A recent $19 billion purchase has turned more than a few heads, and rightfully so. Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp is one of the largest acquisitions ever (not to mention the sum is more than the gross domestic capital of Iceland).
Money talks. So what is this $19 billion transaction saying?
A range of responses to the news has surfaced, with each one offering a different take. Here’s a roundup of what you need to know about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, and what the new ownership means for the future of private communication and your personal data.
The trendy dating app Tinder has been praised for its simplicity, but it’s security and privacy practices don’t deserve as many kudos.
Tinder climbed their way up the app charts by “finding interesting people around you” and allowing you to swipe yes or no on your smartphone after seeing their profile picture. In order for Tinder to locate nearby users, of course, Tinder has to find you first.
And until very recently, other people could find you, too.
Is the discovery of Tinder’s vulnerability important even for those who don’t use the app? Yes. Understanding how your location can be accessed, used, and abused is a privacy necessity that extends far beyond Tinder swipes.
The DoNotTrackMe community just got bigger. We are excited to announce that DoNotTrackMe, the privacy tool used by millions of people across the globe, is now available for Opera users.
DNTMe has already blocked over 1 trillion trackers, and we look forward to Opera users helping to block the next to the next trillion…
More companies and retail stores are using iBeacon micro-location technology to track you.
You know that when you’re online, you leave a digital trail. That’s what tools like DoNotTrackMe are for.
But when you head offline to run errands or peruse a few stores, would you expect your every move to be recorded?
Marketers, big retail stores, and big corporations are working hard to make sure this is the case.
Your personal data and what you do in your day-to-day life are valuable to companies: it tells them how, where, and when to target you and to pitch their products. iBeacon is the latest consumer data goldmine for them, but will it be a privacy nightmare for you?
Over the weekend (this past Saturday, February 15), I got an email from the popular online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, informing me that my account may have been compromised.
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler assured me, and all other Kickstarter users, that no credit card information was stolen, but that my name and other “usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords” were accessed by the hackers.
Data breaches are officially a constant occurrence, but I’m not sure if the threat feels real enough to everyone surfing the web. By the time a data breach notification email lands in your inbox, the crime has already been committed, and its repercussions are unpredictable.
Kickstarter data breach translated: A cyber criminal (imagine a thief or burglar in the offline world) now has my email, phone number, and mailing address. This individual (or criminal group, more likely) could call my cell phone or show up to my house after work. That’s downright frightening. And now my personal information (as in the case of the Target data breach) could be sold on the black market, viewed by strangers, and used against me.