Third Party Apps: The Next Big Data Sharing Scandal?

As more details emerge about a hack on Ticketmaster’s site, the next data-sharing scandal could be about to break. In June Ticketmaster confirmed that hackers may have pilfered personal and payment information from customers using its UK site. Tech security firm RiskIQ has reported that, in order to skim credit card details, the thieves tweaked…

Facial Recognition and “ethnicity”

[This post was updated on 22nd May 2018 to include NtechLab’s response] Late on Friday I tweeted the following screenshot: When I came back after the weekend it had been retweeted 11,000 times, which is a new experience for me. The company concerned is the Russian firm Ntech. They’re very good at facial rec, by…

KICK THE FACEBOOK HABIT IN 5 STEPS

Here are my five tips for giving up a Facebook addiction: Uninstall the app This breaks the “see-button-hit-button” habit Also, there is one great reason to use the web-version of FB (see below) ALWAYS log out when you’re done This introduces a little speed-bump to your FB usage, but more importantly it allows you to……

WILL BITCOIN’S BUBBLE BURST?

As Bitcoin’s value surged well past $10,000 per coin, the media’s default description is “bubble” (usually shortly followed by “burst”) I’m not saying some kind of crash won’t happen, but here are three reasons for a counter-narrative: The software behind Bitcoin includes an automated cap on the total number of coins that can ever be…

YOUTUBE AND CHILD GROOMING

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals how adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand. Adults have used YouTube to message young children and groom them into making inappropriate videos on-demand, a Channel 4 News investigation can reveal. Once uploaded, the children’s videos receive comments requesting more…