Topic: privacy

Microsoft and Harvard collaborate on differential privacy

Microsoft and the OpenDP Initiative at Harvard have collaborated on a new platform that will offer differential privacy for large datasets. Differential privacy allows researchers to analyze datasets without having important data withheld, while also preserving the privacy of that data, according to Microsoft.  “Differential privacy, the heart of today’s landmark milestone, was invented at … continue reading

Android 11 beta now available

Android 11 Beta is now available for early adopters and developers, offering new ways to connect devices and media and significantly improving privacy settings.  “You can now quickly access and control your smart devices in one place by long pressing on the power button,” Dave Burke, vice president of Android engineering, wrote in a post. … continue reading

Trust over IP Foundation launched to tackle digital trust

The Linux Foundation has announced a cross-industry coalition called the Trust over IP (ToIP) Foundation. ToIP was launched to enhance universal security and privacy protocols for consumers and businesses within the government, nonprofits and private sectors, and across finance, health care, and enterprise software. As businesses struggle to protect and manage digital assets and data, … continue reading

premium Facebook now gives users control over off-Facebook activity

Facebook is attempting to be more transparent over the user data it possesses. Under intense public scrutiny this past year, the company has made a number of updates related to data privacy, including privacy checks, alerts for third-party logins, and the ability for users to have more control over off-Facebook activity. According to Facebook, off-Facebook … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Facebook fined again for Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google’s privacy commitment and Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.4 preview 4

Brazil fined Facebook $1.6 million for their role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The country’s justice ministry said that the fines are tied to unlawful sharing of data from its users in Brazil. “It’s evident that the data of about 443,000 users of the platform were made available by the developers of the app ‘thisisyourdigitallife’ … continue reading

Data auditing is the future of data privacy

It has been over a year since the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into full effect to ensure the protection and privacy of an individual’s personal data. Following several high-profile data breaches and large fines being imposed as a consequence of non-compliance, this has sent shock waves around the world regarding the need for … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Visual Studio adds Live Share app casting and contacts, Rockset Partners with Tableau, Android 10 introduces privacy protections for physical activity

Microsoft introduced contacts in Live Share that enables developers to collaborate with recent and contextual collaborators in VS 16.4. In-built audio calling has also been enhanced. “With app casting your debugging sessions can be a powerful place to do real-time collaboration and make progress on hard bugs. With direct invitations and status sharing with contacts … continue reading

Google’s Privacy Sandbox creates open standards to enhance privacy

The need for more privacy while surfing the web has been a hot topic lately, and while some organizations are creating initiatives to bolster that need, Google found that an agreed upon set of standards was essential to steer user privacy in the right direction. To address this Google announced its Privacy Sandbox initiative.  The … continue reading

Facebook fined $5 billion over privacy breaches

The importance of data privacy is starting to get more serious. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced Facebook will be fined a record-breaking $5 billion penalty for violating its users privacy. This comes just days after the FTC and Equifax came to a $575 million agreement for its 2017 data breach.  RELATED CONTENT:  GDPR … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Facing the truth about privacy

Data privacy continues to be a concern as more of our lives are online, but it turns out it’s not only the Internet or hackers you have to worry about. Recent reports have revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are using state driver’s license databases to fuel their … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Facebook tips the scale with Libra

Last week Facebook revealed it was entering into the cryptocurrency space with the announcement of its global concurrency Libra. The word Libra is most commonly associated with the zodiac sign meaning balance and harmony. It is interesting Facebook chose this name because of all the different intricacies involved such as blockchain and privacy. Technology often … continue reading

Privacy as a service

Many Americans seem resigned to not having control over their data profiles on the Internet. As larger and more sophisticated data breaches are reported in growing numbers, and companies such as Facebook and Google engage in mysterious data activities, technology users are left not knowing who’s got their data, or what they’re going to do … continue reading

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