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Twitter accidentally collected and shared some iOS users’ location data with a partner

Twitter revealed on Monday that a bug in its iOS app – which it has fixed – had caused users’ location data to be collected, even if the users had not chosen to share the data. The company said it accidentally shared this data with one of its partners. It did not name the partner, but... ...
Tags: Travel, Ios, Twitter, News, Privacy, Social Media, Cyber Security, Regulation, Privacy Breach


A year after outcry, carriers are finally stopping sale of location data, letters to FCC show

Reports emerged a year ago that all the major cellular carriers in the U.S. were selling location data to third party companies, which in turn sold them to pretty much anyone willing to pay. New letters published by the FCC show that despite a year of scrutiny and anger, the carriers have only recently put to end this practice. We already knew that the carriers, like many large companies, simply could not be trusted. In January it was clear that promises to immediately “shut down,” “terminate...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Verizon, Fcc, Privacy, Government, US, Sprint, T-mobile, AT&T, John Legere, Rosenworcel, Jessica Rosenworcel, Zumigo, LocationSmart, LBS Sprint


Aadhaar-based check-in using facial recognition is coming to Bangalore Airport this year

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport will introduce check-ins through facial recognition technology as part of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Digi Yatra initiative, reports Indian Express. To be implemented between in third quarter this year, passengers will need only a smartphone for... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Airports, Privacy, Surveillance, Policy, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Bangalore, Civil Aviation Ministry, Aadhaar, Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore Airport, Hyderbad, Digi Yatra


What we know about taking patient consent in India: Notes from SFLC round-table on IT in Healthcare

MediaNama attended a round-table discussion on April 27th by SFLC.in on policy enabling Information Technology in healthcare. The round-table aimed to discuss questions around current and future regulation, the effect of government policy and technical aspects of providing healthcare using IT.... ...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, Privacy, Government, India, Policy, Information Technology, Data Protection, Electronic Health Records, Consent, Ministry of Health, Medianama, Right To Privacy, SFLC


San Francisco bans agencies from using facial recognition technology

San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition technology by local government agencies, becoming the first US city to do so, reports the New York Times. The ban applies to 53 city departments, including the police, which doesn’t use the technology but had tested it from 2013 to 2017,... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, US, San Francisco, Surveillance, New York Times, Ban, Facial Recognition, Aadhaar, Anti-surveillance Ordinance


Facebook sues analytics firm Rankwave over data misuse

Facebook has filed a lawsuit alleging that South Korean data analytics company Rankwave abused its developer platform data and has refused to comply with a mandatory compliance audit, provide compliance proof, and heed requests to delete the data. Facebook’s lawsuit is focused on Rankwave... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Privacy, Social Media, Personal Data, Data Security, Data Analytics, Cambridge Analytica, Rankwave


Database with personal information of over 275 million Indians hijacked: Report

An unprotected database with personal information of more than 275 million Indians has been hijacked by hackers, who may have stolen all or some of the data, reports Bob Diachenko, a security consultant and journalist at SecurityDiscovery.com. Diachenko said he found the unsecured and publicly... ...
Tags: Travel, Security, News, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Personal Data, Mongodb, Bob Diachenko, Diachenko


Privacy at Google I/O: Incognito mode, delete activity data, federated learning, and privacy on Android Q

“Our work on privacy and security is never done, we want to do more to stay ahead of the constantly evolving user expectations”, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google’s annual developers conference I/O 2019. “We always want to do more for users, but do it with less data... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Android, News, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Google Maps, Sundar Pichai


Google will now let users auto-delete location data and web activity

Google will now roll out auto-delete controls for Location History and Web & App Activity and let users to decide how long they want their activity data to be saved – 3 months or 18 months. Any data prior to that will be deleted. Last year, Google was found tracking users’ location... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, Privacy, Data Protection, Location Based Services


Kerala govt offices to get biometric attendance system: report

The general administration department of Kerala has ordered the implementation of a biometric attendance system for all state government offices within the next six months, reports Mathrubhumi. All government offices, including educational institutions, that receive salaries through the SPARK... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Biometrics, Kerala, Aadhaar


Facebook will now shift focus to groups and events: F8 2019

Facebook announced an overhaul of its main mobile app today which emphasises on events and groups. As part of the company’s shift to a privacy-focused platform, groups will now be as central to using Facebook as friends. 400 million people worldwide are members of Facebook groups.... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Privacy, Internet, Social Media


Facebook could create new privacy positions as part of FTC settlement: Report

Facebook and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a possible settlement that would require Facebook to create new positions at the company focused on strengthening its privacy practices, Politico reports, citing an anonymous source. As part of the settlement Facebook would create a... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Legal, News, Privacy, Internet, Politico, US, Social Media, Settlement, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Cambridge Analytica, Data Leaks


WhatsApp at Facebook F8: “Sending money should be as easy as sending photos” – Mark Zuckerberg

“WhatsApp already has a strong privacy focus, the focus now is to build ways users may want to interact in the digital living room,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s annual developers conference F8 yesterday. By digital ‘living room’, he’s... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Privacy, Messaging, Whatsapp, Data Protection, Digital Payments, Data Localisation


Mark Zuckerberg declares that “the future is private”; notes on encryption, private messaging, secure data storage: Facebook F8 2019

Mark Zuckerberg opened Facebook’s annual developer conference F8 with the declaration that he believes “the future is private”. Reiterating Facebook’s apparent rehaul toward an interoperable privacy-focused service, something the company has announced in the past few months,... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Fake News


MeitY questions WhatsApp on plans to halt spread of child sexual abuse content

Concerned by reports that WhatsApp is being used to spread images and videos of child sexual abuse, the IT Ministry last Thursday ordered WhatsApp to reveal how it plans to stop the spread of such content, the Times of India reported. Separately, the National Commission for Protection of Child... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Messaging, Social Media, Whatsapp, Child Sexual Abuse, Times of India


BJP rep files PIL seeking to link social media accounts with Aadhaar

Ashwini Upadhyay, a BJP representative in Delhi, has filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court asking that the government ascertain the feasibility of linking Aadhaar with social media accounts to curb fake news, the Economic Times reported. Alternatively, the petition said, the... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, BJP, Social Media, Policy, Delhi, Passport, Economic Times, PIL, Aadhaar, Fake News, Ashwini Upadhyay


EU votes for common identity repository with biometric data of non-EU citizens

The European Parliament has voted to approve the interconnection of border security databases, towards the creation of a common identity repository (CIR) of all non-EU citizens, which will contain biometric and biographical information. The interlinking of databases will allow the police and border... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Eu, European Union, Surveillance, Policy, Biometrics, European Parliament, Cir


IT Grids had Aadhaar data from other states too, including 2 crore records from Punjab: Reports

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the IT Grids case has found that the company had Aadhaar records from “other southern states and a few states in north India” apart from 7.8 crore records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, The Hindu reports. These included at least 2 crore records from... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Personal Data, Data Protection, Punjab, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, UIDAI, Aadhaar leak, Aadhaar breach, Telugu Desam Party, Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR


UIDAI warns AP & Telangana of uploading land papers; Karnataka makes 5k students’ Aadhaar records public

The Unique Identity Authority of India’s (UIDAI) regional office in Hyderabad has asked the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to stop uploading property documents to their revenue websites as they were being used to illegally access Aadhaar data, reported the Times of India. An unnamed... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Government, Ap, Property, Personal Data, Data Protection, Fingerprints, Hyderabad, Documents, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy


The Afterlife of the Aadhaar Dissent: The Jamaican Supreme Court Strikes Down a National Biometric Identification – Gautam Bhatia

By Gautam Bhatia Justice Charles Evan Hughes’ famous aphorism, that a dissent is an “appeal to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of a future day”, has passed into legend. It was famously invoked by Justice H.R. Khanna, while concluding his dissent in the Habeas Corpus case. But... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Jamaica, Biometrics, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, Gautam Bhatia, Constitutional Challenge to Aadhaar, GuestPost, Jamaican Supreme Court, Gautam Bhatia Justice Charles Evan Hughes, H R Khanna


7.8 crore Aadhaar records on IT Grids’ database; CIDR possibly breached, Aadhaar data stored on AWS servers

7.8 crore Aadhaar records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were found on the hard disks of IT Grids Pvt. Ltd, the firm which operates the Telugu Desam Party’s Sevamitra app. The Cyberabad police last week lodged a FIR against IT Grids’ management, based on a complaint filed by the UIDAI’s... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Personal Data, Data Protection, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, UIDAI, Aadhaar leak, Aadhaar breach, Telugu Desam Party, Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR, Seva Mitra app


Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response to petition challenging Aadhaar Ordinance

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response to a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the recent Aadhaar Ordinance, reports LiveLaw. It gave the government until July 9 to respond. The Supreme Court had earlier this month refused to entertain the petition, which was... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, Biometrics, Delhi High Court, Aadhaar, Right To Privacy, Delhi HC, UIDAI, Constitutional Challenge to Aadhaar, Aadhaar Ordinance


ILO report on the Future of Work in Sri Lanka suggests regulating platforms, data governance, UBI, skilling in data science and cyber security

By Vedant Dev Sharma The International Labour Organization’s report on the “Future of Work in Sri Lanka: Shaping technology transitions for a brighter future” (download), suggests regulating the platform economy with a focus on worker welfare, and cites the Motor Vehicles Bill in... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Cyber Security, Labour, Sri Lanka, ILO, Gig Economy, Platforms, International Labour Organization, Vedant Dev Sharma


To combat trolls, govt moots linking social media accounts with phone numbers, official IDs: Report

The government is looking at ways to combat online trolls, including making it mandatory to link social media accounts with phone numbers or official IDs such as Aadhaar cards and passports, senior officials told the Economic Times. To safeguard privacy the data will stay with the intermediary and... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Social Media, Policy, Trolls, Passport, Economic Times, Aadhaar


Facebook denies conducting physical verification of New Delhi user for political post; some questions

A Facebook representative allegedly went to a user’s house for verification, asked for his Aadhaar Card and other documents, in order to verify that a post containing political content was written by him, according to a IANS report quoting an anonymous Facebook user from New Delhi. Its worth... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Policy, New Delhi, IANS, Lok Sabha Elections 2019


540 million Facebook records exposed via third-party apps; data included account names, likes, Facebook IDs and more

Over 540 million Facebook records were left exposed on the public internet via two third-party Facebook apps, reports cybersecurity firm UpGuard. The firm discovered two separate sets of Facebook user data on public Amazon cloud servers. One dataset linked to Mexico-based media company Cultura... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, News, Privacy, Internet, Mexico, Social Media, Data Breach, Personal Data, Cambridge Analytica


WhatsApp will soon let you decide who can Invite you to a Group

WhatsApp is now adding a new invite system to let users decide which groups they would like to join, reports NDTV. Currently, any WhatsApp user can be automatically added to any group without their consent; the new invite system will do away with this. The feature will begin rolling out to users... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Privacy, Internet, Messaging, Social Media, Whatsapp, NDTV, Fake News


Mark Zuckerberg actually calls for regulation of content, elections, privacy

It’s been a busy day for Facebook exec op-eds. Earlier this morning, Sheryl Sandberg broke the site’s silence around the Christchurch massacre, and now Mark Zuckerberg is calling on governments and other bodies to increase regulation around the sorts of data Facebook traffics in. He’s hoping to get out in front of heavy-handed regulation and get a seat at the table shaping it. The founder published a letter simultaneously on his own page and The Washington Post, the latter of which is an idea...
Tags: Travel, Social, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Washington Post, Government, Policy, Regulation, Facebook Ads, Christchurch, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Alex Jones


Report: Grindr’s Chinese owner Kunlun is selling the dating app after CFIUS raised personal data concerns

Grindr, the popular dating app for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, looks like it might be changing hands again, a year after it was acquired at a valuation of $245 million. According to a report in Reuters, Grindr’s owner Kunlun is looking for a buyer of the company after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) determined that having the app owned by a Chinese company poses a national security risk. Kunlun originally acquired a 60 percent stake in the compan...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Privacy, Government, China, US, United States, Opera, Bumble, Huawei, Grindr, Qualcomm


UK-India Business Council suggests ‘Common Data Agreement’ between the two countries

The UK-India Business Council’s (UKIBC) latest report titled ‘Data: The foundation of intelligent economies. India’s data protection and the future of the UK-India Tech partnership’ calls for a Common Data Agreement (CDA) within the UK-India Tech Partnership. The partnership... ...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Privacy, India, Data, Ai, CDA, Privacy bill, Data Protection Bill, Srikrishna committee, UK India Business Council, UKIBC, UK India Tech



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