Does social media fuel toxic politics and racial tension? We're still in the early of days of understanding the long-term effects of social media on society, but the early signs aren't good. It's time for social networks to take moral responsibility for content on their networks - even if they don't want it.
Police in Shanghai are investigating the apparent loss of 130 million customers' personal details from Huazhu Hotels Group. The data exposure may trace to the Chinese hotel group's developers accidentally uploading to GitHub access credentials for a production database.
Three months after the EU's General Data Protection Regulation went into full effect, the U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says that the number of data protection complaints it has received from individuals has nearly doubled.
Companies that want to continue doing business globally will need to take privacy much more seriously, especially in light of increasingly strict new laws, ranging from the California Consumer Privacy Act to the EU's GDPR, says privacy and security expert Michelle Robles.
A lawsuit accuses Google of "the surreptitious location tracking of millions of mobile phone users." The legal action was sparked by a report demonstrating that some Google apps tracked and time-stamped users' locations even if a user deactivated the "location history" setting.
An analysis of the privacy issues Amazon will face as it dives deeper into the healthcare business leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also featured: A preview of ISMG's Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
As Amazon expands its activities in healthcare, include a high-profile venture into the pharmacy business, the online retail giant will face a wide variety of important privacy issues, attorneys Jeffrey Short and Todd Nova explain.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Are federal regulators beginning to slack off on HIPAA compliance enforcement? While some observers say the lack of recent settlement announcements could signal the start of a lasting trend, others contend that HHS remains committed to aggressive HIPAA enforcement.
When it comes to the internet of things, balancing the need to protect privacy against the need for technological innovation, such as to improve healthcare, is proving challenging, says attorney Jean Marie Pechette.
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.