterjaxx, Merk & Kremont, Timmy Trumpet, Tujamo, Alok, Curbi, Mike Williams, Lucas & Steve, Throttle and many, many more! Expect daily uploads of official music videos, lyric videos and official audio across genres like dance, house, electro house, future house, deep house, big room and trap. 

Read Spinnin’s Everipedia entry:’_Premium 

Official website: 

Spinnin’ Records on YouTube:

Client Updates

Dev Channel v1.6.47

Beta Channel v1.5.97

Brave Team Tweets

Brave fights first and third-party ad collusion.
All aboard the tipping train! 🙂
Sampson clearing up a common misconception—clicking ads is not necessary to earn!
Someone seeing your keystrokes is important to some businesses.
Customer data = liability. Brave doesn’t need that.
Sampson feeling some Twitter love! <3
If you like seeing new features, check out nightly… included is estimated bandwidth savings!
Brave doesn’t receive user data. 
Save the kitties!
Keep donating that BAT!

News You Should Know

Ring to tighten privacy amid concerns it shares customer data with Facebook and Google

Ring, the Amazon-owned maker of smart-home doorbells and web-enabled security cameras, is changing its privacy settings two weeks after a study showed the company shares customers’ personal information with Facebook, Google and other parties without users’ consent.

The change will let Ring users block the company from sharing most, but not all, of their data. A company spokesperson said people will be able to opt out of those sharing agreements “where applicable.” The spokesperson declined to clarify what “where applicable” might mean. 

Read the full text here:

Why Amazon knows so much about you

You might call me an Amazon super-user. I’ve been a customer since 1999, and rely on it for everything from grass seed to birthday gifts. There are Echo speakers dotted throughout my home, Ring cameras inside and out, a Fire TV set-top box in the living room and an ageing Kindle e-reader by my bedside. I submitted a data subject access request, asking Amazon to disclose everything it knows about me.

Scanning through the hundreds of files I received in response, the level of detail is, in some cases, mind-bending. One database contains transcriptions of all 31,082 interactions my family has had with the virtual assistant Alexa. Audio clips of the recordings are also provided. The 48 requests to play Let It Go, flag my daughter’s infatuation with Disney’s Frozen. Other late-night music requests to the bedroom Echo, might provide a clue to a more adult activity.

Read the full text here:

Leaked Document Shows How Big Companies Buy Credit Card Data on Millions of Americans

Yodlee, the largest financial data broker in the U.S., sells data pulled from the bank and credit card transactions of tens of millions of Americans to investment and research firms, detailing where and when people shopped and how much they spent. The company claims that the data is anonymous, but a confidential Yodlee document obtained by Motherboard indicates individual users could be unmasked.

Read the full text here:

Roaring Fans

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