Data Privacy

Narita Airport to Trial Facial Recognition Tech to Clear Customs

Narita Airport to Trial Facial Recognition Tech to Clear Customs

NEC senior vice president Ryouji Hayashi recently revealed that his company will be providing Japan’s Narita International Airport with facial recognition technology which will be used to confirm the identity of passengers in lieu of physical identification documents. NEC says that an “electronic procedure gate” will be used to move passengers as the customs inspection area. Travelers can confirm their identity at a kiosk terminal while a smartphone app will also be made available to help passengers register baggage contents and passport information. The Japanese tech company added that they have already provided biometric identification systems to around 50 airports […]

UK Data Watchdog Asks EU Regulator to Probe Facebook

UK Data Watchdog Asks EU Regulator to Probe Facebook

UK’s Information Commissioner has reportedly asked Ireland’s Data Protection Commission to investigate how Facebook targets, shows, and monitors the ads it serves to users, saying that there were fake political ads being shown on the platform. The lead supervisor for Facebook in Europe said that it would assess the information and decide what actions should be taken. Meanwhile, Facebook said that it regularly engages with regulators on its advertising tools which it says are compliant with EU’s GDPR. Source: Reuters

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

It was reported that the public databases of online political ads that Facebook and Google unveiled this year were able to provide the public, as well as campaigns, a broad view of how companies conduct their online political marketing. The data was able to show how quickly ad buyers remove ads that break platform rules. According to Reuters, of the 258 removed ads with start and end dates, ads remained an average of eight days on Google and 15 days on Facebook.      It was also revealed that in some cases, banned material such as hateful speech or images of […]

FCC Tells US Companies to Stop ‘Robocalls’

FCC Tells US Companies to Stop ‘Robocalls’

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told major providers and various other US companies to launch a system that would prevent the abuse caused by “robocalls” and other nuisance communication received by American consumers. According to YouMail, a company that blocks and tracks robocalls, there were an estimated 5.1 billion unwanted calls last month, up from 3.4 billion in April. Pai says that there is a need for call authentication so that consumers can answer their phones with confidence. He adds that hopefully such as system will be up and running by next year. Source: Reuters

US-CERT Issues Guide on Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices

US-CERT Issues Guide on Proper Disposal of Electronic Devices

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) published this week an official advisory detailing recommendations for the proper deletion of data from electronic devices that a user wishes to dispose of. The guide goes in depth into four steps of the process, namely backing up the data, deleting it, overwriting old data, then destroying the device, which is optional. US-CERT says that the instructions are universal and can be applied to computers, smartphones, tablets, cameras, media players, external storage devices, and even gaming consoles. Source: ZDNet

Zuckerberg: Apple is Facebook’s Biggest Competitor in Messaging

Zuckerberg: Apple is Facebook’s Biggest Competitor in Messaging

At an earnings call with investors this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the company’s biggest competitor in the messaging space is Apple’s iMessage, a built in service in the iPhone and other Apple devices. In response to Cook’s recent criticisms of Facebook, Zuckerberg said that one of the main reasons people prefer their services, especially WhatsApp, is because of its stronger record on privacy. Zuckerberg further explained that WhatsApp is completely end-to-end encrypted, does not store messages, and does not store the keys to messages in China or anywhere else. He also emphasized the importance of such measures […]

Facebook Expected Disclose Declining EU Numbers in Latest Report  

Facebook Expected Disclose Declining EU Numbers in Latest Report  

Investors are reportedly bracing themselves as Facebook is expected to report further declining user numbers in Europe as its most profitable markets show saturation despite worldwide growth. Deutsche Bank analysts point at the GDPR and the firm’s latest breach as the main reasons behind the declining numbers in Facebook’s most profitable region outside of North America. It was also reported that there had been a million less users in Europe logging in July, and last quarter was the slowest ever recorded growth for Facebook.    Facebook will also give an estimate on how much it will be spending next year, […]

China Urges Trump to Use Huawei Phone After iPhone Tapping Story

China Urges Trump to Use Huawei Phone After iPhone Tapping Story

The China Foreign Ministry reportedly suggested to US President Donald Trump that he use a Huawei phone instead, following a report by the New York Times which accused Russian and Chinese spies of eavesdropping on Trump’s iPhones. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying called the NYT report “fake news” and added that if the President should just shut off communications altogether if he was so concerned about the security of his iPhones. The NYT report also says that Trump is ignoring standard White House security protocol by using his mobile phone instead of landlines for telephone conversations.   Source: ZDNet

Facebook Pledges Support for US Privacy Regulation

Facebook Pledges Support for US Privacy Regulation

Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan confirmed this week that the company will back a comprehensive federal privacy regulation in the US. Speaking at a privacy conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, she said that Facebook will also back strong and effective privacy rules around the world. It was noted however, that CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who also spoke at the event via a video message, did not reiterate Egan’s statement. Instead, he largely repeated messages found in his previous speeches, which is about steps the company is taking to improve its privacy and transparency, and about the need to […]

Tim Cook Warns Against Weaponization of Data

In his keynote speech at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Apple’s Tim Cook warned against the the world’s data privacy crisis and said that the personal data of individuals are being weaponized with military efficiency. Congratulating Europe for the GDPR at the Brussels meeting, Cook said that the personal information trade has exploded into a data industrial complex and warned that the mass collection of such data amounts to surveillance. Without naming Facebook and Google, Cook added that the stockpiles of personal data only serve to enrich the companies that collect them. Source: ZDNet

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