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TikTok and WeChat: Chinese Apps Dogged by Security Fears

The United States has fired a new salvo in its rivalry with China, ordering sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat.Here are some key facts about the platforms:- What is WeChat? -WeChat, known as "weixin" or micro-message in Chinese, belongs to tech giant Tencent and has grown to become ubiquitous in daily life across
Publish At:2020-08-07 15:41 | Read:144 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Risk

Microsoft to Keep Exploring TikTok Deal After Talks With Trump

Microsoft announced Sunday it would continue talks to acquire the US operations of popular video-sharing app TikTok, after meeting with President Donald Trump who seemingly backed off his earlier threats to ban the Chinese-owned platform."Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J Trump, Microsoft is prepared to conti
Publish At:2020-08-03 07:27 | Read:78 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Risk

Bill Aimed at Ending 'Warrant-Proof' Encryption Introduced in House

Roughly one month after United States senators introduced a “balanced” bill that would require tech companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted user data, a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives this week.Referred to as the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, the bill aims to put a stop to criminals using “warrant-p
Publish At:2020-07-31 09:57 | Read:83 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Data Protection Track

India Bans 47 More Chinese Mobile Apps

India has banned 47 more Chinese apps just weeks after blocking the highly popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 others over national security and privacy concerns, an information ministry official and media reports said Monday.Tensions between the world's two most-populous nations soared last month after a Himalayan border clash that left 20 Indian t
Publish At:2020-07-29 07:46 | Read:84 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security Privacy Compliance Risk Management Mobile &a

Facebook Says EU Antitrust Probe Invades Employee Privacy

Facebook on Monday said it is asking EU courts to review "exceptionally broad" requests by antitrust regulators there that would scoop up employees' personal information.The US-based internet colossus maintained it has been cooperating with a European Commission antitrust investigation and will continue to do so, but that the wording of commission requests c
Publish At:2020-07-28 16:19 | Read:79 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Data Protection Priva

Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

Australia’s consumer watchdog launched court action against Google on Monday alleging the technology giant misled account holders about its use of their personal data.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s action in the Federal Court is the latest litigation Google has faced around the world over allegations of privacy breaches.The commission a
Publish At:2020-07-27 17:10 | Read:99 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Data Protection Priva

Regulators Urge Video Conferencing Companies to Improve Security, Privacy

In an open letter this week, six data protection and privacy regulators from around the world have asked video teleconferencing (VTC) organizations to focus on security and privacy-by-design.The regulatory community, which is responsible for ensuring the privacy of individuals worldwide, is concerned that the increased use of video conferencing solutions as
Publish At:2020-07-23 08:55 | Read:93 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Risk Management Data

Polymer Launches Solution to Avoid Data Leaks via Collaboration Tools

Polymer Launches With Solution That Automatically Redacts Sensitive Data Shared in Collaboration ToolsCollaboration security startup Polymer announced its official launch on Wednesday with a solution that automatically detects and redacts sensitive data shared by users in popular collaboration tools.Free apps are available for Slack, GitHub and Dropbox. Ente
Publish At:2020-07-22 16:30 | Read:128 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Risk Management Data

Germany's Top Court Reins in State Access to Online Data

Germany's highest court on Friday said security services had too much unfettered access to people's online data and ordered legislation to be revised to set higher hurdles.German intelligence services and police agencies currently have the right to ask telecom and internet companies for user info ranging from names and birth dates to passwords and IP address
Publish At:2020-07-20 06:45 | Read:154 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Data Protection Track

UK to Exclude Huawei From Role in High-Speed Phone Network

Britain’s government on Tuesday backtracked on plans to give Chinese telecommunications company Huawei a limited role in the U.K.’s new high-speed mobile phone network in a decision with broad implications for relations between London and Beijing.Britain said it imposed the ban after U.S. sanctions made it impossible to ensure the security of Huawei equipmen
Publish At:2020-07-14 12:35 | Read:177 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Wireless Security Compli

Top Trump Aide Warns of 'Strong Actions' on TikTok, Angering China

A top White House official said he expected President Trump to act firmly against the TikTok and WeChat social media apps, prompting an angry response from China on Monday.China dismissed White House trade advisor Peter Navarro's comments as "ridiculous and narrow-minded", and slammed the United States as "the world's real hacker empire" amid rising tensions
Publish At:2020-07-14 08:43 | Read:167 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cyberwarfare Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Compliance

Amazon Says Email to Employees Banning TikTok Was a Mistake

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake.“This morning’s email to some of our employees was sent in error,” Amazon emailed reporters just before 5 p.m. Eastern time. “There is
Publish At:2020-07-13 09:33 | Read:201 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Risk

UK, Australia Investigate Clearview Facial Recognition Firm

Privacy watchdogs in Britain and Australia have opened a joint investigation into facial recognition company Clearview AI over its use of personal data “scraped” off social media platforms and other websites.Thursday’s announcement by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner adds to the global reg
Publish At:2020-07-10 12:04 | Read:248 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Tracking & Law En

Google Updates Policies to Reject Ads for Spyware

Google this week announced that, starting next month, an update to its policy will effectively result in the rejection of ads for surveillance technology.The updated Google Ads Enabling Dishonest Behavior policy, which will “prohibit the promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another
Publish At:2020-07-10 12:03 | Read:264 | Comments:0 | Tags:NEWS & INDUSTRY Privacy Compliance Tracking & Law En

Huawei Urges UK Not to Rush Into 5G Decision

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei urged Britain on Wednesday not to rush into taking any costly decision to phase out its equipment from the UK's 5G network because of US sanctions.The plea followed reports of Prime Minister Boris Johnson receiving a damning security agency reassessment about the long-term safety of Huawei.The British review was triggered by new
Publish At:2020-07-08 15:35 | Read:229 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mobile Security NEWS & INDUSTRY Wireless Security Compli

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