Apple reportedly working on satellite technology for direct wireless iPhone data transmission

Apple  is said to be working on satellite technology, having hired a number of aerospace engineers to form a team along with satellite and antenna designers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report notes that this is an early-stage secret project that could still be scrapped, but that the purpose of the team and its … Read more Apple reportedly working on satellite technology for direct wireless iPhone data transmission

Apple says its ultra wideband technology is why newer iPhones appear to share location data, even when the setting is disabled

This week, security reporter Brian Krebs asked why the newest iPhone 11 Pro appeared to be sending out a user’s location even when the user disabled Location Services in their phone’s settings, in conflict with Apple’s privacy policy and the express wishes of the user. Apple  told Krebs it was “expected behavior” and that there were no security … Read more Apple says its ultra wideband technology is why newer iPhones appear to share location data, even when the setting is disabled

LinkedIn Will Allow Economics Researchers to Mine Its Data

Once, Facebook allowed academic researchers access to its data. We know how that story ends: with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now LinkedIn, the professional social networking site owned by Microsoft, says it will open its vast trove of data to academic researchers. But the company, whose chief data officer, Igor Perisic, made the announcement in a blog post Monday, … Read more LinkedIn Will Allow Economics Researchers to Mine Its Data

Facebook to Pull Onavo Protect VPN App From Apple’s App Store Over Data Worry

Facebook will pull Onavo Protect virtual private network application from the App Store after getting word that it violates Apple’s data collection rules, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The free application creates an encrypted VPN connection that routes internet activity through computer servers managed and secured by Facebook. The app also alerts users when sites they visit might be malicious. … Read more Facebook to Pull Onavo Protect VPN App From Apple’s App Store Over Data Worry

Facebook Suspends Over 400 Apps Over User Data Misuse Concerns

Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared. Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used,” vice president … Read more Facebook Suspends Over 400 Apps Over User Data Misuse Concerns

Twitter Lite Android App, Optimised for Slow Data Connections, Launched in India

Micro-blogging platform Twitter has made its data-friendly Twitter Lite Android app available in 21 more countries, including India, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Built for 2G and 3G networks which are still in use in several parts of India, Twitter Lite has an install size of 3MB, saves data and space and loads quickly on unreliable networks. “While … Read more Twitter Lite Android App, Optimised for Slow Data Connections, Launched in India

Data Protection Bill a Deterrent for Businesses Who Wilfully Do Wrong: Justice B Srikrishna

The proposed data protection bill, making offences cognisable and non-bailable, is a deterrent for businesses who willfully do wrong as giant corporations can otherwise get away with flagrant breaches ‘merely by throwing the fine monies,’ Justice B Srikrishna has said. “Every modern statute has a criminal liability clause. That is a deterrent for those who will … Read more Data Protection Bill a Deterrent for Businesses Who Wilfully Do Wrong: Justice B Srikrishna

Facebook Bids to Keep Data Privacy Case From EU’s Top Court

Facebook bid on Monday to block referral of a landmark privacy case to Europe’s top court by requesting a last-ditch appeal, seeking to avoid a potential ban on the legal instrument it uses to transfer users’ data to the United States. The case, taken in Ireland by privacy activist Max Schrems, is the latest to question … Read more Facebook Bids to Keep Data Privacy Case From EU’s Top Court

Facebook Response to Government’s Data Breach Query Sought by April 7

The government today wrote to social networking giant Facebook, seeking its response over the user data breach and details of the measures it has put in place to ensure safety and prevent misuse of personal data. Meanwhile, Facebook said that it is taking additional steps which will be rolled out in coming weeks to put people more in … Read more Facebook Response to Government’s Data Breach Query Sought by April 7