Governments increasingly eye social media meltdown

It seems problems never quite go away for social media platforms, and more governments of the world are taking keen interest. Will the tech giants be able to sort things out before legislators steps into the fray?

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A week in security (May 6 – 12)

A roundup of security news from May 6–12, including breaches, privacy, financials, takedowns, and new ransomware tactics.

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The top six takeaways for corporate data privacy compliance

Here are Labs’ top six takeaways from our data privacy and cybersecurity law series on corporate data privacy compliance. From emerging startups to burgeoning enterprises, these rules help not just with legal liability, but also user trust.

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Mozilla urges Apple to make privacy a team sport

Mozilla is currently pushing Apple into placing extra barriers between iPhone users and online advertisers. Why? Because, according to Mozilla, it could work, which could benefit users everywhere.

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Mysterious database exposed personal information of 80 million US households

A large database accessible online containing a huge amount of records has been found by researchers. The question is: who does it belong to, and what is it for?

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Consumers have few legal options for protecting privacy

Amidst never-ending headlines about data breaches, data misuse, and opaque data-sharing agreements from major companies, users have few legal options to actually protect their privacy in court. Instead, they rely on technology.

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What is personal information? In legal terms, it depends

What exactly is the “personal information” that companies need to legally protect? Learn which data points organizations need to secure, from Social Security numbers to olfactory, smell-based data (!), to comply with the law.

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The global data privacy roadmap: a question of risk

For any American company taking steps outside the US market, global data privacy compliance is a question of risk versus reward.

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US Congress proposes comprehensive federal data privacy legislation—finally

The United States might be the only country of its size to lack a comprehensive data privacy law protecting its citizens’ online lives. That could change this year.

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Location data leaks from family tracking app database

An app called Family Locator exposed the personal information and locations of 280,000 users in real time, including children. How did this happen? And how can app developers avoid it in the future?

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