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The Privacy Newsletter
#002 - June 2021
Privacy news that you shouldn’t miss. Short, sweet, and to the point.
It's hard to keep this newsletter short with this much privacy news in recent weeks. If you happen to find good content we should add in the next issue, please email us.
What happened in the last month

The opportunity to build a better relationship with customers around trust and transparency. The chance to take a customer-first approach when building out policies on data collection, minimization, transparency, and protection.
It's not as scary as it sounds, according to The New York Times.
A new feature for Apple users which will prevent third-party companies determining web-browsing habits. This article explains what that entails.
It's not all positive what Apple does. It built the world's most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.
As well as collecting your data, Chrome also gives Google a vast amount of control over how the web works.
Venmo leaked Joe Biden's friends. Luckily you can hide yours. Here's how to lock down your account in 8 quick steps: Twitter thread.
One in 10 US police departments can now access videos from millions of privately owned home security cameras without a warrant.
TikTok users who reside in the European Economic Area (EEA), the U.K., Switzerland, and other geographies (excluding India) are exempted from the changes.
New privacy apps

ClearURLs will automatically remove tracking elements from URLs to help protect your privacy when browsing. It's available for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. You can find the donating buttons on this page.
A real-time website privacy inspector. Enter the address of any website, and Blacklight will scan it and reveal the specific user-tracking technologies on the site—and who's getting your data. You may be surprised at what you learn.
News from Simple Analytics

Here's how to stop Google from selling your data to advertisers (again). I have to admit that I first thought that Google was finally taking some steps towards a privacy-friendly web with FLoC until I started researching.
New features in Simple Analytics

We launched a big update today! Your dashboard should be completely focussed on your data, so we removed the Simple Analytics branding in the navigation.
If you have multiple sites in Simple Analytics you can now search for others right from your dashboard.
We added some extra features to our print version. You can now export the page to pdf or print the page. It will show your stats nicely on one page. We hide all elements that are not relevant on a non-interactive version.

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