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Privatear and Denodo partners to combine data’s context and regulatory compliance

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Data privacy guardian Privitar has partnered with data virtualization stalwart Denodo to fortify the latter’s data integration and data management capabilities with Privitar’s data provisioning. This partnership addresses the sudden increase in regulations that organizations face regarding data privacy. These regulations, which were created only five years ago by the passage of GDPR, coincide with the AI era when consumer data is of paramount importance.

The most important aspect of these developments are not the increasing number of regulations in the space or the stiffness and non-compliance penalties. It’s important that organizations now understand and disclose the purpose of data collection, connection, and access.

Privitar VP of Technology Partners Mike Foster put it this way: “This idea of context, the purpose for which you’re using the data, is the key driver. It is no longer enough to simply ask for data. We are privacy vendors. The first question we ask is “What is it for?” What’s the purpose of it ?

The answer to this question can mean many things. It could be whether access will ever be granted, how it is granted, and whether firms might face regulatory penalties. This is exactly why Privitar has partnered with Denodo. This partnership may bring out the best of both worlds, with distributed data management and secure data access that allows organizations to see how data is being used.

5 steps to privacy

Privitar’s middleware solution complements Denodo’s in that it underpins a wide range of data strategies and architectures, as well as enterprise use cases. There’s a five-step process by which Privitar reinforces data privacy, regulatory compliance and, by extension, data security:

  • Identity: Users requesting data access must first verify their identity according to access management policies.
  • Regulations: The second step is pinpointing which regulations are applicable to a specific dataset, which is “where Privitar has really gone deep,” Foster commented.
  • Location: This multifaceted data access dimension includes “the location of the user, the location of the source data, and the location of the processing,” Foster remarked. Each of these factors affect how data access impacts privacy compliance and regulatory compliance. There are regulations about where each can be found.
  • Purpose: The reason an individual accesses data is pivotal to adhering to privacy regulations. Foster explained that it is becoming more important to be transparent about the reason an individual accesses data. “The same user could have a different purpose [*] during the day for viewing the same dataset, potentially,” Foster said.
  • Content: The content of the data influences which techniques–like obfuscation or generalization–ought to be used to safeguard sensitive data like PII, for instance.

Ethical implications

The ramifications of automating these facets of data access (identifying who’s privy to which data for what reasons) may transcend complying with data privacy regulations. These regulations can have a significant impact on companies who want to create a positive relationship with customers.

Privitar’s context benefits can be transformed by a partnership with Denodo, whose virtualization technologies modernize the integration process. Data is kept in place and accessible from one location. Foster said that suddenly the purpose is important due to the legal implications. You can now see that people are beginning to think about the ethical purpose. Is it right to allow our company to use the data in this manner ?”

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Contextual metadata

The metadata from the above dimensions provides nuanced column-level data acces with Privitar’s five-step approach. This expands its context boons. Organizations can improve their processes by understanding the context of user identity, as well as relevant regulations, locations and purposes. For example, they can identify “who did this type of action on this data that was labeled with these type of markings, and is there any corrective action I need to take,” pointed out Pablo Alvarez, Denodo‘s Director of Product Marketing. All of this is part of the context .”

The auditing involved in scrutinizing data access for privacy and regulatory concerns is hugely beneficial for improving operations based on such metadata. Alvarez stated that active metadata has seen a lot of development over the past few years. All of these things are coming together, and it’s more than just documentation. It’s all that blended with access control, with security, with monitoring, and it’s bringing a lot of value to the enterprise.”

A virtuous cycle

There is a continuum for context in relation to data privacy, regulatory compliance and security. To gain an automated understanding about why data is being used, companies must improve their access policies and controls. This will help them comply with data privacy and compliance mandates. They can also audit this information to identify ways to improve their processes. This effectively activates the metadata to provide privacy and security enhancements. It is important to understand the context of data access, and the metadata that surrounds it, in order to improve security measures for sensitive data of end users and all data.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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