New survey reveals Americans’ pessimism over privacy issues
After a string of revelations and controversies around digital privacy in recent years, how are Americans feeling about this issue? Not so good, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Roughly six in ten US...
November 18, 2019
Sandbox Issue 239: Music and Advertising’s tense union
Lead: The old rules of advertising are long gone – as is a lot of the inherent guesswork around advertising’s effectiveness. In its place has come greater tracking of ad spend and ad impact, but the entire process itself...
November 4, 2019
Linkfire boss talks smarter attribution and the death of cookies
Lars Ettrup, CEO of smart-links firm Linkfire, delivered a talk at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit conference in London this week on “the joys of attribution”, and how music marketers can better track the journey music...
October 31, 2019
Tech experts opine on how internet will evolve in next 50 years
It’s sometimes hard, in 2019, to look ahead to the next year or two with optimism, let alone the next 50. However, Pew Research Center’s latest report presents a more positive picture of how the internet will evolve and...
October 29, 2019
Facebook launches news tab – and will pay some publishers
Facebook’s relationship with the news-publishing industry? It’s complicated, to say the least. The social network has been heavily criticised for facilitating the spread of ‘fake news’ in recent years, as well as...
October 28, 2019
More music festivals promise not to use facial-recognition tech
The trickle of music festivals saying they won’t be using facial-recognition technology to identify fans may be turning into a flood. In September, we reported on US festivals Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits joining a...
October 25, 2019
Security fears raised around Amazon and Google smart speakers
We’ve written about this before: the music industry may be excited about the growth in sales of smart speakers, but privacy campaigners have their concerns about this device category. Those concerns are relevant to...
October 22, 2019
Pokémon Go developer Niantic faces new questions over privacy
Music Ally has been following the work of mobile games company Niantic with interest since its launch of Pokémon Go in July 2016 – and even back then, there were privacy concerns around the amount of data that the game...
October 21, 2019
Guard uses AI to analyse digital-service privacy policies
If the last few years of digital controversies has taught us anything, it’s that we should probably not be clicking our way through privacy-policy screens when signing up to new services without reading them. But reading...
September 25, 2019
More artists join campaign against facial-recognition at gigs
There have been two main stories about the intersection of facial-recognition technology and live music. One was Live Nation’s investment in and pilots-partnership with a startup called Blink Identity, with its technology...
September 24, 2019
YouTube tipped to be fined up to $200m in child-privacy case
There has been gossip about an imminent settlement between Google/YouTube and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for some time now. The latest burst of reports suggests that YouTube will be paying between $150m and $200m...
September 2, 2019
FTC mulls changes to child-privacy regulations in the US
YouTube and TikTok (among other digital services) will have been put on notice by an announcement this week by the US Federal Trade Commission about children’s privacy regulations. The COPPA rule was first implemented in...
July 19, 2019