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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

[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

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 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.

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


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 FinTechAlliance.ph seeks to rub out abusive collection practices and excessive disbursement of loans which result in heavy debt

Screenshot from fintechalliance.ph


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'


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


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

OFF-FACEBOOK ACTIVITY MANAGER. Photo from Facebook


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

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


How much is your data worth to tech companies?

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:23 AM

The United States' DASHBOARD Act hopes to develop a way to find out the worth of personal data. A researcher says it's a more complicated task than it seems

Shutterstock photo


French consumer group launches class action lawsuit against Google

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The UFC-Que Choisir group says the goal of its class action suit is to 'end the insidious exploitation of users' personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros'

Facebook says CEO did not ignore personal data issues

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:40 AM

'We have fully cooperated with the FTC's investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files,' says a Facebook spokesperson.

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


Some news sites unintentionally collecting info for third parties – study

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A study published by the Center for International Media Assistance says that 15% of website cookies in the global south have no identifiable ownership

WATCH: International Grand Committee hearing on big data, privacy, and democracy

May 28, 2019 - 8:34 PM

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International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation

May 28, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

Google will soon let users auto-delete app activity, location and web history

May 02, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The new feature lets Google Account holders choose how long they want their data to be saved – either saved and deleted manually, or automatically deleted if older than 3 or 18 months

TIMED DELETION. Google lets you set how long you want specific data about your usage kept in storage. Images from Google.

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Data privacy 101: How does one manage data breaches and security incidents?

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

When does a data breach need to be reported by a company? Privacy experts explain

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Porn in your pocket: What the law says about your naked selfies and sex videos

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:15 AM

What does the law say about that naked selfie that, in the throes of virtual passion you sent to your paramour? There are existing Philippine laws that protect your right to privacy, but there is big but.

FOI website data leak? Privacy commission investigating

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The government and the National Privacy Commission are looking into the issue of identification documents seemingly getting indexed on search engines

Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

UK Parliament calls Facebook 'digital gangsters' which violated privacy laws

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) British lawmakers' 18-month investigation into disinformation and 'fake news' also accuses Facebook of failing to faithfully fight Russia's alleged attempts to influence elections

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP