US legislator joins international inquiry into disinformation on social media

An international effort to investigate  disinformation through social media platforms and tech giants has gained its first US legislator as a member, adding weight to requests for US-based tech executives to appear as witnesses before the committee, according to Tech Crunch.  The next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is set to […]

Facebook workers are transcribing private user conversations on Messenger

Facebook workers are transcribing private user conversations on Messenger

Facebook has admitted to revealing audio recordings of private user conversations to hundreds of outside contractors, hired to improve the accuracy of its artificial intelligence, according to revelations first disclosed in a Tuesday report from Bloomberg.  On Wednesday, the Irish Data Protection Commission, in charge of supervision of Facebook in the EU, said it was evaluating whether […]

Cambridge Analytica helped target UK voters ahead of the Brexit referendum, emails show

Cambridge Analytica helped target UK voters ahead of the Brexit referendum, emails show

The defunct political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica provided services for the Leave campaign ahead of the Brexit referendum, according to internal emails submitted to the British parliament. The findings directly contradict claims by Brexit groups Leave.EU and United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) that the firm did not help them target voters.  The emails, between Cambridge […]

O2 to launch 5G UK network, without Huawei’s help

UK telecom company O2 has announced the launch of its 5G mobile network this October, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, and Slough, according to BBC News. The following summer, it will expand the network to a total of 50 cities. The company will first deploy 5G in areas with capacity that is often pushed to […]

US fines Facebook $5bn over Cambridge Analytica, as Europe steps up data enforcement

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted last week to issue a $5 billion (€4.46 billion) fine against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which they claim that Facebook violated a prior agreement to not misuse consumer data. The move comes as European authorities levy increasingly large fines against companies over their handling of […]

UK mobile carriers are working with Huawei to build 5G networks, despite security fears

The controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei is working with the UK’s four largest mobile carriers to develop the nation’s next-generation 5G cell networks, despite accusations from US officials that the company could pose a security threat, The Guardian reported Saturday.  The move could spark tension between the UK and the US, which is taking a […]

Italy fines Facebook €1 million over Cambridge Analytica violations

Italy has issued a €1 million fine against Facebook for violations of its online privacy laws with last year’s Cambridge Analytica revelations, according to Tech Crunch.  In March of 2018, it was revealed that personal data had been collected from 87 million Facebook users, mostly without their permission or knowledge, by the political consulting firm Cambridge […]

Beyond Britain, Huawei makes inroads across Europe

After months of heated debate, Theresa May and her ministers have finally made a decision on how much of Britain’s new 5G network they are willing to entrust to Chinese multinational Huawei. In response to warnings from officials like defence minister Gavin Williamson, May’s National Security Council decided Huawei could participate in “non-core” aspects of […]

French startup Ledger wins Cyber Security Award at the CES 2019

When it comes to crypto-currencies, getting them is only half the battle. The other half is storing them and keeping them safe. There are many stories of unfortunate crypto-currency holders who misplaced fortunes. Several options exist to safeguard your crypto-currency and the most successful one just got a cool update.     Ledger: one of […]

Microsoft’s move to please devs: free private GitHub!

Last year’s acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft got quite a few standing in opposition on their hind heels. The Redmond giant is known for its opposition to open-source. And developers are known for their approval of open-source. Hence the fierce statements when the acquisition announcement was made. To start the year, Microsoft sends a nice […]