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In the news … April 10, 2018

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook After Data Scandal

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is ditching Facebook.
“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” Wozniak told USA Today via email. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”
He also told the newspaper that he had deactivated his account, but did not delete it to keep control over his “SteveWoz” screen name.
“I don’t want someone else grabbing it, even another Steve Wozniak,” he said.
Before deactivating the account, Wozniak posted a goodbye message.
“It’s brought me more negatives than positives,” he wrote.

Consumer groups say YouTube is collecting, using children’s data improperly

A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups is expected to file a complaint with federal officials Monday claiming YouTube has been violating a children’s privacy law.
The complaint contends that YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has been collecting and profiting from the personal information of young children on its main site, although the company says the platform is meant only for users 13 and older.

Former privacy watchdog urges Facebook users to tighten privacy settings now

Ann Cavoukian, former Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner, says users can file an official complaint with the federal privacy watchdog if they believe their personal information may have been made available to third parties without their consent. (CBC News)

Gartner maps the digital marketing agency playing field highlighting industry leaders

AKQA, Isobar, R/GA, Accenture and Ogilvy & Mather are among the companies named as leading global digital marketing agencies in a comprehensive magic quadrant study from Gartner.
The firm ranked leading digital marketing agencies across categories like client growth, marketplace understanding and delivery of next-gen marketing tech. Performance was visualised on ‘ability to execute’ against ‘completeness of vision’, highlighting challengers, niche players, leaders and visionaries. The results were formed from qualitative and quantitative data and the compiled scores were not shared by Gartner, rather each agency’s position in respect to each other.

‘Netflix for movie theatres’ rival Sinemia quietly launches in Canada

The all-you-can-watch company MoviePass that’s been dubbed by some as a “Netflix for theatres” hasn’t revealed plans to come to Canada, but its competitor has quietly launched here.
Sinemia, founded by Turkish entrepreneur Rifat Oguz, provides a service that it says is more sustainable and less too good to be true.
While a $9.95 US a month subscription to MoviePass allows American consumers to go see one non-premium screening a day, Sinemia charges $10.99 to watch two movies a month, including one in any premium format except VIP. Even Cineplex’s pricey $24.99 ticket for a 4DX screening in 3D is available.



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