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The Data Drop Panel for February 2022

Host Debbie Reynolds and special guests take a deep dive into the noteworthy, concerning, and downright fascinating stories featured in recent episodes of the Data Drop News podcast.

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Full Transcript

Debbie Reynolds: Hello. My name is Debbie Reynolds. I'm a global data privacy advisor and strategist from Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the Node Zero Community at the Data Collaboration Alliance. So welcome all to the data drop panel where every month we talk about leading data privacy stories and the news with professionals around the world.

And to hear your take on what's been happening in the past month. So, with everything that's been in the news lately, I'm really interested to see what you guys are talking about or what you guys are really thinking about. Also, I want to mention that all the stories that we feature here today will be included in the sister data drop news podcast, which delivers a four minute data privacy news Roundup each week is really cool.

I highly recommend people check out. So, this month we have had the pleasure of having Kelly Finnerty who's the Director of Brand and Content at Startpage. We have Cat Coode who's the Data Privacy Consultant and Data Privacy Officer at Binary Tattoo from Canada. I love that. And then we have Priya Keshav CEO of Meru Data

She helps companies maximize their value in data. She's from Houston. And also, I forgot to mention Kelly, she's in Los Angeles. So this is hands around North America, apparently. So. So let's get started on the first story. Let's start with Kelly. Startpage search engine launches privacy protection extension.

Kelly Finnerty: Yes. Thanks Debbie. Well in celebration of data privacy week it's an honor to be on the panel. I know it's privacy professionals, basically their Super Bowl and in celebration of it, Starpage did launch a new desktop browser extension. It was reported by fast company as saying that Startpages, latest browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox calls out creepy websites and blocks trackers on a granule level.

And so, you know, data privacy week is all about reminding the world and the wider public and our government officials about the importance of people being able to take control. Their privacy rights and protect their privacy rights. And this extension gives the power in the hands of the people to be able to block third-party trackers, set their default search to private safeguard from social tracking.

And it also gives some cool features of a privacy score per website. And a fun privacy report that lets you see on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, how many cookies and trackers the extension is blocking for you? So it's a fun, new product. It can be. It has over 25,000 installs already in one week and anyone can find slash protector.

Debbie Reynolds: It's really cool. I'm a fan of the product. I love to see more privacy enhancing features. In tech, obviously a Startpage has always been very privacy focused, but it's really cool to see that you guys are really getting a ton of traction in the news and a lot of new subscribers and customers.

Kelly Finnerty: Thanks, Debbie. Yeah, this is our first big step outside of just private search to really becoming a global privacy technology.

Debbie Reynolds: Big news. Big news. Definitely. So now I want to go to cat. So this is cool. Does Google analytics violate the GDPR? This is cool. You know, we are going to have a cat fight.

Cat Coode: Actually. I love it. You say this is cool. Cause you're your privacy geek. Like I thought this was really cool. I saw it in the news and I saw analytics violating GDPR. And the first thing I thought. Surveillance ads, which I know someone else is going to talk about today. So we will touch on that after, but it's not about the data that's being gathered by the analytics.

It's actually about the transfer of data. So there's still a lot of misunderstanding about European data being transferred, cross border outside of the EU. And if people remember way back in