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UK's data watchdog picks privacy man from IBM arm as new tech policy exec

The UK’s data protection watchdog has chosen the managing director of an IBM-owned risk management biz, Promontory, to lead its technology policy and innovation team. QUIZZICAL LOOK What's an RDBMS? Don't ask the UK's data protection watchdog READ MORE Simon McDougall, a former Deloitte man, has been the global lead for …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Aug 2018
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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

Researchers claim to have uncovered weaknesses in WhatsApp that can be exploited to manipulate messages in private and group conversations. Eggheads at Israeli security firm Check Point this week described how, with some social engineering trickery and custom extensions for popular network-packet-twiddling toolkit Burp Suite, …
John Leyden, 9 Aug 2018
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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

Analysis Facebook has denied it is seeking to suck up netizens' bank account details, claiming it just wants to connect bank customers to their bank's chat accounts and give useful financial updates. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the social media giant had approached several large American banks – including JPMorgan …
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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

In January 2016, then-54-year-old Mark Stephens was recruited by Accenture to work as a sales development manager on a project with Facebook, subject to Facebook's approval. He got the job – and then lost it due to age discrimination, or so he claims in a lawsuit filed against the two companies in Austin, Texas, on Monday. "I …

Facebook's security boss is offski. Not to worry, it has 'embedded security' in all divisions

Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the social network to work on information warfare at Stanford University. The social network has not named any replacement. Admiral Mike Rogers of the NSA Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys? READ MORE The …
John Leyden, 2 Aug 2018
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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

The Irish Supreme Court has made the unprecedented decision to hear Facebook’s appeal in its long-running legal battle with privacy activist Max Schrems – and to do so with urgency. The unanimous decision from the five judges considering the case will be a surprise to observers, as it appears to go against existing case law …
Rebecca Hill, 1 Aug 2018
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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

Facebook has deleted dozens of pages and accounts that were apparently coordinating to push divisive messages to the American public in the lead-up to this year's US midterm elections. We're told 17 profiles and eight pages in all were chopped from Facebook along with seven Instagram profiles. The social media giant said the …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2018
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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter make it easier to download your info and upload to, er, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter etc...

Allowing developers to siphon millions of netizens' personal information didn't work out so well for Facebook, given the Cambridge Analytica affair. Nonetheless, the misinformation and ads platform has decided to build a data takeout service for account holders, allowing people to download their information in a standardized …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Jul 2018
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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept. Cambridge Analytica was one of five firms placed into administration amid the fallout from the Facebook data harvesting scandal. The firms – Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2018
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$100m sueball smacks Huawei over Facebook HQ infiltration claims

A whistleblowing employee of a Huawei subsidiary is suing the biz for $100m over claims the Chinese networking kit maker infiltrated meetings at Facebook HQ in the US – and stole rivals' trade secrets before sending them to China. Jesse Hong alleged, in court documents, that Huawei and subsidiary Futurewei Technologies ordered …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2018
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Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to

Analysis Cambridge Analytica had data ferreted away on disconnected servers, Twitter actually kicked the firm's ads off its platform, and Facebook still has a lot of questions to answer. Also, British political parties used software to guess voters' ethnicities. These were some of the findings of the UK's Information Commissioner's …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018

UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

Facebook faces a £500,000 ($665,000) fine from the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, for failing to protect netizens' info nor tell them how their data would be harvested by apps. The looming penalty relates to the social media giant's role in the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal – in which the personal …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018
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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

UPDATE Facebook’s content-cleansing bots have flagged the United States Declaration of Independence as hate speech. The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper serving Liberty, Texas, posted “small bites” from the Declaration on its Facebook page in the leadup to the USA’s Fourth of July Independence Day, “to make it a little easier …
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Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more 'oops, we spilled your data' shocks

No less than four federal agencies in the US are now investigating Facebook following yet more revelations over how it gave vast quantities of personal data to developers. As well as the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the FBI, and America's financial watchdog the Securities and Exchange Commission ( …
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Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!

Vodafone has become the latest carrier to white-box its optical traffic. The trial, which Voda has declared a success, is a handy bit of validation for Facebook, whose Voyager packet-optical switches try and take on one of the toughest segments of networking. “The goal of the live trial was to showcase the future of applying …
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Facebook shells out $8k bug bounty after quiz web app used by 120m people spews profiles

Facebook has forked out an $8,000 reward after a security researcher flagged up a third-party web app that potentially exposed up to 120 million people's personal information from their Facebook profiles. This is quite possibly the first cash payment under the social network giant's new data abuse bug bounty program. The …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Jun 2018

Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

Facebook has canned its plans to bring high-speed internet via a solar-powered drone beaming lasers to the ground, according to an announcement on Tuesday. The social media behemoth hellbent on ‘global connectivity’ wanted to launch a “high altitude platform station (HAPS) system," nicknamed Aquila, into the stratosphere. …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Jun 2018
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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

If you think we're living in the Golden Age of the Entrepreneur, think again. In the US, startup rates are falling and employ fewer people than they used to. Businesses take longer to form. Meanwhile, subsidies to business have tripled since 1990, and big business is far better at playing the subsidy game. The taxpayer isn't …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2018

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