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  • Privacy is not a fad and, for people who value it, Signal represents a viable alternative: Brian Acton Jan 19, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    Privacy is not a fad and, for people who value it, Signal represents a viable alternative: Brian Acton

    People want to choose who owns their data instead of being told their only option is to comply, says Brian Acton, co-founder of the Signal Foundation, which runs the messaging platform. Signal, he said, has no ads, no trackers, no data. It is a non-profit whose motivation is to protect people and help maintain their privacy. And, he emphasises, it will never be acquired by a major tech company

  • Twitter, Facebook asked to explain ‘misuse of platform’ before Parliament's IT panel Jan 18, 2021 02:59 AM IST

    Twitter, Facebook asked to explain ‘misuse of platform’ before Parliament's IT panel

    The move comes amid data concerns after Facebook-owned WhatsApp notified users it would update it's data sharing policy (which it has now delayed due to intense backlash) and Twitter blocked accounts.

  • New WhatsApp Messenger Policy | Corporates issue advisories on use for official business: Report Jan 11, 2021 02:35 AM IST

    New WhatsApp Messenger Policy | Corporates issue advisories on use for official business: Report

    The messaging app last week said it is updating its privacy policy by January-end to allow sharing of user data with parent company Facebook

  • Google, Paytm summoned by Joint Parliament Committee on data security on October 29: Report Oct 23, 2020 03:19 PM IST

    Google, Paytm summoned by Joint Parliament Committee on data security on October 29: Report

    Facebook representatives were summoned on October 23, while Twitter officials have been asked to appear on October 28, sources said

  • New 'unpatchable vulnerability' found on Apple's Secure Enclave chip Aug 03, 2020 08:46 AM IST

    New 'unpatchable vulnerability' found on Apple's Secure Enclave chip

    Secure Enclave chip stores all sensitive data on the device to provide an extra layer of security.

  • Fake TikTok links injected with malware being spread via SMS and WhatsApp, warns Maharashtra Cyber Police Jul 08, 2020 12:24 PM IST

    Fake TikTok links injected with malware being spread via SMS and WhatsApp, warns Maharashtra Cyber Police

    The police found online fraudsters were sending links through WhatsApp and text messages to trap gullible netizens.

  • Apple iOS 14 feature catches Chinese app TikTok snooping on iPhone's clipboard Jun 29, 2020 11:03 AM IST

    Apple iOS 14 feature catches Chinese app TikTok snooping on iPhone's clipboard

    Users of Apple iOS 14 get a banner-like notification that alerts them when an app appears to be pasting from the clipboard. This enhanced privacy feature has identified that Chinese app TikTok has been snooping on iPhone's clipboard

  • LG Electronics latest victim of Maze Ransomware attack; hackers threaten to publish details online: Report Jun 26, 2020 02:58 PM IST

    LG Electronics latest victim of Maze Ransomware attack; hackers threaten to publish details online: Report

    The hackers have not revealed the number of devices they have encrypted and stated that private information will only be shared with LG’s negotiators.

  • Government issues advisory on potential phishing attacks against public under COVID-19 pretext Jun 22, 2020 12:18 PM IST

    Government issues advisory on potential phishing attacks against public under COVID-19 pretext

    The potential phishing attacks were expected to start on June 21 where cyber attackers are likely to use the email ID “ncov2019@gov.in.”

  • Cybersecurity attack: Your questions about what it is, its various types & how to be safe answered Jun 20, 2020 02:03 PM IST

    Cybersecurity attack: Your questions about what it is, its various types & how to be safe answered

    India has the second-largest internet user base, which is expanding day-by-day, it is thus essential to ensure high-level security and fill in any loopholes present in the network to avoid any kind of data breach

  • Google accused of tracking user browsing sessions via Chrome's Incognito mode in a $5 billion lawsuit: Report Jun 11, 2020 09:37 AM IST

    Google accused of tracking user browsing sessions via Chrome's Incognito mode in a $5 billion lawsuit: Report

    The complainants are seeking $5,000 for users as a monetary compensation under the violation of the Federal Wiretap Act and California Privacy laws.

  • What is VPN, what does VPN do, why should I use one and other questions answered Jun 05, 2020 02:23 PM IST

    What is VPN, what does VPN do, why should I use one and other questions answered

    A VPN connection brings in a lot of benefits related to data security, privacy, and also accessing geo-blocked content. Here's everything you need to know about VPN

  • Personal data of 2.9 crore Indian job seekers leaked on dark web: Report May 27, 2020 11:50 AM IST

    Personal data of 2.9 crore Indian job seekers leaked on dark web: Report

    The same threat actor who leaked the Aadhaar card details later dropped details of 18 lakh residents of Madhya Pradesh for free on May 19.

  • Unacademy data breach | 22 million users’ account details up for sale May 07, 2020 01:46 PM IST

    Unacademy data breach | 22 million users’ account details up for sale

    The database includes users from companies like Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant, Google and Facebook.

  • Aarogya Setu safety issue: Govt denies privacy breach of '90 million Indians' after hacker raises concerns May 06, 2020 09:39 AM IST

    Aarogya Setu safety issue: Govt denies privacy breach of '90 million Indians' after hacker raises concerns

    French hacker Robert Baptiste, who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter, had earlier tweeted about finding security concerns on the Aarogya Setu app.

  • Xiaomi accused of recording, sending data of millions of users to remote servers May 01, 2020 10:53 AM IST

    Xiaomi accused of recording, sending data of millions of users to remote servers

    The data was being compiled and sent to remote servers in Singapore and Russia hosted by web domains registered in Beijing.

  • COVID-19 | How the State must deal with citizen’s personal data Apr 27, 2020 10:46 AM IST

    COVID-19 | How the State must deal with citizen’s personal data

    The same privacy concerns in the Kerala government’s Sprinklr deal exist with the Union government’s Aarogya Setu app too. Anonymising data or even obtaining ‘informed consent’ hardly addresses these

  • COVID-19 | A boon and boost to the surveillance state Apr 25, 2020 10:22 AM IST

    COVID-19 | A boon and boost to the surveillance state

    It is mass testing for detecting the virus that is the answer, not mass-surveillance. The collective resources of the planet should be directed towards this end

  • COVID-19 | Why apps might not help track coronavirus patients Apr 15, 2020 01:32 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Why apps might not help track coronavirus patients

    There’s no app or smartphone yet that can run a swab test for COVID-19, or a blood test. The only thing technology can do right now is warn people if they have been in close proximity to an infected person.

  • Over 5 lakh Zoom user accounts being sold on hacker forums and dark web, some even for free Apr 14, 2020 04:31 PM IST

    Over 5 lakh Zoom user accounts being sold on hacker forums and dark web, some even for free

    The hacked accounts are being shared via text sharing sites where the threat actors are posting lists of email addresses and password combinations.

  • Zoom plans to fix security issues in 90 days, freezes feature-related updates Apr 03, 2020 11:48 AM IST

    Zoom plans to fix security issues in 90 days, freezes feature-related updates

    The company recently updated its iOS app and removed the code which sent data to Facebook even when users had not signed in using the social media website.

  • Zoom video calls aren't end-to-end encrypted; faces backlash over misleading marketing Apr 02, 2020 12:44 PM IST

    Zoom video calls aren't end-to-end encrypted; faces backlash over misleading marketing

    The company claims that it does not directly access, mine, or sell user data.

  • Apple iPhone, iPad vulnerable to snooping by third-party apps via iOS' pasteboard: Report Feb 26, 2020 12:23 PM IST

    Apple iPhone, iPad vulnerable to snooping by third-party apps via iOS' pasteboard: Report

    The company after its investigation stated that it does not see any issue in apps having access to the clipboard.

  • SpiceJet confirms data breach of 1.2 million passengers: Report Jan 31, 2020 01:08 PM IST

    SpiceJet confirms data breach of 1.2 million passengers: Report

    Some records include information of state officials

  • Data Privacy Day | Understanding the need to protect personal information online Jan 28, 2020 05:09 PM IST

    Data Privacy Day | Understanding the need to protect personal information online

    Jerome Anthony gets in conversation with Mukul Shrivastava, Partner Forensic and Integrity Service at EY, to find out how citizens can protect their personal data online and what their rights are when it comes to companies using their personal data.

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