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China to Conduct Thorough Checks on Ride-Hailing Industry Through End of 2018

China to Conduct Thorough Checks on Ride-Hailing Industry Through End of 2018

China’s transport ministry is set to conduct thorough checks on the ride-hailing industry through the end of the year. The move was reportedly prompted by the safety issues plaguing the growing sector, which culminated in the murder of a passenger by a Didi driver. The ministry says that it will work with the police and implement standards that will ensure rider safety. Vehicles and drivers that are unable to meet the standards by the end of 2018 will be removed. This will significantly add to the mounting pressure on Didi Chuxing Technology Co. which has already committed 140 million yuan […]

Race for Digital Ad Dominance in India Tightens Between Google, Facebook

Race for Digital Ad Dominance in India Tightens Between Google, Facebook

According to recently released figures, Facebook is closing in on Google’s dominance in India’s ad market. The social network is predicted to generate around $980 million in ad dollars this year, while it remains to be seen whether Google can surpass its $1 billion revenue last 2017.       It is said that Google is pushing back with better ad-buying tools and localized services which are expected to boost the time spent by Indians on its services. However, a local ad-buyer credits Facebook’s increasing success to its more user-friendly platform, even though the company has yet to create features specifically for […]

Facebook Scores User Trustworthiness to Fight Against Fake News

Facebook Scores User Trustworthiness to Fight Against Fake News

The Washington Post said this week that Facebook is now using a system that scores users’ trustworthiness in its efforts to fight against misinformation. It was also revealed that the social media giant had developed the rating system as early as last year. The information was based on an interview with Facebook product manager Tessa Lyons, who is in charge of the firm’s efforts to identify malicious actors. Source: Reuters

Cookies and Data Privacy

Cookies and Data Privacy

That’s the Way the [Computer] Cookie Crumbles: Computer Cookies and How it Affects Data Privacy Websites nowadays are accompanied with a pop-up window that notifies the user that said websites use cookies for analytics, advertising, or optimal performance. It gives the user the option to consent to the use of cookies or to learn more about such cookies. Some notices would mention that it is pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a European Union (EU) regulation on the protection of consumer and personal information. If one does not consent, the pop-up will remain, and the user may not […]

Brazil Signs Data Protection Bill Into Law

Brazil Signs Data Protection Bill Into Law

Brazilian president Michel Temer signed a data protection bill into law this week which will be applicable to all organizations, public or private, that collect and process data in the country. Scheduled to be enforced within 18 months, the new rules will protect the data of individuals and businesses online and prevent the commercial use of information such as names, telephone numbers and addresses without consent of the subject. Those who fail to comply will be handed penalties that can range from 2% of company earnings up to 50 million reais.   Source: ZDNet

Google Boosts Local Partnership for Return to China

Google Boosts Local Partnership for Return to China

A new report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google had been increasing its partnership with local companies in China for years in preparation for its re-entry into the market. It was revealed that CEO Sundar Pichai had been cultivating partnerships with developers who had been using Google’s infrastructure, as well as companies using Google Ads to reach customers outside of China. The search giant had also been engaging in talks with Tencent on jointly offering cloud computing services. The WSJ also pointed out that the partnerships should show the ruling Communist Party that Google is contributing to local […]

Blockchain Technology in the fight against Cybercrime

Blockchain Technology in the fight against Cybercrime

The year 2017 saw the proliferation of cyber crimes[1], with ransomware being the most notorious of such crimes. The likes of “WannaCry” and “Bad Rabbit” took over numerous computers all over the world, threatening its users with harm, usually by denial of access to data. The attacker demands a ransom from the victim, promising – truthfully or not – to restore access to the data upon payment of “ransom”. The modes of cyber attacks are varied: hackers may use email attachments to embed malware, they may pose as customer support to obtain user log details or they may resort to […]

Singapore Pilots Use of Quarantined Servers to Reduce Attack Surface

Singapore Pilots Use of Quarantined Servers to Reduce Attack Surface

Singapore Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed this week that they are currently testing the use of quarantined servers to reduce the attack surface of the country’s healthcare systems. Gan said that using virtual browsers, which are physically or logically segregated from the computer’s OS, should help users browse more safely. The Minister added that the virtual browser pilot program, as well as the rollout of advanced threat protection, should be completed by the end of the month. Source: ZDNet

The Right to an Explanation under the DPA: A Tool for Making Algorithms Accountable

The Right to an Explanation under the DPA: A Tool for Making Algorithms Accountable

 The efficiency and objectivity that algorithms provide account for the growing reliance on algorithmic decision-making processes. Decisions that were historically made by humans are now made by algorithms: votes are counted, loan and credit card applications are approved, welfare and financial aid decisions are made, and visas are granted by computer systems.[1] These decision-making processes might lead to fairer decisions than those made by humans who may be influenced by greed, prejudice, or fatigue. However, they have been criticized for their potential to enhance discrimination and for their opacity. Even with the best intentions, data-driven algorithmic decision-making can reproduce existing […]

Australian Consumer Watchdog to Oversee New Consumer Data Right

Australian Consumer Watchdog to Oversee New Consumer Data Right

It was revealed this week that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been put in charge of overseeing the country’s new Consumer Data Right (CDR) which seeks to give Australians ownership of their data by providing open access to information on various services transactions. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that while the CRR is not intended to be a “one-stop shop” for regulation and control of consumer data, it is instead something that will give consumers the right to safely access their data that is kept by business and direct how it is shared. Sims also clarified that […]