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Privacy will disappear within next 20 years, experts predict

The Global Trends 2040 report envisions a rough ride ahead for the planet, with accelerating contests over resources, governments struggling to meet citizens’ aspirations and increased fragmentation of communities.

“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic marks the most significant, singular global disruption since World War II, with health, economic, political and security implications that will ripple for years to come,” says the report by the National Intelligence Council, which charts likely global trends over the next 20 years.

Source: Covid-19 Fuels Inequality, Political Divide, Authoritarianism World-Wide, U.S. Intelligence Analysts Say – WSJ

Study Shows Consumers Don’t Understand How Their Data Is Used

The ad industry continues to roll out new protocols around online data and consumer privacy. LoopMe surveyed consumers to find out if they’re really aware of the changes, and what they thought.

As it shows, consumers do not believe their online data is secure and don’t understand how it is used.

  • 58% of U.S. consumers do not believe their online data is more secure than it was a year ago, compared with one in two UK consumers.
  • 15% have a clear understanding around how companies use their online data for advertising, compared with 18% in the UK.
  • 34% do not read website cookie and privacy policies before continuing with content browsing or video viewing, compared with 48% in the UK.

Full article: Study Shows What Consumers Understand About Changing Ad Preferences, Data Regulations 03/31/2021

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Google’s Pixel and Apple’s iPhone both in privacy hot seat for siphoning mobile device data without consent.

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

The research, entitled Mobile Handset Privacy: Measuring The Data iOS and Android Send to Apple And Google (PDF), also found that Google collects up to 20 times more data from its Android Pixel users compared to the amount of data that Apple collects from iOS users.

Source: Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out | Threatpost

Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes

Android handsets and iPhones share data with their respective companies on average every 4½ minutes, with data being sent back even when idle in a pocket or handbag, according to a new academic study.

The study, which was published by Prof Doug Leith at Trinity’s Connect Centre, claimed iPhones offered no greater privacy than Google devices.

However, the study noted that Google handsets collected “a notably larger volume of handset data than Apple” with 1MB of data being sent from idle Google Pixel handsets every 12 hours, compared with 52KB sent from the iPhone.

Source: Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes, says study

TikTok Doesn’t Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security

A new study by university cybersecurity researchers found that the computer code underlying the TikTok app doesn’t pose an overt national security threat to the U.S., which had been a concern of the Trump administration.

Released Monday by the University of Toronto cybersecurity group Citizen Lab, the report comes after government officials in multiple countries, including in the administration of former President Donald Trump, suggested the popular Chinese-owned short-video app could aid Beijing in spying overseas.

Citizen Lab, which releases regular reports on censorship and surveillance by Chinese social media apps, found no evidence of “overtly malicious behavior” after a technical analysis of TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd.

Source: TikTok Doesn’t Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say – WSJ

More Mac malware was detected last year than ever before

There has been a significant increase in the amount of malware targeting macOS devices over the past 12 months, new research has claimed.

A report from Atlas VPN found that the development of macOS malware surged by 1,092% in 2020 as hackers increasingly targeting Apple’s computing devices, including the all-new M1 Macs.

Overall, 674,273 new malware samples were detected in 2020 – a huge rise from the previous year, when there were only 56,556 samples detected.

Source: More Mac malware was detected last year than ever before | TechRadar

Ranking Digital Rights flunks the tech giants

A new report on the human-rights policies of 26 tech and telecom firms around the world delivers a harsh verdict: From Alibaba to Vodafone, they all get an F.

The 2020 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index, as previewed in advance of its Wednesday posting, blames this collective failure to get “even close to earning a passing grade” on widespread opacity among these firms in how they analyze, promote, and demote the speech of their customers for marketing, advertising, and content-moderation purposes.

Source: Ranking Digital Rights flunks 26 tech firms and telcos

Brazilians mostly unaware of data protection regulations

Despite concerns over potential misuse and lack of trust, research has found consumers are not questioning corporate practices around personal data handling.

The survey carried out by Brazilian credit intelligence company Boa Vista with over 500 consumers between August and September 2020 suggests that over 70% of those polled do not know what the General Data Protection Regulations are.

The vast majority of the consumers polled (90%) feel their personal information is not protected appropriately by the companies requesting them, while 77% have expressed concerns over potential misuse of their data. Of the Brazilian consumers surveyed, 40% said they have been victims of fraud.

Source: Brazilians mostly unaware of data protection regulations | ZDNet

Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones

A new survey found widespread concern among Americans about government tracking of their whereabouts through their digital devices, with an overwhelming majority saying that a warrant should be required to obtain such data.

A new Harris Poll survey indicated that 55% of American adults are worried that government agencies are tracking them through location data generated from their cellphones and other digital devices. The poll also found that 77% of Americans believe the government should get a warrant to buy the kind of data.

Source: Most Americans Object to Government Tracking of Their Activities Through Cellphones – WSJ

UK businesses face aggregate costs of up to 1.6 billion if no adequacy decision post-Brexit transition period, report finds

The cost to UK businesses of not receiving an adequacy decision from the European Commission could total between £1 billion and £1.6 billion, according to a new report by think tank New Economics Foundation and UCL European Institute.

The report, compiled from interviews with 60 EU and UK legal professionals, data protection officers, business representatives and academics, estimates average costs for impacted businesses could reach £3,000 for a micro business, £10,000 for a small business, £19,555 for a medium business and £162,790 for a large business.

Source: UK businesses face aggregate costs of up to 1.6 billion if no adequacy decision post-Brexit transition period, report finds

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