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Makabayan bloc seeks House probe into StaySafe's data privacy issues

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:07 PM

'From the process of selection, effectivity, and data privacy, the interests of the Filipino people are put to great risk,' say progressive lawmakers pushing for the investigation

Unauthorized disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ identities continues

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Privacy breaches are committed by health workers, local government units, ordinary citizens, says the National Privacy Commission, which is investigating cases

[OPINYON] App, app, and away!

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Naniniwala akong kahit anong warning ng mga eksperto, hangga’t hindi inabuso ang data natin, hangga’t malayo sa ating bituka, tuloy-tuloy ang paglipana at pagtangkilik sa mga app na ito

Google loses appeal against 50-million-euro French fine

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Council of State, a French government body that is also the court of last resort for matters of administrative justice, confirms a 2019 ruling by the CNIL, the French data watchdog

National Privacy Commission to meet with Facebook on impostor accounts

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:29 AM

Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro invites Facebook representatives to a meeting 'to seek information regarding the numerous reports of impostor Facebook accounts'

[OPINYON] Hindi ito ang panahon para bumitaw ka sa Facebook

Jun 13, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Kung may kalokohang gagawin o ipo-post ang kapangalan mo, mabuting active ang iyong tunay na account. Madaling maipapakita sa sinumang praning na awtoridad na may bukod-tangi at pumipintig kang account. Buhay na buhay.

Task force orders StaySafe developer to give users' data to DOH

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

IATF-EID warns it will revoke StaySafe's official status if the developer does not comply with new directives. Yet it was the task force itself that endorsed the app before it went through technical vetting.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

StaySafe developer says Rio accusations 'unfair'

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

But Multisys CEO David Almirol Jr admits technical and privacy assessments were not yet completed when the government adopted and promoted StaySafe

Will Facebook dummy account probe look at govt too? DOJ says 'all angles'

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The DOJ promises it will not misuse user data that will be submitted to them in the course of an investigation

U.P. Cebu confirms data breach on its Student Evaluation on Teaching system

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The names and passwords to access a site used to let students rate the performance of their lecturers and professors are made public in the breach

‘Doomsday’ warning for San Beda University resurfaces

Jun 05, 2020 - 12:41 PM

The university has a 72-hour window to send a notification to affected data subjects, according to the National Privacy Commission’s policies

Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Qatar tracing app flaw exposed 1M users' data – Amnesty International

May 27, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Data exposed in the flaw includes users' ID numbers, location and infection status, vulnerable to hackers

CORONAVIRUS. A field hospital set up by Qatari authorities to treat people infected with the coronavirus Covid-19 is pictured here, dated May 11, 2020 in Doha. File photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Canada fines Facebook over misleading privacy claims

May 20, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Canada's competition watchdog says Facebook made Canadians believe that they were in control of their data while the company allowed data to be shared with 3rd party developers

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia.  Olivier Douliery/AFP

Data privacy musts while working from home

May 04, 2020 - 1:33 PM

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Lessening data privacy risks in the work-from-home era according to an expert

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:34 PM

Kevin Shepherdson, CEO of data privacy platform solutions provider Straits Interactive, shares his advice for employers and employees on creating a safe working-from-home environment during the coronavirus crisis

Zoom rolls out new measures as security fears mount

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Zoom is rolling out a bug bounty program, and a toolbar for easily accessing features such as locking chats from strangers, and making meeting password requirements a default setting

NPC: Gov't agencies must collect 'only necessary data' for relief operations

Apr 04, 2020 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) The National Privacy Commission says employers are not required to obtain consent from their employees when sharing data with the government for the relief program

RELIEF. Food aid is distributed to the residents of Navotas City. Photo from Navoteño AKO! Facebook page

Zoom under scrutiny in U.S. over privacy, porn hacks

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Some sessions are being 'Zoom-bombed' by porn, hate images, and threatening language

ZOOM. The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Things to know before sharing others' personal info amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:48 PM

The health department must continue performing its role and make that crucial call on what information is necessary to release to the public, says the National Privacy Commission

A DOH personnel checks body temperatures of motorists as policemen inspect their identification at a checkpoint along the boundary of Muntinlupa and San Pedro, Laguna during the start of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore make use of high-tech solutions to track the coronavirus

TRACKING BAND. On March 18, Hong Kong authorities began ordering all arrivals from overseas to wear electronic bracelets, connected to an app to mark your location, and two weeks self-quarantine. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Google and Tinder probed over use of data in EU

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

Regulators check if the companies have a 'valid legal basis for processing' user data

NPC suspends Grab's selfie, audio, video recording systems

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:05 AM

The National Privacy Commission says Grab 'did not sufficiently identify and assess the risks posed by these systems on the rights and freedoms' of its passengers

SUSPENDED. Grab's in-car audio and video recording were suspended 3 weeks into its pilot testing. Photo from Ana Sanchez's Facebook

China slams Xiaomi, tech giants for app privacy violations

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

China, which amasses its own collection of personal data, has recently tightened its scrutiny of companies that gather data from consumers

HYPOCRISY? China itself required telecom operators to collect face scans when registering new phone users at offline outlets starting Sunday, December 1. Background image from Shutterstock

Facebook says investigating data exposure of 267M users

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:20 AM

A website called Comparitech reports that the database was made available for download last week on an online hacker forum that apparently belonged to a crime group

Facebook says ready for new California privacy law

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will give internet users the right to see what data big tech companies collect about them and with whom it is shared

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

TikTok sued in U.S. over alleged China data transfer

Dec 04, 2019 - 3:43 PM

A class-action lawsuit claims the app secretly vacuumed up and transferred private data to China in vast quantities

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DLSU pioneers masters program on data protection in 2020

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The program will be for data protection officers and compliance, legal, and information security professionals, says De La Salle University

DATA PROTECTION. De La Salle University will launch a masters program on data protection in 2020.

Tech firms react to netizens' digital privacy concerns

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:31 PM

A slew of tech entrepreneurs are bidding to turn growing consciousness about the problem of online privacy abuses into a money-making industry

WEB SUMMIT. A man wears VR glasses during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 6, 2019.Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Documents show Facebook controlling competitors with user data – report

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The documents show, for example, how Amazon received special data access after purchasing advertising on Facebook while an app called MessageMe was denied data after growing so large it became a competitor

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

California says Facebook impeding privacy probe

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Facebook has failed to provide subpoenaed documents, says California's attorney general

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Snowden warns of Web giants' 'irresistible power'

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'The problem is not data protection, it's data collection' and the blind faith that internet users must have in the internet's masters, says whistleblower Ed Snowden

SNOWDEN. US whistleblower Edward Snowden holds a video-conference during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 4, 2019. Photo by Carlos Costa/AFP

'Antidrone' system forces trespassing drones to land or return to owner

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:27 PM

When a drone is detected by the system, it sends out an interference beam that jams the drone’s connection, forcing it to return to its owner or slowly descend from its point

DRONES. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

National Privacy Commission bans 26 online lenders

Oct 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

These bans are the result of the improper use and processing of personal data by those companies, which are accused of publicly shaming borrowers late on their repayments

NPC employees rally behind Liboro amid bullying complaint

Oct 11, 2019 - 9:23 AM

National Privacy Commission Employees Association says the complaint against Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro is 'not representative of the views, thoughts, and opinions of the majority' of NPC employees

SUPPORT. The employees association of the National Privacy Commission backs its Privacy Commissioner Raymund 'Mon' Liboro amid 'challenging times'. Photo courtesy of NPC

Privacy group finds alleged vulnerabilities in MyPhone MyA2

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Cheap phones may be undermining your privacy, Britain's Privacy International says in new case study

Millions of patient medical records freely accessible online

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Some 16 million records are available 'unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise,' reports say

Almost entire population of Ecuador has online data leaked

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The breach exposes citizens' full names, dates and places of birth, education levels, phone numbers and national identity card numbers

Fintech firms adopt code of conduct after spate of online shaming incidents

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Financial technology trade association seeks to rub out abusive collection practices and excessive disbursement of loans which result in heavy debt

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Pia Wurtzbach greeted me a happy birthday, and it was scarier than you think

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Are targeted ads and algorithms getting too close for comfort? One writer's run-in with Miss Universe just might convince you.

Online lending execs face charges for shaming users, data privacy violations

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The National Privacy Commission says these lending firms targeted 'the privacy of persons, practically making a profit out of people's fear of losing face and dignity'

400 million Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse – reports

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Reports say an exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases – including 133 million US accounts, more than 50 million in Vietnam, and 18 million in Britain

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

Facial recognition becomes opt-in feature at Facebook

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:03 PM

With the change, people will not get automatic tagging suggestions unless a user turns on face recognition on the platform

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Philippines helms 1st ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge and develop a framework for cooperative enforcement of data privacy laws and cross-border data flow

RAYMUND LIBORO. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro helms the ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of National Privacy Commission

Facebook launches tool to let users control data flow

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Facebook's new tool allows users to control data that it receives from other apps and websites about their online activity


Silicon Valley wants to read your mind – here's why you should be worried

Aug 17, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Elon Musk's Neuralink is developing a brain implant to connect people's minds directly to a computer. These mind-reading systems could affect our privacy, security, identity, equality, and personal safety.

Image from Shutterstock

Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Facebook is required to have an 'outside assessor' to monitor the handling of user data, but one professor says this 'privacy cop' faces an uphill battle to actually be effective

U.S. slaps $5 billion fine, curbs on Facebook in privacy probe

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:04 PM

The Federal Trade Commission says the penalty is the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers' privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation

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