BuzzFeed denies collecting personal data from users

BuzzFeed is collecting far more data about its readership than the majority of other news sites, a blogger has claimed.

According to ecommerce expert Dan Barker, writing on his blog, alongside the out-of-the-box analytics Google provides, BuzzFeed has actively decided it requires more information on users, thus classified as ‘Custom Var’.

So far this only covers such mundane information such as whether the user links BuzzFeed to Facebook and whether email updates...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Privacy, Social Media, Viral.

Getty Images’ Hugh Pinney on embracing the unknown

Hugh Pinney, VP news EMEA at Getty Images, claims the move by Getty to make 35m of its photos free to use is “the industry catching up to the 21st century.”

The company yesterday announced a significant alteration to its business model, allowing free use of its image library through an embed tool to combat piracy.

Pinney believes the move has been a long time coming.

“I think it’s really exciting,” he tells MarketingTech. “I think we’ve sat as an industry for a long time...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Content, Interview, Privacy.

Over half of Facebook users “not concerned” about privacy

Research conducted by LoveMyVouchers.co.uk has revealed that more than 50% of Facebook users were “not at all concerned” or “not very concerned” about Facebook privacy.

The research, which examined responses from over 1000 subscribers to the voucher code site, found that over a quarter (26%) of those polled admitted to being “fairly” concerned about privacy on Facebook, whilst nearly seven in 10 (67%) believed that Facebook’s privacy settings were either ‘not at...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Facebook, Privacy.

Monolith collects digital analytics for the real-world

Certain times technology advances in a way which can briefly shock you, before you step-back and realise this is the future. ‘Monolith’ – a hardware device which tracks your “real life” engagement from users and customers, categorising by various criteria such as gender and age, is a perfect example of one of these technologies.

The hardware side of Monolith is actually just a Microsoft Kinect housed in the company’s own grey, subtle casing – a design most likely...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Brands, Industry, Privacy.

Google squares up to CNIL for round three of privacy row

Google’s difference of opinion with the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) over its privacy strategy is to reach a head next week when representatives will meet to discuss the issue.

The dispute is over Google’s updated privacy policy, which allows Google to collate data from all their outlets, including Youtube, Gmail and Google+, and seamlessly assimilate them. The CNIL is concerned about how the change will affect users from a legal standpoint.

The change was...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Privacy.

Facebook to allow more data access to users

Facebook will now let users download more previous data that has been shared on the social network over the years.

The feature, named Download Your Information, has been updated to give users access to expanded archives of friend requests, login IP locations and previous names used.

First launched in 2012, the feature gave access to posts, photos and other content, but campaigners argued that the social network was not sharing enough information to fit demands. The company has also faced criticism against its...

By Dani Millward, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Facebook, Privacy.

Google declines to pause on privacy changes

Google has come under pressure from the European Union to halt changes to its new privacy policy while a group investigates whether it complies with rules on the protection of personal data.

The search giant’s controversial new privacy policy consolidates the 60 guidelines which previously governed a number of disparate Google services such as Gmail, YouTube and Google+, which the company is now making efforts to tie together more seamlessly.

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By Matt Henkes, 07 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Privacy.

Google Street View goes indoors

Google Inc will bring indoor business photos into its Street View service. The pilot project will allow users to view inside various businesses from around the world.

Businesses, including shops, hotels and restaurants, can be involved with the process, although big-brand chains such as hospitals and lawyer’s offices have been excluded for the time-being.

The new extension will invite businesses with high search hits to participate and submit images,...

By Dani Millward, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Privacy, Search, Strategy.

Google Search Getting Much More Secure

We live in a world where digital interaction is the number 1 form of communication. With that speed, quickness and convenience comes certain security issue that always linger in the back of people’s minds. With infinite digital lines tieing the global community together eventually perpetrators will try to pry their way into those digital communication lines. The search bar is another one of those areas where Google...

By Maciej Fita, 19 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Privacy, Search.

How social screening can help the recruitment process [infographic]

A while ago I wrote an article on how the recruitment industry was shifting due to social media technology. I would like to add to that conversation by talking about social screening. Social screening is the process of searching for potential candidates in social websites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter and “checking them out.” This is a hotly debated topic...