Firefox Adds The Ability to Delete User Telemetry Data for CCPA Compliance

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Firefox Adds The Ability to Delete User Telemetry Data for CCPA Compliance
Number 1038
Broadcast Date JANUARY 3, 2020
Episode Length 4:28
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

The California Consumer Privacy Act went into effect January 1st and Mozilla updates Firefox to be in compliance, Samsung shipped 6.7 million 5G phones in 2019, and LG announces its 2020 TV lineup.


California's Consumer Privacy Act out CCPA took effect as of January 1st, requiring companies to notify users of intent to monetize data and offering a way to opt out of that monetization. Users can request copies of their data as well as request their data be deleted. Business must disclose what info they collect, for what purpose and with whom they share it. California will start fining companies for violations after a six month grace period expires June 30. A volunteer directory of pages where consumers can opt out of data collection is being compiled at
Mozilla announced it was rolling out updates Firefox to all users worldwide to be in compliance with CCPA. As of January 7th, users can now request that Mozilla deletes Firefox telemetry data stored on its servers directly from the browser, which includes information on how many browser tabs were open, and length of sessions. According to Mozilla's VP of global policy, trust and security Alan Davidson, the browser industry doesn't consider telemetry data to be "personal information" since it cannot be directly used to identify a user, but " we feel strongly that taking this step is the right one for people and the ecosystem."
Samsung confirmed it plans to release a version of the Galaxy Tab S6 with 5G in South Korean in Q1, possibly the first 5G tablet to market. As part of that announcement, the company said it shipped 6.7 million 5G phones in 2019, representing 53.9 percent of the global market for 5G devices as of November 2019. Counterpoint Research estimates that 5G phones contributed 1% to global smartphone sales in 2019.
LG announced its 2020 TV lineup, with 8 models all offering AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration and support HEVC, VP9 and AV1 codecs. On the high end are the 88-inch and 77-inch Signature OLED 8K TVs, with LG also offering 6 Nanocell LCD models ranging from 75 to 65 inches. All models will support 8K streaming at up to 60 frames per second, and also offer 8K upscaling using LG's Alpha 9 Gen 3 AI processor.
Tesla will begin delivering its first Chinese-made Tesla Model 3s to customers at the Shanghai Tesla factory starting January 7. Tesla says its Shanghai-produced Model 3s will be 50% cheaper per unit of capacity than the ones made in its Fremont, California and Sparks, Nevada factories.
Apple announced that former HBO CEO Richard Plepler and his production company Eden Productions will be developing original content exclusively for Apple TV+. Plepler left HBO in February 2019 following AT&T's acquisition of Time warner, and served as CEO since 2013.
Polygon reports that content from Disney+ has been removed from the service at the start of 2020. According to sources, this is likely due to legacy content deals, and that titles may permanently rejoin the service once those expire. Unlike Netflix and HBO, Disney does not publish what content is leaving its platform, but Polygon confirmed that Dr. Dolittle, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Home Alone and Home Alone 2, and The Sandlot are no longer available on Disney+. Bloomberg reported last year that Disney's current content deals with Netflix will see some Marvel content go back to Netflix in 2026.
Google announced new hardware for Coral, its edge AI development kit lineup. The new Coral Accelerator Module offers a custom Edge tensor processing unit, with PCIe and USB interfaces to easily integrate into custom PCB designs. Google also announced the Coral Dev Board Mini, which offers a smaller footprint, lower cost, and uses less power than the original Coral Dev Board. The board combines the Coral Accelerator Module with MediaTek’s 8167s SoC, and is designed for 720p video encoding and computer vision use cases. Both are expected to ship in the first half of 2020.


Preceded by:
"TikTok Releases Its First Transparency Report"
Firefox Adds The Ability to Delete User Telemetry Data for CCPA Compliance
Followed by:
"Week in Review for the Week of 12/30/19"