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Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

A judge has dismissed a consumer’s complaint alleging that the developer of Pokemon Go violated Florida’s consumer protection law. Complaint stated that Pokemon Go collected too many data of users thus engaging in deceptive and unfair trade practices prohibited by consumer protection law.

Source: Pokemon Go Defeats Lawsuit Over Privacy Policy

Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Apps are using ad-tracking ultrasonic tones – audio signals that your phone can hear, but you can’t – build up a profile about you: what you’ve seen, where, and in some cases even the websites you’ve visited. While this technology is still in its early stages of development, it’s becoming popular.

Source: Hundreds of privacy-invading apps are using ultrasonic sounds to track you

Big Data analytics in Europe – the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

Some say that new EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not fit for modern age of Big Data, artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning. They assume that GDPR rules will kill Big Data in Europe.

While it is correct that GDPR will “level up” requirements, it won’t kill Big Data, AI or machine learning or make it illegal. GDPR will require business to about what they’re doing with data but will not prohibit from processing it.

Source: Big Data analytics in Europe – the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated

40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

Developer Stuart Colianni had built a a set of 40,000 facial images by scraping the Tinder dating service arguing that publicly available facial datasets are generally too small to be useful. Dataset with photos was published on Kaggle, but later deleted because of strong criticism.

Source: 40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Vickery is security researcher. His job is simple: find leaked and exposed data before the bad guys do. His work has resulted in protecting the personal information and privacy of tens of millions of people. In recent years Vickery has made more headlines than almost any other person, and yet his name remains unknown for many.

Source: Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Preparing to Comply with the GDPR: Start Now, Plan to Invest

In May of 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will take effect throughout the European Union. GDPR will set data protection standards for the EU and brings with it significant consequences for companies in EU or those who has business there. To understand the risk exposure, companies are currently in the process of assessing their compliance with the upcoming regulation in light of the potential maximum exposure.

Source: Preparing to Comply with the GDPR: Start Now, Plan to Invest

State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

On 19 April 2017, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a report on cybersecurity breaches and how they affected UK companies in the last year.

According to the report in the past year 51% of all UK businesses that hold personal data on customers identified at least one cybersecurity breach.

The report also indicates that a many of UK companies have not implemented comprehensive cybersecurity policies or strong safeguards to protect against cyber attacks.

Source: State of the Cyber Nation: UK Government Report on Cybersecurity Breaches

Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

Facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of WhatsApp users in Germany — for now.

In August last year, Facebook-owned WhatsApp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users’ telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user’s phone number, and screen resolution.

The idea was to improve Facebook’s ad targeting and to make it easier for the social network to suggest friend connections.

Source: Court to Facebook: Stop harvesting users’ WhatsApp personal data without consent

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