I have written often about the risks of governments becoming a “Big Brother,” similar to what George Orwell described in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. If you haven’t read the book, you need to! However, let’s not forget that governments are not the only ones spying on you and me. Corporations are sometimes just as guilty as governments when it comes to invading the privacy of citizens, perhaps even worse than […]
A coalition of organizations is planning to ask the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook in order to restore control to its 2 billion users and prevent further abuses of privacy. Freedom from Facebook, which has decried the tech giant’s mishandling of user data during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, says that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is likely in violation of a 2011 consent decree it signed with the FTC. The […]
Facebook’s New Message to WhatsApp Users: Forget the Privacy Features and just Make Money for Facebook
Four years after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $22 billion, it is formally starting the messaging app on a new mission: bringing in revenue for Facebook. WhatsApp on Wednesday detailed plans to sell advertisements and charge big companies that want to reach their customers through its service, launching its first major revenue streams as growth at Facebook’s main app is starting to decelerate. The measures are aimed at connecting businesses to […]
Cambridge Analytica and Its Parent Company, the SCL Group, are Reportedly Shutting Down and Going Out of Business
Details may be found in an article entitled Cambridge Analytica and Scl Elections Commence Insolvency Proceedings and Release Results of Independent Investigation into Recent Allegations at http://bit.ly/2joKfmk.
One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around. Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app. Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a $19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is […]
According to a brief article in Slashdot: “The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a new broadcast standard that will let broadcasters do something cable TV companies already do: harvest data about what you watch so advertisers can customize pitches. ” The short article is at http://bit.ly/2mujzoS and contains a link to the FCC’s 109-page proposed rule that is scheduled for a vote by commissioners Thursday.
Orchid Labs Introduces the Orchid™ Protocol and Tokens to Create an Internet Free from Surveillance and Censorship
The following is an announcement written by Orchid Labs Inc.: SAN FRANCISCO–Orchid Labs Inc. has unveiled itself publicly today, along with the launch of the private alpha version of its Orchid Network accompanied by a whitepaper. The Orchid protocol is an open-source network intended to end internet surveillance and censorship, while protecting users’ personal data from being harvested by ISPs or other entities. Early in 2018, the blockchain-based Orchid network […]
Not much of a surprise here. Almost three weeks after Equifax said that hackers had gained access to the sensitive information of 143 million Americans, the credit-reporting company’s CEO has quit. Equifax said on Tuesday morning that Richard Smith, who had been leading the Atlanta-based company since 2005, was stepping down. Details may be found at: https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/equifax-ceo-quits-after-breach.
Can you spell “incompetence” boys and girls? How to not manage a company: https://www.wired.com/story/equifax-breach-response/
According to a report in the IBSintelligence web site, websites run by some of the largest banks in the US have scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis audit. For US banking customers, only 27% of the 100 largest banks in the country are rated as “acceptable.” Details may be found at http://bit.ly/2spRz4e.