Instagram ‘pauses’ its plans to build Instagram Kids app
Instagram was making a version of its app for children aged under 13. Now it's not – at least not for the moment. "We believe building Instagram Kids is the right thing to do, but we're pausing the work," wrote Instagram...
September 28, 2021
A new iOS feature could be big news for mailing lists
We wrote about some of the musical announcements at Apple’s WWDC keynote earlier this week, but another new feature in the next version of iOS is important for music marketers (and, indeed, all newsletter publishers including...
June 9, 2021
Spotify responds to protests against speech-recognition patent
Earlier this year, a controversy broke out over a Spotify patent involving using speech recognition technology to analyse a listener's "emotional state, gender, age, or accent" and recommend them music accordingly. This...
May 5, 2021
Apple’s new ‘App Tracking Transparency’ feature goes live
Apple’s latest software update for iPhones, iOS 14.5, is out, and it brings with it a feature that has been sparking debate across the digital advertising industry ever since it was announced. That feature is ‘App...
April 27, 2021
Facebook wades in to battle with Apple over privacy
Tech giants at loggerheads is nothing new, but Facebook and Apple’s simmering tensions have burst out again, and it’s relating to Apple’s changes to its iOS software’s privacy workings – and specifically...
December 17, 2020
FTC steps up investigation into tech firms and privacy
December work slowdown? Not for the Federal Trade Commission in the US there isn’t. Having sued Facebook for ‘illegal monopolisation’ earlier this month, now the FTC is stepping up its investigation into...
December 15, 2020
Spotify resets user passwords after data-leak scare
Spotify has begun what ZDNet described as a “rolling password reset” of some users’ accounts, after a report suggesting that as many as 350,000 people’s usernames and passwords (among other personal...
November 25, 2020
Ticketmaster fined in the UK over 2018 customer data breach
A £1.25m fine for Ticketmaster is very small beans compared to the money that its parent company Live Nation has lost this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the fine, levied by the UK's Information Commissioner's...
November 16, 2020
Facebook warns that it could pull out of Europe altogether
American TikTokers have been grappling with the existential (in app terms) question of what they'd do if the app was banned. Now imagine the rumpus if Facebook and Instagram were suddenly unavailable across the whole of Europe. It...
September 22, 2020
After India ban, TikTok could face further sanctions in US
TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been hit by a ban in India as part of a wider crackdown on apps of Chinese origin. But there may be trouble brewing for the companies in the US, too, due both to the political...
July 8, 2020
TikTok under fire again from US child-privacy campaigners
In February 2019, TikTok paid $5.7m as part of a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission following a child-privacy investigation dating back to the Musical·ly app (not us!) that TikTok merged with in 2018. Besides...
May 14, 2020
Study: privacy worries DO put people off products and services
This is one of those things that may seem obvious, but it’s useful to have some hard data for. The Pew Research Center in the US has been surveying Americans about whether privacy concerns would stop them from using a...
April 16, 2020