The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of the missteps that led to problems with the app used in this week's Democratic presidential caucuses in Iowa. Also featured: growing privacy concerns about facial recognition and business continuity tips for dealing with the coronavirus.
Facebook scientists have proposed using "radioactive data" watermarks to identify when online images get used to train neural networks. The proposal appears to be aimed at the rise of big data startups, such as Clearview AI, that are scraping publicly available photographs to create facial recognition tools.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission is launching an investigation into how Google uses customer data for its location services after the privacy watchdog received numerous complaints from consumer rights organizations across the European Union.
The European Union appears to be moving toward dropping a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public places, according to news reports. Some technology experts had argued that a temporary ban would be impractical and ineffective in preventing abuse.
The government of India is testing a new instant messaging service for government officials to help ensure the confidentiality of official communications and prevent the leaking of sensitive information.
Scammers are blackmailing users of infidelity-focused dating site Ashley Madison using leaked data from 2015, warns security firm Vade Secure. The sextortion shakedown is a reminder that while data breaches may be a blip for corporate entities, for individual breach victims, the impact may last forever.
Anti-virus giant Avast is shuttering Jumpshot, its data collecting side business that has been funneling detailed internet browsing activity from the company's security products and browser extensions to marketers, after a probe by PCMag and Motherboard found the company was failing to fully anonymize data.
Many companies that should be offering customers the ability to "opt out" of the sale of their information under the California Consumer Privacy Act are failing to do so because of the law's ambiguities, some legal experts say. CCPA went into effect Jan. 1, but it won't be enforced until July.
U.K. officials reportedly are considering a proposal to allow China's Huawei to play a limited role in providing certain equipment for the country's 5G rollout, which would defy calls from the U.S. for a complete ban of telecom gear from the company.
It's a seductive story line: A chat app belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince is used to deliver malware to an American billionaire's phone. But a forensic investigation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone raises more questions than it answers.
Microsoft accidentally internet-exposed for three weeks 250 million customer support records stored in five misconfigured Elasticsearch databases. While the company rapidly locked them down after being alerted, it's an embarrassing gaff for the technology giant, which has pledged to do better.
Apple previously scuttled plans to add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups, Reuters reports, noting that such a move would have complicated law enforcement investigations. But the apparent olive branch hasn't caused the U.S. government to stop vilifying strong encryption and the technology giants that provide it.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai is supporting an EU proposal for a temporary ban on the use facial recognition technology in public areas and is calling for government regulation of artificial intelligence.
The Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow all banks to use remote video-based "know your customer" authentication for onboarding new clients. But some observers say many Indian banks may prove reluctant to use video KYC because they lack the necessary technology and new customers lack smartphones.