Waymo is working closely with the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) in Phoenix to get feedback on the experience, and also consulting with The Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco. Joining the Waymo accessibility session are three key figures helping to guide Waymo’s work.
A dossier of evidence detailing how the online ad-targeting industry profiles internet users' intimate characteristics without their knowledge or consent has been published today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), piling more pressure on the country's data watchdog to take enforcement action over what complainants contend is the "biggest data breach of all time." The publication follows a now two-year-old complaint lodged with Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) claiming unlawful exploitation of personal data via the programmatic advertising Real-Time Bidding (RTB) process -- including dominant RTB systems devised by Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). The Irish DPC opened an investigation into Google's online Ad Exchange in May 2019, following a complaint filed by Dr Johnny Ryan (then at Brave, now a senior fellow at the ICCL) in September 2018 -- but two years on, that complaint, like so many major cross-border GDPR cases, remains unresolved.
Last week, as Epic Games, Facebook and Microsoft continued to express concerns about Apple’s “monopolistic” hold over what a billion people can download on their iPhones, a similar story unfolded in India, the world’s second largest internet market, between a giant developer and the operator of the only other large mobile app store. Google pulled Paytm, the app from India’s most valuable startup, off the Play Store on Friday. The app returned to the store eight hours later, but the controversy and acrimony Google has stirred up in the country will linger for years.