The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a broadside against Amazon, warning that Amazon Rekognition - mixing big data, machine learning and facial recognition - could be abused by authoritarian regimes. Amazon has countered by saying that all users must "comply with the law."
European Parliamentarians finally had their opportunity on Tuesday to ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg questions about its data handling and privacy practices. But the session, which lasted roughly 90 minutes, turned into a somewhat frustrating flop.
With enforcement of the EU's GDPR set to begin on May 25, Australian organizations vary in readiness. Steve Ingram of PwC says it's not too late for companies to prepare for GDPR, but it will be too late to ask regulators for forgiveness if something goes wrong.
Following the disclosure of a flaw in the website of LocationSmart that could have been easily exploited to track the location of cellular phone users throughout the U.S. in real time, the Federal Communications Commission has referred the matter to its enforcement bureau for investigation.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced beginning May 25, has significant implications for how financial institutions worldwide handle customer data, says Brett King, CEO of Moven, an all-digital bank, who sizes up the challenges.
Following reports about U.S. companies that enable government and other users to access real-time tracking information for all major U.S. wireless carriers' subscribers, provider Securus Technologies has reportedly been hacked, while LocationSmart has fixed a data-exposing flaw.
The Trump administration has eliminated the top cybersecurity coordinator role in the White House. The decision has earned a sharp rebuke from lawmakers and former government officials, who say cybersecurity demands a greater - not lesser - prominence in the federal government.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, via a myPersonality test on Facebook, reportedly used data from 3 million users to power a spin-off company that delivered targeted advertising services. Facebook says the app is one of 200 that it's suspended for suspicious data handling practices.
Chili's Grill & Bar is warning customers that an unknown number of payment cards were compromised at an unknown number of corporate-owned locations earlier this year for a period of time it suspects lasted two months. Should Chili's have waited to alert customers until it had more information?
In an exclusive in-depth analysis, a panel of security experts sizes up key steps many Indian organizations still need to take to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced starting May 25.
Twitter has apologized after it discovered that it had been inadvertently storing users' passwords in plaintext in an internal log, potentially putting them at risk. Twitter has blamed a bug for the fault and recommends all users change their passwords immediately.
Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm that reportedly received data on up to 87 million Facebook users without their consent, shut down on Wednesday. The company had worked on the 2016 campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump. But its backers have launched a new firm, called Emerdata.
Fitbit and Google say they are collaborating to accelerate innovation and "transform the future" of digital health and wearables, leveraging cloud computing. Some observers, however, say the partnership also raises privacy, security and patient safety questions.
Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, is leaving Facebook. His departure marks another exit of a high-level privacy and security advocate. If Facebook continues to lose those who could better influence the social networking site's worrying views toward user data, what does that mean for the rest of us?