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Apple to streamline user data request process for police

Apple plans to make it easier for police to request and access its users’ data, and will put together a team to help law enforcement know what data they can and cannot request. Last year, Apple received and responded to 14,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies, including 231 that were classified as “domestic emergency requests.” The company divulged this ...

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Chat app Line hopes its own crypto token can solve its user growth problem

Line, the Japanese messaging app firm that’s best known for its cutesy characters and stickers, is pushing deeper into crypto after it launched its own token to help grow its stagnant user base. Line went public two years ago with 218 million monthly active users, but it hasn’t been able to kick on. The company no longer gives out its worldwide user number, but ...

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Burger King Russia facing probe over reports of unsolicited user data collection

Russia’s state internet watchdog says it will launch an investigation into the Burger King fast food franchise after customers complained about the company’s attempts to collect their personal data. “We have included Burger King into our inspections plan for the next year. All consumers’ complaints that did not fall under our responsibilities were forwarded to our colleagues from the agency ...

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Twitter vows to continue spam fight despite negative impact on user numbers

Twitter has no intention of easing up on its fight against spam users and other factors that jeopardize the “health” of its service, despite the approach costing it three million in ‘lost’ monthly active users. Investor panic sent Twitter’s stock price down by nearly 20 percent in early trading today following its latest financial report. Twitter posted a record profit ...

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Apple’s iCloud user data in China is now handled by a state-owned mobile operator

If you’re an Apple customer living in China who didn’t already opt out of having your iCloud data stored locally, here’s a good reason to do so now. That information, the data belonging to China-based iCloud users which includes emails and text messages, is now being stored by a division of China Telecom, the state-owned telco. The operator’s Tianyi cloud storage business ...

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Facebook independent research commission, Social Science One, will share a petabyte of user interactions

Back in April, Facebook announced it would be working with a group of academics to establish an independent research commission to look into issues of social and political significance using the company’s own extensive data collection. That commission just came out of stealth; it’s called Social Science One, and its first project will have researchers analyzing about a petabyte’s worth ...

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Twitter’s CFO clarifies that its second-quarter user metrics won’t be affected by fake account purge

After a Washington Post report last week that Twitter’s fake account purge might affect its second-quarter user numbers, Twitter’s chief financial officer said on Monday that the clean-up will not affect its metrics. In a tweet, Ned Segal explained that most of the suspended accounts were less than 30 days old or caught at sign up and therefore never counted. ...

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DNA testing service reveals 92mn user accounts have been breached

Genealogy and DNA testing service My Heritage has revealed that the details of more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach. Emails and hashed passwords of users who registered for the service, up to and including October 26, 2017 – the date of the breach, were found on a private server, the company confirmed Monday. ...

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How much: Facebook user puts personal data up for sale to highest bidder

An entrepreneurial Facebook user who tried to cash in on his own data, by putting it up for auction on Ebay, appears to have had his pioneering plan stopped in its tracks. Oli Frost posted an advert to Ebay on Saturday offering the entire contents of his downloaded Facebook file to the highest bidder. “Everyone else’s making money off it, ...

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Kim Dotcom threatens Twitter class action over user password exposure

Kim Dotcom has threatened to sue Twitter in a class-action lawsuit after the social network admitted to accidentally storing its users’ passwords after an “internal glitch.” Twitter urged their 330 million users to change their passwords on Thursday after discovering a “bug,” which stored their users’ unmasked passwords in an internal log for months. They didn’t specify exactly how many ...

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