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Parliamentary Committee Questions Twitter Executives On Data Security, Privacy

A parliamentary commission interrogated top Twitter executives over a whistleblower's claims about the company's India operations, and the responses on data security and privacy were "unsatisfactory." According to the reports, firm authorities contested the whistleblower's assertions and denied any data security breach in India. On August 26, top Twitter officials testified before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and… read-more

Sat, 27 Aug 2022 - 05:00 PM / by Vidhi Jhunjhunwala

Tags: parliament, Twitter, data security, Data Privacy, questioned

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Angry Birds Inventor "Rovio Entertainment" Accused Against Child Privacy

Hector Balderas, a New Mexico Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against "Rovio Entertainment", the inventor of the Angry Birds game and mobile franchise, in regards to privacy violation. Balderas's lawsuit claims that Rovio Entertainment has violated state privacy laws and the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act" (COPPA) by collecting personal information of children under 13 years of age. "Rovio Entertainment" has not yet commented… read-more

Tue, 31 Aug 2021 - 09:00 AM / by Balaji L

Tags: Video games, Data Privacy, Violation, Sued

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Zoom Breaches Data Privacy; Agrees For Settlement Fee Of $85 Mn

Following a lawsuit that was slapped on Zoom claiming it stealthily transferred the users' personal data to Facebook, Google, and Linkedin, the platform has agreed to pay a settlement fee of $85 million in the USA on August 1. The money will be used to set up ''a non-reversionary cash fund to pay valid claims, notice, any attorneys' fees.'' The settlement is yet to be approved by the court.

Mon, 02 Aug 2021 - 07:32 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: Zoom, VIDEO CONFERENCE, Video call, lawsuit, Data Privacy


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MobiKwik Plans Third Party Forensic Audit Over Data Breach Claims

Mobile payment application MobiKwik has announced a third-party forensic data security audit after claims of a data breach resurfaced. Reportedly, it has been claimed that the data of 10 crore MobiKwik users have been put on for sale on Darkweb. Denying the breach, MobiKwik stated, "All MobiKwik accounts and balances are completely safe.” However, mentioning Darkweb data, MobiKwik said that "any user could have uploaded her/ his information… read-more

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 - 04:55 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Data Breach, Mobikwik, cybersecurity, Data Privacy

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Apple Comes Up With Updated Platform Security Guide

Apple has released its largest platform security guide amid the ongoing debate on users' privacy protection by global tech giants. The 200-page guide is the detailing of Apple's data protection policy across all platforms. Indicating the company's commitment towards "keeping personal information safe", the guide read, "Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right.” The document is divided into different sections including hardware… read-more

Fri, 19 Feb 2021 - 10:30 AM / by Aman Tripathi

Tags: Apple, Data Privacy, End-To-End Encryption, Biometric

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Google Scraps User-Tracking Cookies Amidst Data Privacy Concerns

Amidst rising privacy concerns, tech-giant Google has started phasing out the traditional method of user-tracking cookies. Citing privacy issues, the web giant has unveiled an alternative method called the Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) to deliver personalized ads. Reportedly, FLoC ensures online anonymity and employs on-device processing to keep a person’s web history private. Moreover, Google is planning to test the FLoC approach with… read-more

Sun, 07 Feb 2021 - 08:08 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: Google, Data Privacy, personalised ads, cookies, FLoC

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WhatsApp Adds Security Layer Of Fingerprint, Face ID For Web Version

WhatsApp has announced to introduce new layer of security as users will have to authenticate via fingerprints or face IDs to link WhatsApp accounts to computer. The messaging platform explained that the users will get access to QR code scanner only once the authentication via the new process is completed. WhatsApp, however, assured that it cannot access the biometric information as it does not store such data. The feature will be launched … read-more

Fri, 29 Jan 2021 - 11:50 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: WhatsApp, Fingerprint, Face ID, Data Privacy, Technology

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CBI Books Cambridge Analytica For Facebook Data Theft

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Limited (GSRL) for purpotedly amassing the personal data of 5.62 lakh Indian Facebook users. In 2018, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had apprised a CBI inquiry into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data theft case. The probe disclosed that GSRL illegally harvested data and shared it with Cambridge Analytica, who allegedly used the data to… read-more

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 - 03:04 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: Facebook, Data Privacy, Cambridge Analytica, cbi probe, Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Govt Writes To WhatsApp CEO, Asks Withdrawal Of Privacy Update

The Indian government on January 19 asked WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart to scrap the controversial privacy policy update. In a January 19 letter, the IT Ministry emphasised on the vulnerabilities of Indians due to security risk and warned WhatsApp of sharing sensitive data with Facebook. It also denounced WhatsApp's ‘accept-the-terms-or-leave-the-platform’ stance saying it "betrays a lack of respect for the rights and interests” of Indians as… read-more

Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - 10:28 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, ministry of electronics and information technology, Data Privacy

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Signal App Faces Glitch After It Added Huge Users

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Signal Suffers Outage Owing To Influx Of Millions Of New Users

The messaging app Signal on January 15 faced a mass outage after millions of subscribers flooded towards it following the WhatsApp's privacy row. Subsequently, users of Signal faced disruptions in messaging services of the app. Citing technical difficulties as reason, Signal acknowledged the problem and assure to resolve it. "Privacy is our priority, but adding capacity is a close second right now," it said. Reportedly, nearly three million… read-more

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 - 01:30 PM / by Archita chakraborty

Tags: Signal App, WhatsAppDown, Data Privacy

Courtesy: Business Today