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FAST FACTS: FaceApp data privacy concerns

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:06 PM

An app that makes users look older creates some privacy concerns as it stores selfies on its server, and because of its origin

$5B U.S. fine set for Facebook on privacy probe – report

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The report says that the deal would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the FTC for privacy violations, though it still needs approval from the Justice Department before it is finalized.

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP


How much is your data worth to tech companies?

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The United States' DASHBOARD Act hopes to develop a way to find out the worth of personal data. A researcher says it's a more complicated task than it seems

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French consumer group launches class action lawsuit against Google

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The UFC-Que Choisir group says the goal of its class action suit is to 'end the insidious exploitation of users' personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros'

Facebook says CEO did not ignore personal data issues

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'We have fully cooperated with the FTC's investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files,' says a Facebook spokesperson.

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook F8 Conference. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP


Some news sites unintentionally collecting info for third parties – study

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A study published by the Center for International Media Assistance says that 15% of website cookies in the global south have no identifiable ownership

WATCH: International Grand Committee hearing on big data, privacy, and democracy

May 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

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International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation

May 28, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

Google will soon let users auto-delete app activity, location and web history

May 02, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The new feature lets Google Account holders choose how long they want their data to be saved – either saved and deleted manually, or automatically deleted if older than 3 or 18 months

TIMED DELETION. Google lets you set how long you want specific data about your usage kept in storage. Images from Google.

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Data privacy 101: How does one manage data breaches and security incidents?

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

When does a data breach need to be reported by a company? Privacy experts explain

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Porn in your pocket: What the law says about your naked selfies and sex videos

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:15 AM

What does the law say about that naked selfie that, in the throes of virtual passion you sent to your paramour? There are existing Philippine laws that protect your right to privacy, but there is big but.

FOI website data leak? Privacy commission investigating

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The government and the National Privacy Commission are looking into the issue of identification documents seemingly getting indexed on search engines

Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

UK Parliament calls Facebook 'digital gangsters' which violated privacy laws

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) British lawmakers' 18-month investigation into disinformation and 'fake news' also accuses Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia's alleged attempts to influence elections

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

German competition watchdog demands more control for Facebook users

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Germany's FCO rules that Facebook must change their system of shutting people out of the network who don't consent to their data collection activities


German competition watchdog to rule on Facebook

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has accused Facebook of collecting data from users on third-party websites where the Facebook 'Like' button is embedded

Duterte: Crush Abu Sayyaf by whatever means | Evening wRap

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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Data breaches are inevitable – here’s how to protect yourself anyway

Jan 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

University of Dayton cybersecurity experts suggest simplifying your approach by focusing on what information you most want to protect


Data privacy 101: What are privacy notices?

Jan 22, 2019 - 2:18 PM

A privacy notice demonstrates an organization's commitment to transparency and fairness when carrying out data processing


Apple's Tim Cook calls for privacy bill with right to delete data

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy – yours, mine, all of ours,' the Apple CEO writes in Time magazine.

PRIVACY. Apple CEO Tim Cook ask US legislators to pass a law strengthening data privacy. Photo by Shutterstock

[OPINION | Data Matters] Learning from DFA's passport data fiasco

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Threatening to autopsy persons responsible alive will not solve things. Only a thorough examination of problems would.

PH privacy commission to probe passport data loss

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The National Privacy Commission demands an explanation 'to the satisfaction of the law' after it was revealed that a former DFA contractor 'took away' Philippine passport holders' data

DATA PRIVACY. National Privacy Commission will summon the Department of Foreign Affairs, other concerned government agencies, and the alleged contractor for a possible data privacy issue on the data of Philippine passport holders. Rappler file photo

Warning from privacy commission: Don't share unverified info

Dec 22, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'If I were you, I wouldn't post the personal information of someone I wasn't sure about, under the flag of vigilante action,' says NPC official Francis Acero

EU gives U.S. two months to name data privacy ombudsman

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The EU says the US should 'nominate a permanent ombudsperson by February 28, 2019 to replace the one that is currently acting'


Digital data: Filipinos trust gov’t more than private firms, says survey

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Filipinos show seemingly contradicting responses to the survey, declaring 'high comfort' in sharing digital identities while leading the world in concerns over security issues

UNISYS SECURITY INDEX. Unisys Asia Pacific Vice President Lysandra Schmutter presents the 2018 Security Index on November 14, 2018

Cathay Pacific apologizes over data breach but denies cover-up

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Cathay Pacific's CEO and chairman both say the crisis 'was one of the most serious' in the embattled firm's history and would act differently in a similar situation in the future

CATHAY PACIFIC. In this file photo taken on March 15, 2017, Cathay Pacific employees work at their counters at the international airport in Hong Kong. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Data Privacy 101: What is a Privacy Impact Assessment?

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Learn more about privacy impact assessments and data protection impact assessments, and how they help foster mindfulness about data compliance in companies and organizations

Apple chief pushes for US privacy law

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Apple CEO Tim Cook applauds the European Union's efforts towards the protection of data privacy, especially its General Data Protection Regulation

COOK. Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California on October 27, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Tech start-up uses facial recognition for 'meaningful' ads

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Tech start-up AdMov installs tablets in the backseats of cars of ride-hailing services. The tablets then use their cameras to scan the faces of passengers.

Tumblr patches data-exposing privacy bug

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Tumblr says the it found 'no evidence that this bug was abused, and there is nothing to suggest that unprotected account information was accessed'

Facebook may get $1.63 billion fine in EU due to recent hack

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Less than 10% of the total number of those affected – or some 5 million EU Facebook users – are hit by the attack on Facebook, according to a tweet from the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC)

Facebook admits users' phone number may be used to target ads

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phone contacts who aren't necessarily on a user's Facebook network may be targeted too when a user syncs their phone with Messenger


Twitter bug may have exposed some users' customer service interactions

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Twitter says the bug only affected less than 1% of its users and that the bug has been resolved


Federalism, Duterte on Ampatuan, Boracay opening | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Concerns about the developers who built the apps or how the information people shared were used trigger the suspensions


Noynoy on Duterte’s health, GMA backs Duterte, Google | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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Google collects location data even if you turn off location setting

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Location data may still be collected via Google Maps and search even if a user has turned off a setting labeled 'Location History'

LOCATION HISTORY. With location history on, users can see a map of where they have been. Screenshot from Google timeline page


NPC assures public data privacy top priority in national ID system

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:38 PM

National Privacy Commission Chief Raymund Liboro says they will 'continuously press for the adoption of internationally accepted data protection and privacy standards in the implementation of the national identification system'

Data privacy 101: What businesses should know about systems registration

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Systems registrations requires companies to register their systems and processes that collect data from individuals


U.S in talks with Facebook and Google about online privacy rules

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:30 AM

In a post-GDPR, post-Cambridge Analytica world, the US may finally have a chance at regulating data use by tech giants – a scenario long forestalled by well-funded lobbying efforts by Silicon Valley

TECH REFOCUS. The White House is said to be turning its attention on tech titans again as it attempts to follow the data regulatory framework laid out by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. In this file photo, appearing from left to right are Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and then President-elect Donald Trump speaking during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. It was the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


UK slaps Facebook with 1st fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM

While the $664,000 fine is small for a $584-billion company, ongoing probes by US bodies may lead to fines amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars

FACING FINES. The social network is facing its first fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that led to the grave misuse of its data. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Timehop suffers data breach, 21 million users affected

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Timehop says some 21 million accounts were affected with a name and email, and 4.7 million of those accounts have a phone number attached to them

What you need to know: The people peeking into your Gmail

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Employees of 3rd-party app developers may have read your Gmail. Here's why you should care and what you can do.

Data privacy 101: What’s a data protection officer?

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Having a data protection officer is now a requirement for any company that handles user data. Here's what companies and prospective data officers should know about the position


California, home of Silicon Valley, ramps up online privacy law

Jun 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Business home pages will be required to provide clear links titled "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" that take people to opt-out pages


Florida marketing firm Exactis leaks info of 340 million people, businesses

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Vinny Troia of Night Lion Security – who discovered the leak – says the trove of Exactis information seems like 'a database with pretty much every US citizen in it'

Facebook, Google 'manipulate' users to share data despite EU law – study

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:20 PM

'These companies manipulate us into sharing information about ourselves,' the Norwegian Consumer Council's director of digital services, Finn Myrstad, says in a statement

EU's data rules may push improvements in PH cybersecurity – Trend Micro

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Any business that will involve EU citizens must comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, spurring Philippine companies to improve practices, says Trend Micro