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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