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Zoom settles with FTC after making ‘deceptive’ security claims

Zoom settles with FTC after making ‘deceptive’ security claims The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Zoom, after it accused the video calling giant of engaging in “a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the security of its users,” in part by claiming the encryption was stronger than it actually was. […]

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Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr

Facebook’s photo porting tool adds support for Dropbox and Koofr Facebook’s photo and video portability tool has added support for two more third party services for users to send data via encrypted transfer — namely: cloud storage providers Dropbox and (EU-based) Koofr. The tech giant debuted the photo porting tool in December last year, initially […]

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Decrypted: Uber’s former security chief charged, FBI’s ‘vishing’ warning

Decrypted: Uber’s former security chief charged, FBI’s ‘vishing’ warning A lot happened in cybersecurity over the past week. The University of Utah paid almost half a million dollars to stop hackers from leaking sensitive student data after a ransomware attack. Two major ATM makers patched flaws that could’ve allowed for fraudulent cash withdrawals from vulnerable […]

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Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing

Facebook trails expanding portability tools ahead of FTC hearing Facebook is considering expanding the types of data its users are able to port directly to alternative platforms. In comments on portability sent to US regulators ahead of an FTC hearing on the topic next month, Facebook says it intends to expand the scope of its data […]

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TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, […]

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Apple goes to war with the gaming industry

Apple goes to war with the gaming industry Most gamers may not view Apple as a games company to the same degree that they see Sony with PlayStation or Microsoft with Xbox, but the iPhone-maker continues to uniformly drive the industry with decisions made in the Apple App Store. The company made the news a […]

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Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a […]

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Let’s close the gap and finally pass a federal data privacy law

Let’s close the gap and finally pass a federal data privacy law Jerry C. Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Jerry C. Jones is the EVP, Chief Ethics and Legal Officer of LiveRamp (NYSE: RAMP), where he leads the legal and data ethics teams and assists in the strategy and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives. […]

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YouTube sellers found touting bogus coronavirus vaccines and masks

YouTube sellers found touting bogus coronavirus vaccines and masks YouTube has been criticized for continuing to host coronavirus disinformation on its video sharing platform during a global health emergency. Two US advocacy groups which campaign for online safety undertook an 18-day investigation of the video sharing platform in March — finding what they say were […]

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Australia sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica, fine could scale to $529BN

Australia sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica, fine could scale to 9BN Australia’s privacy watchdog is suing Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica data breach — which, back in 2018, became a global scandal that wiped billions off the tech giant’s share price yet only led to Facebook picking up a $5BN FTC fine. Should Australia prevail […]

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