Big Tech was trying to evade EU data privacy law, but couldn’t hide from AI

Some of the world’s largest technology companies might be breaking the European Union’s new data privacy law, according to an analysis of their policies conducted by artificial intelligence software. Researchers from the European Union Institute in Florence worked with the EU’s consumer organization to create the software. They then used the software to examine the… Continue reading Big Tech was trying to evade EU data privacy law, but couldn’t hide from AI

Not aware of misuse of user info by device makers, says Facebook

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday asserted that it is not aware of “any misuse” of user information including that of Indians, arising out of its agreements with device makers and that these partnerships were limited to creating Facebook-like experiences. Facebook’s clarifications assume significance as the US social media company had received a notice from… Continue reading Not aware of misuse of user info by device makers, says Facebook

One brand, many faces: Multiple influencers take off

Earlier this year, cricketer Sourav Ganguly joined LinkedIn as an influencer, following peers such as Sachin Tendulkar, who had taken the step last year. Ganguly and Tendulkar though were not the only ones to go down that road. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, industrialists Bill Gates and Richard Branson, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra and Canadian PM… Continue reading One brand, many faces: Multiple influencers take off

Apple tweaks App Store rules to save info of iPhone owners’ friends

Apple Inc changed its App Store rules last week to limit how developers use information about iPhone owners’ friends and other contacts, quietly closing a loophole that let app makers store and share data without many people’s consent. The move cracks down on a practice that’s been employed for years. Developers ask users for access… Continue reading Apple tweaks App Store rules to save info of iPhone owners’ friends

Did your private Facebook post go public recently? Blame this software bug

The private posts of around 14 million Facebook users were made public due to a software bug. The users, whose posts typically defaults to a preselected privacy setting, didn’t know that a simple message to a person is actually being shared with the general public due to this bug. This bug was active from May… Continue reading Did your private Facebook post go public recently? Blame this software bug

Apple shuns the tech industry’s apology tour

Sorry, Apple’s not sorry. There has been a theme at the tech industry’s big conferences this year: Facebook and other tech giants keep telling us that they’ve learned from their mistakes and are going to be a lot more thoughtful about the far-out stuff they plan on doing in the future. Apple has been cool… Continue reading Apple shuns the tech industry’s apology tour

Facebook allowed phone makers to access users’ data: Report

Raising fresh concerns about Facebook‘s privacy protection policies, a New York Times report has exposed how the social network allowed about 60 device makers, including Apple and Samsung, to access personal information of users and their friends. Even before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, Facebook had data-sharing partnerships with the device makers, the… Continue reading Facebook allowed phone makers to access users’ data: Report