Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Facebook investors brace for an update from Zuckerberg on the company's planned pivot to privacy

Zuckerberg said the company is working to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, and that he expects "Messenger and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Facebook network.".

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

A federal investigation into Facebook could find Mark Zuckerberg directly responsible for any privacy failings on the social network, according to a new report in the Washington Post.

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

A Facebook spokesperson said before May 2016, it offered an option to verify a user's account using their email password and voluntarily upload their contacts at the same time. Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days and delete their contacts from the company's systems.

Cybersecurity Apps that will be Helpful in 2019

Cybersecurity Apps that will be Helpful in 2019

In case you would like to know what services a computer is running for network inventory purposes and managing service upgrades or to check which ports are open on a system and if those ports can be exploited in simulated attacks, then this is the right tool to implement a security strategy.

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

Hey, remember that California privacy law? Big Tech is trying to ram a massive hole in it

The change to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) – in Senate Bill 753 – will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and effectively adds Google and Facebook's entire business models to an exemption list, meaning consumers would not be able to sue tech giants for misusing their personal data.

“Ethics” and Ethics

“Ethics” and Ethics

How should they even understand design ethics when there’s a user research department, an analytics group and, UX team each with a different focus? Philosophical ethics discusses the morality of human action, it doesn’t provide rules to program self-driving cars.

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

U.S. Department of Defense officials have decided this week that the only two cloud vendors able to meet their requirements for a huge, winner-take-all project are Amazon and Microsoft. Google dropped out of the JEDI bidding last year, acknowledging it couldn't meet the requirements (and citing its AI principles, as well).

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves.

How does it feel to be watched at work all the time?

How does it feel to be watched at work all the time?

Image copyright Robin Lubbock Image caption Humanyze's Ben Waber thinks firms need to find our more about how they function His company gathers "data exhaust" left by employees' email and instant messaging apps, and uses name badges equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices and microphones.

Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying 'technofears' and praising the company

Facebook is partnering with a big UK newspaper to publish sponsored articles downplaying 'technofears' and praising the company

Facebook has partnered with The Daily Telegraph, a broadsheet British newspaper, to run a series of features about the company, Business Insider has found – including stories that defend it on hot-button issues it has been criticised over like terrorist content, online safety, cyberbullying, fake accounts, and hate speech.

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Your Location Is Gold to Businesses

Google Maps — Multiple-Billion-Dollar Business Based on a Free Map. Location-targeted mobile advertisement spending is quickly growing. Based on its users’ 12 billion check-in data points every month, Foursquare accurately predicted the amount of new iPhone sales and has attracted 125,000 developers to work on its platform.

The One Word No One Is Talking About in the Disney-Fox Deal

The One Word No One Is Talking About in the Disney-Fox Deal

While Disney's acquisition lacks the dark mirror quality of Amazon's ever-expanding home networking business or Google's inescapable array of services (all of them tracking users with mindboggling granularity), there is considerable consumer data tied to the properties that just changed hands, all of it governed by the privacy policies attached to them, which also changed hands but cannot be changed without user consent.

CCPA: What you need to know

CCPA: What you need to know

The law is generally aimed at two classes of businesses:Data brokers : companies that either make a majority of their revenue by selling personal information of consumers or that trade (obtain, sell, or barter) more than 50,000 records per year.

Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

Finland to investigate Nokia-branded phones after data breach report

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether Nokia-branded phones had breached data rules after a report said the handsets sent information to China.

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Coincidentally, EFF had organized a briefing of congressional staff the day after the Times report on the controversial surveillance law used to conduct telephone record surveillance: Section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we told Congress, it is long past time to end the telephone records program for good.

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

We'll switch up your browser and search engine, add some plugins to block surveillance, and get a little technical with DNS servers.

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber developed spyware code-named Surfcam in its Sydney office in 2015Surfcam scraped data on competitors' cars to allow Uber to poach driversUber used Surfcam to steal drivers from start-up GoCatch The spyware program, code-named Surfcam, was deployed against Australian start-up rideshare company GoCatch, which was backed by high-profile investors including billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull.

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

Why the Debate Over Privacy Can't Rely on Tech Giants

It’s clear after this hearing that companies who deliberately over-collect data and sidestep user privacy are making a business choice, and they could choose to operate differently. Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley asked DeVries whether users can fully turn off all Google’s location tracking services on their Android phones.

Facebook Data Gathering Reined in by German Facebook Ruling

Facebook Data Gathering Reined in by German Facebook Ruling

Upon completion of its investigation into the business practices of Facebook, the Bundeskartellamt last week found that the social media giant’s practices in relation to data obtained its services means that the platform users may be victims of ‘exploitative’ abuse.

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data sources to track people and frustrate regulators who might be eyeing a breakup of the social-media behemoth.

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

DuckDuckGo Testimony Before the United States Senate

Below is the prepared testimony of Gabriel Weinberg , CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo, before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation .

Stores See a Future Without ‘May I Help You?’ (They’ll Already Have Your Data)

Stores See a Future Without ‘May I Help You?’ (They’ll Already Have Your Data)

Orbital Insight can gather geolocation data from 10 to 20 percent of phones in any mall, he said, with pings every 15 minutes on average.

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

A million tiny eyes in the sky: how a new generation of nanosatellites pose a threat to privacy

Another company in this sector, Orbital Insight , explains its services in the following way: “By applying machine learning and computer vision technologies, we build software that interprets data at petabyte scale to drive better business and policy decisions.” Similarly, SpaceKnow says: Our AI driven platform unlocks the power and potential of geospatial analysis.

A 'privacy-focused' Facebook would kill Zuckerberg's business model

A 'privacy-focused' Facebook would kill Zuckerberg's business model

Pinterest ‘The company plans to unify Instagram DMs, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, creating a single encrypted messaging service that links its three largest brands.’ Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Even if the change would help Facebook’s corporate goals, don’t hold your breath while you wait for it to ship.

Taxing your privacy

Taxing your privacy

Yet, while the revenue upside for companies helping smart cities (and states) with taxing and tolling is significant, it is also rife with contradictions and complications that could, ultimately, pose serious problems to those companies’ underlying business models and for the investors that bet heavily on them.

Facebook says people, not regulators, should decide what is seen

Facebook says people, not regulators, should decide what is seen

"People, not regulators, should decide what they see in their news feeds," Facebook wrote in an unpublished submission to the ACCC's digital platforms review.

Moving our privacy advocacy forward to protect Australia and you

Moving our privacy advocacy forward to protect Australia and you

In our submission, we cited possible impacts of the act on the local technology sector including creating a distrust of Australia and Australian companies, causing financial losses to tech business, and creating confusion and stress among technical talent.

Confessions of a location data exec: ‘It’s a Ponzi scheme’

Confessions of a location data exec: ‘It’s a Ponzi scheme’

And yet there are location data vendors who are selling data sets of people who are more likely to go into a shop after seeing an ad.

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

"All Americans have benefited from state privacy and data breach laws, so their role as policy innovator and law enforcer must be respected." In December, a group of 15 Democrats in the Senate introduced a bill called the Data Care Act that would enact new data protections and limit the ways companies can use personal data.

Cyber criminals earn $3bn a year exploiting social platforms

Cyber criminals earn $3bn a year exploiting social platforms

Apps, adverts and links are the primary delivery mechanism for cryptocurrency mining software on social platforms, with the majority of malware detected by this research mining monero (80%) and bitcoin (10%), earning $250m a year for cyber criminals.

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