EDRi-gram, 2 June 2021

The GDPR is still in its infancy, and while it is too soon to consider revisions to the law, EU regulators and decision-makers have the power to improve enforcement and fulfil its promise for vindicating data protection rights and spurring the development of privacy-protecting business models. The past three years hold important lessons for decision-makers and regulators to leverage to deliver on that promise. A lot is at stake.

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Read: The data divide

Ada Lovelace Institute

Data-driven technologies have not been experienced equally. Symptom-tracking apps, contact-tracing apps and consumer-facing mental and physical-health apps have been of immense use and value during the pandemic, particularly for health purposes, but not for everyone.

Read how the digital divide has shaped a ‘data divide’ here.

Watch: AdTech is watching you!

EDRi member, Open Rights Group

The reality is that AdTech target mothers who just had stillbirths with baby ads, and serial gamblers who are trying to quit with gambling ads or simply send creepy ads. The industry built an extensive infrastructure made of online trackers embedded in website plugins, social media buttons, videos, web fonts, software development kits and many other things. This means that websites struggle not to track their visitors even if they want to. This video shows how your most personal information is being sold to the highest bidder.

Watch the video to learn how to #StopStalkerAds here.

Listen: Fighting Stalkerware

EDRi member, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Stalkerware is the class of apps that are sold commercially for the purpose of covertly spying on another person’s device. They can be blatantly marketed as tools for “catching a cheating spouse” or they may euphemistically describe themselves as tools for tracking your children or employees’ devices. The key defining feature of stalkerware is that it is designed to operate covertly, to trick the user into believing that they are not being monitored.

Listen to learn what efforts against stalkerware have achieved here.

Do: Protect yourself from online tracking

EDRi member, Privacy International

Online tracking is a widespread practice with questionable ethics and legal backing. Almost anything you do online leaves digital footprints. Part of it is understandable – it makes sense that the website you are visiting gets to know something about you, such as the simple fact that you visited it. But most online services you use, whether these are an app, website or smart device, don’t keep this information for themselves. Behind the scenes there are third parties – entities unrelated to the service you use – with different purposes.

Click here to disrupt the tracking industry & stay private online.

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