Google allowed sanctioned Russian ad company to harvest user data for months

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Google allowed sanctioned Russian ad company to harvest user data for months

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Google allowed sanctioned Russian ad company to harvest user data for months

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The day after Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner sent a letter to Google warning it to be on alert for “exploitation of your platform by Russia and Russian-linked entities,” and calling on the company to audit its advertising business’s compliance with economic sanctions.

But as recently as June 23, Google was sharing potentially sensitive user data with a sanctioned Russian ad tech company owned by Russia’s largest state bank, according to a new report provided to ProPublica.

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Info included unique mobile phone IDs, IP addresses, location information, and more.

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