Tag: Data Privacy

Facebook hired contract workers to transcribe private conversations

Facebook Inc. admitted to hiring hundreds of contract workers to transcribe users' audio clips. The workers transcribed Facebook users' recorded conversations that included vulgar content. They were not told where and how the audio was recorded or obtained, nor were they told what the company is...

Facebook admits to harvesting millions of email contacts without users’ consent

In the latest privacy issue concerning Facebook, the social media giant admitted on Wed (Apr 17) that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of 1.5 million users that signed up since May 2016. A security researcher noticed how Facebook used to request the email password...

Faulty facial recognition system on his phone costs man his entire savings

Facial recognition and similar biometrics systems are regarded as the next big step towards better security. For an unfortunate man in China, however, a faulty security feature cost him his entire life savings. The man identified only as Yuan noticed that all his money had...

China high school plays big brother with surveillance bracelets on students behaviour and location in and outside school

A high school in Guangzhou, China has recently drawn attention and controversy by acquiring electronic bracelets for 3,500 students. The wearable technology is designed to track the students’ locations and behaviour in school and outside of it. Students are mandated to wear the devices...

Database of Chinese “BreedReady” women exposed by hacker

An unsecured database of Chinese women containing their personal information was discovered by white hat hacker, Victor Gevers. The Dutch researcher revealed his discovery on Twitter. He said he was looking for open databases when he stumbled upon this one in particular. The database contained the...

PDPC makes about turn on 'Do-Not-Call Registry’ Rules

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) made several changes to the rules of Do-Not-Call (DNC) registry after banks and insurance companies pressurized PDPC into making concessions. In the original landmark proposal PDPC protected personal information from being stolen or indiscriminately used for marketing. It made...