Author: Disini & Disini Law Office

India’s Intelligence Bureau: Delete These 42 Apps Used by China for Spying

India’s Intelligence Bureau: Delete These 42 Apps Used by China for Spying

A recent advisory by India’s Intelligence Bureau listed 42 apps that, according to the agency, are used by China to gather info on sensitive Indian security installations. The DIG advisory instructed troops posted at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to delete the Chinese apps including WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News, calling them a threat to the country’s security. Prior to the advisory, the IAF also told its officers and even their families to avoid using Chinese smartphones and computers, on fears that the devices may be sending back information to back to China. Source: ZeeNews India

Amazon Ramps Up AI Efforts, Announces New AWS Features

Amazon Ramps Up AI Efforts, Announces New AWS Features

Earlier this week, Amazon announced several new features that leverages machine learning for its Amazon Web Services. The company had recently been pushing to take a dominant position in Silicon Valley’s AI race. With the newly introduced features, AWS customers will now be able to “train” their own AI algorithms, build apps that can translate languages in real time, conduct video analysis, or scan text for trends. It is said that compared to Apple and Facebook’s AI technologies, small startups and less-tech savvy customers may find Amazon’s offerings to be more suitable.   Source: Reuters

Goldman Remains Aloof to Cryptocurrency, Mulls Crypto-Trading Services for Clients

Goldman Remains Aloof to Cryptocurrency, Mulls Crypto-Trading Services for Clients

At a Bloomberg event last Thursday, Goldman Sachs Group CEO Lloyd Blankfein revealed that the company is not rushing to formulate a strategy around Bitcoin. He cited the cryptocurrency’s volatility and said that something that fluctuates as much as 20% in a day “does not feel like a store of value”. Blankfein added that they may trade Bitcoin once it shows less volatility and more liquidity. However, spokesperson Tiffany Galvin said that the company had already been exploring ways to offer digital trading services to their clients. Bitcoin rose to a high of $11,395 last Wednesday, but lost around one-fifth […]

UK Government to Set to Change Investigatory Powers Act (IPA)

UK Government to Set to Change Investigatory Powers Act (IPA)

It was reported that the UK government will be making changes to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) after finding some parts of it to be incompatible with EU law. The IPA allows the secretary of state to order companies to store communication metadata. However, the government pointed out that it was inconsistent with EU law since it says that authorities do not need independent permission to access communications data, and it does not reserve the collection of such metadata for serious crimes   Comments from the public on the proposal will be accepted until January 18 of next year. Source: […]

Report Says Half of Total ICO-raised Funds Come from Europe

Report Says Half of Total ICO-raised Funds Come from Europe

Research from Atomico published last Thursday established that almost half of the money spent on newly issued cryptocurrencies come from Europe. The leading European VC firm showed that around $1.76 billion had been raised via initial coin offerings by entities in the region since 2014, which amounts to around 46% of total funds raised globally. 47% of Europe’s total – $828 million, was raised by firms in Zug, Switzerland. It is also a popular region in Zurich for top commodities traders, mainly due to its low tax rates.   Larger European VC firms are expected to participate in ICOs next […]

Facebook Suspends Racial Group Ad Targeting Feature  

Facebook Suspends Racial Group Ad Targeting Feature  

Facebook said last Wednesday that it has temporarily stopped a feature that allows advertisers to exclude racial groups when targeting ads. In a letter to Congressional Black Caucus, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that the company will be taking steps to after it had reportedly failed to block discriminatory ads. It is considered illegal to publish certain types of ads that show preference to a particular race, religion, sex or certain classifications under US law. Sandberg added that the option will remain suspended until the company can ensure that it will not be used inappropriately.   Source: Reuters

US Government Officials Accuse Drone Maker DJI of Sending Back Data to China

US Government Officials Accuse Drone Maker DJI of Sending Back Data to China

In a statement issued this month, Chinese drone manufacturer DJI contested allegations made by US Customs officials in a memo released last August. In the memo, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau said that the Da Jiang Innovations Science and Technology company is supplying the Chinese government with data on US critical infrastructure and law enforcement. The Customs bureau said it had gotten the information from a source in the drone industry who had firsthand access. However, it is said that the allegations could not be independently confirmed. In its statement, DJI said that the accusations were false and misleading […]

Seven EU Privacy Watchdogs Unite for Uber Investigation

Seven EU Privacy Watchdogs Unite for Uber Investigation

According to the Article 29 Working Group last Wednesday, a number of data protection authorities will be working together on probing the data breach case of ride-hailing company Uber. The group, which will be led by Dutch authority Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, will be composed of watchdogs from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, British and Belgium, as decided upon in a meeting last Wednesday in Brussels. The investigations will remain at a national level, but France’s DPA said that the task force was formed to make the probes as consistent as possible. In response to the announcement, Uber said that it will fully […]

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

Uber Withheld Evidence from Waymo Case with Board, Ex-CEO’s Knowledge

In a hearing at a San Francisco federal court last Wednesday, Uber in-house lawyer Angela Padilla recently testified that the company’s board and ex-CEO were aware that some of their employees had stolen trade secrets from Waymo, but the information was kept from a high-stakes case. The information came to light in a letter from an ex-Uber security analyst who alleged that the company had trained employees to pilfer competitor’s secrets and hide their activities using disappearing messages and a dedicated computer system. Padilla testified that she did not inform Uber’s counsels of the letter then since the allegations it […]

Developer Exposes Major MacOS High Sierra Login Flaw    

Developer Exposes Major MacOS High Sierra Login Flaw    

A Turkish software developer recently took to Twitter and exposed one of the biggest security flaws to be discovered on MacOS. Lemi Orhan Ergin tweeted last Tuesday of a flaw that allows anyone to gain root access to computers running High Sierra just by entering username “root” under Users & Groups, even without a password. Users with root access will be able to take full control of the system, and it was previously thought that this was disabled by default on Apple systems. Ergin was criticized by a number of users for not disclosing the issue privately with Apple. However, […]