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Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

By Josh Wolford May 19, 2015

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any …

Google Wireless Launch Imminent, with Pay-as-you-go Data: Report Google Wireless Launch Imminent, with Pay-as-you-go Data: Report

Google is about to enter the world of wireless. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is set to launch its new mobile network as early as Wednesday. The new service, which was confirmed at Mobile World Congress in …

Tech Companies Call for End to Mass Surveillance in Letter to Obama, Congress Tech Companies Call for End to Mass Surveillance in Letter to Obama, Congress

The group Reform Government Surveillance, which includes Apple, AOL, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo, and more, has joined dozens of other organizations in calling on the US government to reform mass surveillance and end the bulk data collection programs revealed …

Target OKs $10M Settlement over Massive Data Breach Target OKs $10M Settlement over Massive Data Breach

Target has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by victims of the company’s 2013 data breach – a massive hack that exposed up to 70 million people. According to CBS News, the settlement has been …

People Aren’t That Concerned About Government Surveillance, Even Post Snowden People Aren’t That Concerned About Government Surveillance, Even Post Snowden

Pew has just published a new report on Americans and how they protect their privacy in the post-Edward Snowden era. Long story short – most don’t do much of anything to even attempt to keep out the prying government eyes. …

Marketers Not Confident In Their Big Data Efforts Marketers Not Confident In Their Big Data Efforts

Infogroup has a new study out, which reports that 47% of marketers are seeing a return on their big data investments. The study is based on a survey of nearly 600 marketers, and found that while over half of them …

Ogilvy & Mather Social Media Director On Overcoming Organic Reach Decline With Smart Data Ogilvy & Mather Social Media Director On Overcoming Organic Reach Decline With Smart Data

Overcoming a decline in Facebook Page post reach is something businesses of all sizes have been grappling with over the past year. James Whatley, the social media director at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, London, recently wrote a blog post called …

Microsoft Is Buying Revolution Analytics To Make Companies Smarter Microsoft Is Buying Revolution Analytics To Make Companies Smarter

Microsoft announced that it has agreed to acquire Revolution Analytics, which provides software and services for statistical computing and predictive analytics programming language “R”. Microsoft says it will use the acquisition to help companies take advantage of R and data …

AT&T Data Plans Now a Bit More Bearable with Rollover Data for Some AT&T Data Plans Now a Bit More Bearable with Rollover Data for Some

If you’re on one of AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, you’re going to be happy to hear this. Capped data sucks, but it’s a reality that most of us have to live with. AT&T has just announced that it’s going …

Home Depot Hack Also Compromised 53 Million Email Addresses Home Depot Hack Also Compromised 53 Million Email Addresses

A large and lengthy data breach put some 56 million credit cards at risk, Home Depot revealed back in September. Now, the largest home improvement retailer in the world says that it also exposed nearly the same amount of customer …

Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24% Facebook Says Government Data Requests Up 24%

It’s Election Day in the US, and Facebook is reminding everyone to vote with a giant banner at the top of the news feed which asks people to share the vote with friends. By the looks of my news feed, …

Twitter Launches 2014 Elections Hub with Curated Tweets and Data Twitter Launches 2014 Elections Hub with Curated Tweets and Data

As Twitter has done in the past with big events (both national and global), it has just launched a new activity hub for the 2014 elections. And while some of its past attempts to organize conversation around certain events (for …

Adam Sandler/Netflix Deal Shows Reliance on Big Data Adam Sandler/Netflix Deal Shows Reliance on Big Data

Netflix is just getting started with this whole original movies thing. Sure, the once-DVD delivery company and future king of streaming has produced successful TV series like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. It’s also produced award-winning …

UPS Stores Fall Victim to Data Breach UPS Stores Fall Victim to Data Breach

UPS has notified UPS Store customers that their information may have been compromised thanks to a malware attack that affected 51 retail locations across the country. After being notified by a government bulletin on a ‘broad-based malware intrusion’, UPS identified …

Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could Twitter Would Like to Be More Transparent, If They Could

Twitter has just released their fifth-ever transparency report, and it shows that requests for user data, content removal, and copyright takedowns are all on the rise. But the main focus of Twitter’s announcement isn’t really the report itself – instead, …

Facebook Fights ‘Unprecedented’ Data Grab Facebook Fights ‘Unprecedented’ Data Grab

Facebook says that they are currently fighting a “set of sweeping search warrants” in an effort to protect their users’ information – and so far it’s a fight that they’ve been losing. “Since last summer, we’ve been fighting hard against …

Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy

In May of 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published their third-ever “Who Has Your Back” report, which looks at major tech companies and how they stack up when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. In the six criteria …