What's in Store for Privacy in 2021

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Robert Lemos

Privacy is in for a turbulent 2021, with companies facing more privacy regulations, continued attempts to create backdoors in encrypted communications, and the introduction of a variety of privacy-focused technologies.

In October, for example, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and its allies signed a letter calling for technological solutions to give law enforcement access specific communications, a move privacy advocates consider a threat. In a more pro-privacy move, as of Dec. 8, Apple will require developers to disclose all the data its apps collect from users, including data collected by third-party advertising frameworks that are included or linked to in the code. Both initiatives will have potential impacts on privacy in 2021.

The rapid changes in the privacy landscape make the topic a perennial concern for security and privacy teams...

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