Moody's is going to start building the risk of a business-ending hack into its credit ratings

Moody's is going to start building the risk of a business-ending hack into its credit ratings

"If you look at the history of data breach and data disclosure issues, they're not quite as impactful as the business disruption events," Vadala said.

Microsoft, Amazon Top BEC's Favorite Brands

Microsoft, Amazon Top BEC's Favorite Brands

Nearly two-thirds of email attacks spoofing brand names impersonate Microsoft or Amazon, according to one of two studies released today on advanced emailed threats.

Net Neutrality, Surveillance, Privacy and the World We Live In.

Net Neutrality, Surveillance, Privacy and the World We Live In.

In plain English this means that Spectrum, for example, can contact Netflix, or the like, and demand, “if you want your content to continue being delivered at full customer bandwidth, then you now need to pay us a premium fee.” This, in fact, is not a new issue and companies like Google, Spotify and Riot Games have already complained because their service is slower than it should be.

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Google Chrome’s Users Take a Back Seat to Its Bottom Line

Browser Market share (desktop) Tracking protection Chrome 68% None Firefox 11% On by default in Private Browsing Internet Explorer 7% Off by default Safari 6% On by default Edge 4% None Opera 2% Off by default

The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

Every employee—from research scientists to engineers, program managers, and executives—described a single shared goal: to respect Google users and help them understand and control their data as they generate it in real time on Google’s services.

The Cloud is NOT a Place

The Cloud is NOT a Place

It’s just mentally easier sometimes to use a term you think you understand, than to really dig into what it means and truly understand it. Further, I think the technical people who are responsible for using the term on us, should also bear the responsibility of not confusing us about this thing called “The Cloud.”

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

Protecting Data Privacy Without Destroying the Internet

It is reasonable to be skeptical of the notion that increasing government power is the key to protecting privacy, but without federal preemption, the nation could balkanize with 50 sets of online privacy rules, undermining the seamless digital experience consumers enjoy today as well as the internet economy which powers some 10 percent of national gross domestic product.

“Information Fiduciaries” Must Protect Your Data Privacy

“Information Fiduciaries” Must Protect Your Data Privacy

Accordingly, several law professors have proposed adapting these venerable fiduciary rules to apply to online companies that collect personal data from their customers.

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

In the rush to prepare for the future, business entrepreneurs may have forgotten that data is the fuel of the artificial intelligence technology. Would this offer new personal data security levels and would people’s behavior online become the only password needed?

Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone

Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone

Companies like Google and Facebook can hoover up vast quantities of data from third-party apps on people's smartphones, according to a detailed new study by the University of Oxford.

The Next Tech Unicorns Won’t Exploit Personal Data; They’ll Have None. #PriTech

The Next Tech Unicorns Won’t Exploit Personal Data; They’ll Have None. #PriTech

But the Facebook boss spent $30 million on the properties surrounding his Palo Alto home in a desperate bid for a little privacy, while companies just like his stripped it away from their customers. Privacy law firms exist to conduct audits and help companies take remedial action, but they are just not practical for smaller firms.

Apple is focusing on its ad sales business because smartphone sales won’t cut it

Apple is focusing on its ad sales business because smartphone sales won’t cut it

Apple would share revenue with the apps displaying ads; the amount of that share would vary, the WSJ reports. Apple already sells some ads based on search terms in the App Store, which led to $1 billion in revenue last year.

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads

Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

The Employer-Surveillance State

The Employer-Surveillance State

Michel Anteby, a Boston University sociologist and business scholar who has watched how monitoring affects employees at the TSA and other workplaces, has also noticed that the more employees are watched, the harder they try to avoid being watched, and the harder management tries to watch them.

Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.

Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.

That’s what … I think what most people don’t understand is that it’s super, super simple to use a very easy security and privacy solutions to protect your data.

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%.

Meet the Minnesota family that turned a soda machine company into a surveillance empire

Meet the Minnesota family that turned a soda machine company into a surveillance empire

Yet on August 1st, 2017, employees of Westby’s vending-machine business, Three Square Market, gathered around a small table at their River Falls, Wisconsin headquarters. With attention successfully diverted from the prison business, Westby and McMullan launched yet another shell company focused specifically on tracking systems, Three Square Chip.

Opinion | Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Opinion | Introducing the Internet Bill of Rights

Mr. Khanna noted that this requirement must be fulfilled in a way that is not onerous — consumers shouldn’t have to click on something affirming their consent every time data is collected, for example.

US contemplates its own version of GDPR

US contemplates its own version of GDPR

Risk and outcome-based approaches have been successfully used in cybersecurity, and can be enforced in a way that balances the needs of organizations to be agile in developing new products, services, and business models with the need to provide privacy protections to their customers, while also ensuring clarity in legal compliance.

E-Slavery: The foundation of the tech economy

E-Slavery: The foundation of the tech economy

Considering how much these companies make selling your data, the free service you get is scraps. Developing technologies like blockchain technology may soon make it possible for total online anonymity to exist, making it harder for tech companies to collect user data if at all possible.

Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind

Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind

While Facebook didn’t plan to break the encryption, Acton says, its managers did question and “probe” ways to offer businesses analytical insights on WhatsApp users in an encrypted environment.

SAP, Microsoft and Adobe announce data alliance

SAP, Microsoft and Adobe announce data alliance

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Business software companies SAP, Microsoft and Adobe said on Monday they were forming a data alliance that will make it easier for clients running their applications to get a better overview of the customer.

Twitter API Flaw Exposed Users Messages to Wrong Developers For Over a Year

Twitter API Flaw Exposed Users Messages to Wrong Developers For Over a Year

If a user interacts with an account or business on Twitter that used the AAAPI, the bug "unintentionally" sends one or more of their DMs and protected tweets to the wrong developers instead of the authorized ones.Although Twitter says it has not yet discovered any evidence that a wrong developer received DMs or protected tweets, the company also "can't conclusively confirm it didn't happen."So, it is notifying potentially impacted people, which, according to Twitter, are less than 1 percent.

Effectively Measuring Search in Firefox

Last year, we announced new telemetry measurements to count follow-on searches that start in Firefox and continue on search engine pages. The new measurements will give a fuller picture of search activity while maintaining user privacy by limiting collection to aggregate counts.

Data Custody Is A Massive Issue

Data Custody Is A Massive Issue

It refers to the process of having the legal right and authentic control over particular set(s) of data elements which are then authorized for storage and use by any particular custodian(s) of that data.

Federal agency to establish privacy framework

Federal agency to establish privacy framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced Tuesday that it will begin to create a framework to guide organizations on how they can protect the information of individuals using their products or services.

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have been warning about sharing information with data-collecting companies, firms engaged in the relatively new line of business called some academics have called “surveillance capitalism.” Most casual internet users are only now realizing how easy – and common – it is for unaccountable and unknown organizations to assemble detailed digital profiles of them.

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

Sydney airport seizure of phone and laptop 'alarming', say privacy groups

A British-Australian citizen travelling through Sydney airport has had his devices seized, and believes his laptop password cracked and his digital files inspected by Border Force officers, in what privacy groups say is a worrying development.

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots

SLU is quick to note that it’s “the first college or university in the country to bring Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, managed by Alexa for Business, into every student residence hall room and student apartment on campus.” It’s certainly not the first to adopt Amazon’s smart speakers, but it’s among the largest scale for this sort of deployment.