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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