Toxic data-grabbing environment inhibits real tech innovation

Third-party tracking remains ‘a significant and ubiquitous privacy threat’

General Data Protection Regulation has been blamed for constricting ‘innovation’ based on a drop in the number of apps available on the Google Play Store

General Data Protection Regulation has been blamed for constricting ‘innovation’ based on a drop in the number of apps available on the Google Play Store

The list of silly things the General Data Protection Regulation gets blamed for expanded melodramatically this week with a paper that blames it for constricting “innovation” based on – facepalm – a drop in the number of apps available on the Google Play Store since the GDPR’s 2018 implementation.

Yes, the Google Play Store, long-recognised as a problematical malware and privacy-compromising Android app haven, provided by the company that itself leads all others in offering data-harvesting mobile apps under its massive Alphabet-parent umbrella. Many of those then sell your data to third parties.

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