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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

The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance

Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, theAtlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

Source: The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance – CityLab

Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

 

Cybersecurity pioneer and creator of famous antivirus program, John McAfee, has revealed plans to produce John McAfee Privacy Phone – the “world’s first truly private smartphone.” He claims it will be the most hack-proof smartphone ever manufactured.

Source: Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

On April 26 Symantec released its Internet Security Threat Report. It states that in the last eight years, more than 7.1 billion identities have been exposed in data breaches globally, which is almost the equivalent of one for every person on the planet.

According to the report US had 1,023 breaches in 2016, topping the list of breaches by country. India, at the same time, had only eight breaches.

Report also reveals that the number of data breaches actually dropped in 2016 to 1,209, compared with 1,211 breaches in 2015.

Source: 1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has launched domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity. Njalla acts as middleman adding extra layer of protection – customers don’t buy the domain names themselves, they let the Njalla do it for them.

Source: Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.

Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.

Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.

Source: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

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

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

Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

Almost two-thirds of American consumers welcome advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity is among the areas where assistance from AI has the most appeal, according to a new survey.

Sixty-three percent of consumers agree AI will “help solve complex problems that plague modern societies,” according to the survey, published Tuesday by the accounting and consulting firm PwC. When respondents were asked about different kinds of issues that AI might help with, 68 percent highlighted cybersecurity and privacy, while 66 percent chose its importance in helping to solve cancer and other diseases and 71 percent agreed AI could provide educational help to disadvantaged schoolchildren.

Source: Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

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