Several governments, including the U.S., are pressuring Apple and other manufacturers to add “back doors” to all products that offer encryption. The latest example is a demand on Monday of this week when the FBI sent a letter to Apple requesting assistance to extract data from password-protected iPhones used by a suspected mass shooter. You can read more about that “demand” in an article by Kif Leswing published in the […]
According to an article in the Reuters news agency: “Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million U.S.) for improperly sharing user data. “The ministry’s department of consumer protection said it had found that data from 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to developers of an App called ‘thisisyourdigitallife.’ The data was being shared for ‘questionable’ purposes, the […]
From the Associated Press: MOSCOW (AP) – Russia has banned the use on its territory of a smartphone app widely used like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other gatherings. The app, called Zello, reportedly has been popular among long-distance truckers in Russia who are conducting strikes to protest a road tariff system.
Facebook Tells US Attorney General It’s Not Prepared To Get Rid Of Encryption On WhatsApp And Messenger
Facebook said it would not weaken end-to-end encryption across its messaging apps, despite pressure from world governments, in a letter to US Attorney General Bill Barr and UK and Australian leaders. From a report by Ryan Mac in the BuzzFeed News: “People’s private messages would be less secure and the real winners would be anyone seeking to take advantage of that weakened security,” the company wrote to leaders in the […]
There’s no surprise here: More than 18 months after the scandal first broke, the Federal Trade Commission has officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived consumers through its data-gathering practices. Details may be found in an article by Colin Lecher in TheVerge web site at: https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/6/20999078/ftc-cambridge-analytica-facebook-users-official-ruling-privacy-scandal.
From a Reuters News article: “Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc if they mishandle users’ personal data. “The measure comes at a time when the luster of the Big Tech platforms, once praised as one of the most dynamic parts of the U.S. economy, has faded because of data breaches and discomfort over what information about […]