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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


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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


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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

Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Huawei responds to security concerns raised by US authorities, saying that they didn't collect or store any Facebook user data, and that the partnership was only to make Facebook services more convenient for users

HUAWEI. The Chinese firm is among the many device makers Facebook has data partnerships with. The Facebook-Huawei deal, however, is facing closer scrutiny as US lawmakers have flagged the Chinese brand over suspected security concerns. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Facebook deals with Huawei draw ire from U.S. lawmakers

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Facebook counters, saying its deal with phone makers – which also includes other Chinese firms Lenovo, OPPO, and TCL – placed tight limits on what could be done with data


Facebook 'not aware of any abuse' of data by phone makers

Jun 05, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Facebook does not deny the Times story but says it 'disagreed' with the issues raised

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen in London, 12 December 2007. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Landmark EU law is new weapon for data protection activist Schrems

May 26, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Max Schrems files 4 complaints with regulators under the General Data Protection Regulation laws against some of the tech world's biggest names

MAX SCHREMS. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

NPC to launch campaign against 'careless use of online services'

May 23, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The yearlong campaign is called 'PSST!' or 'Privacy, Safety, Security, and Trust online'


'I'm sorry,' Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives 'haven't done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm'

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the European Parliament on May 22, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Explainer: 5 main rights that EU's new data privacy laws aim to uphold

May 14, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be regarded as a model for data privacy policies across the world

DATA PROTECTION. The EU implements its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in late May


Jollibee delivery website suspended over 'serious vulnerabilities'

May 08, 2018 - 9:13 PM

(UPDATED) The National Privacy Commission orders the suspension, saying that around 18 million users of Jollibee's delivery website are at risk


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May 08, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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Twitter urges users to change 'unmasked' passwords

May 04, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The social media site says there are no signs that hackers accessed passwords which were exposed due to a software bug, but better to be safe than sorry

Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal

May 03, 2018 - 7:19 AM

'Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully... the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers,' says the company

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

In an update to its terms of service, WhatsApp says the minimum age for users outside the EU is still 13 years

Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Aleksandr Kogan explains, 'Back then we thought it was fine... I think that core idea that we had – that everybody knows and nobody cares – was fundamentally flawed. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry'

DATA SCANDAL. The shared building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica are pictured in central London on March 21, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Cambridge Analytica used other quiz apps to harvest Facebook data, says ex-employee

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

New information coming out of a UK committee investigation suggests other quiz apps used by the research firm may have compromised far more than the 87 million Facebook users estimated

BRITTANY KAISER. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account,' says product management director David Baser

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook beyond Zuck

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even if Facebook hired millions of content moderators, they are no match to the vetting capacity and breadth of its very capable and knowledgeable users, who should now engage Facebook more aggressively and intelligently

PH privacy commission to probe Facebook after data scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The National Privacy Commission wants Facebook to submit documents that would help establish the scope and the effects of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal in relation to Filipino users

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Why the Cambridge Analytica scandal matters to Filipinos

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Find out, in a nutshell, how the political consulting firm's activities impact not only global democracy but even recent elections in the Philippines

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for March

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what it means for the public: Malacañang's ban on Rappler, the quo warranto petition to remove Sereno, and state surveillance in the Philippines