Metaverse: What’s the impact on data privacy?

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The metaverse, which will merge physical reality with the digital world by way of virtual reality, augmented reality and the Internet, is coming. But the question is — are we ready?

According to Chris Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower that spurred a massive overhaul of privacy practices and legislation across the globe, the answer to the above question is a resounding no.

In fact, it might be best to start pumping the breaks on the metaverse now before it...

How marketers can overcome data privacy challenges as Google and Apple increase consumer protection

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Consumers care about data privacy. In 2021, they know more about how their data is collected, stored, and shared, and they want more control. This presents a unique set of challenges for marketers because data collection has become so closely tied to the modern consumer experience. Would we have witnessed the same exponential growth in e-commerce without personalised advertisements and targeted promotions? Likely not, because consumers and marketers alike have become dependent on...

Google delays Chrome tracking cookies ban until 2023

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Google has pushed back its planned blocking of third-party cookies on its Chrome internet browser from 2022 until 2023.

Cookies are used by websites to track users' browsing activity to enable digital publishers to better target their adverts.

Many of Google’s competitors, including Apple, Microsoft and Mozilla, have already blocked them. 

Vinay Goel, privacy engineering director for Google's Chrome browser, said: "While there’s considerable progress...

Apple’s privacy changes – how will they impact marketers?

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Apple has previewed new privacy protections in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and watchOS 8, which it hopes will help users better control and manage access to their data. 

The tech firm said these features “represent the latest innovations in Apple’s legacy of privacy leadership”.

Protect data from third parties

In the Mail app, Mail Privacy Protection stops senders from using invisible pixels to collect information about the user. The new...