Privacy Posts

Daily Dose of iQ: Is 'Coin' Really The Future of Payments?

Coin, a new payment startup that allows you to upload your credit cards and debit cards onto a single card (called a "Coin") was the big story in tech today.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Tesco to Install Face Recognition Scanners at Checkout

This must be the week of "face recognition" false alarms. Last week, I blogged about PayPal's face recognition at the point of sale, saying it wasn't as revolutionary as it sounded.

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Daily Dose of iQ: eBay says Data Can Improve In-Store Experiences

The Retail TouchPoints blog published a post today from an event at which eBay's Head of Retail Business Strategy, David Geisinger, was speaking.

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Daily Dose of iQ: 'Square Cash' Lets Users Transfer Money via Email

Mobile payment company Square introduced a new service yesterday (Oct. 15) called "Square Cash," which lets you send money over email (as well as via a new Square Cash app for iOS and Android).

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Daily Dose of iQ: "Can retailers spy on us responsibly?"

The recent NSA security scandal and news of retailers tracking customers in-store has put consumer privacy under the microscope.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Retailers to Spend Over $2B on Mobile POS Tech in 2013

Mobile POS is a hot topic in retail right now. So hot in fact, that research firm IHL Group is predicting North American retailers will spend more than $2 billion on mobile POS hardware and software in 2013.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Customers 'Unnerved' When Told They Were Tracked In-Store

On Sunday (July 14), Stephanie Clifford and Quentin Hardy of the New York Times published an article about retailers tracking in-store customers' behavior, either via video or Wi-Fi signals.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Swirl Gives Mobile Coupons to Shoppers Who Disclose Shopping Data

We often blog about the newfangled ways retailers and third-party apps try to obtain real-time shopper data in stores. Inevitably, this type of data collection comes at the expense of consumer privacy.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Indoor Positioning Apps - Useful or Spammy?

Bill Siwicki of Internet Retailer wrote Monday (June 17) about new "indoor positioning" technology that uses tiny sensors to identify a shopper's location inside the store in order to provide personalized service and encourage purchase decisions (i.e. push deals and add-on items).

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Daily Dose of iQ: New Jersey Casino Bans Google Glass... Who's Next?

Fast Company published an interesting article today, which considers the implications of Google Glass in different venues where data, privacy, recordability and access to instant communication might be particularly sensitive -- like casinos, hospitals, movie theaters, to name a few.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Eye-Tracking Technology Reveals What Shoppers Look At In-Store

"Imagine walking down an aisle at Target and casting a glance at a big orange bag of Cheetos on the shelf. Next thing you know, an ad featuring Chester Cheetah pops up on a video monitor in the aisle," wrote Meghan McDonough of Digital Trends (April 29). "A new eye-tracking device called SideWays is responsible."

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Daily Dose of iQ: Walmart's Fishing Ad is On-Demand Mobile Advertising

If you're a fisherman excitedly gearing up for the spring season, you're likely checking your smartphone weather app for a nice weekend to head to the lake.

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Daily Dose of iQ: Infographic Looks at Data Flow from Purchase to Targeted Ads

If you're a retailer or an advertiser -- heck, if you're just a consumer -- you gotta see this: It's an interactive infographic from Advertising Age that shows the path taken by a customer's data when she buys a pair of shoes in-store.

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