It's becoming abundantly clear that companies that enshrine and build in privacy protection features like end-to-end encryption and cautiously manage user data
can be trusted to be honest and responsible stewards of our digital lives.
In Pakistan, hackers had reportedly compromised the computer systems of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) which is responsible for maintaining all the important information pertaining to Pakistani citizens multiple times by breaching its website security.Similarly, several telecom companies in Pakistan are believed to be selling their user data
to third-party clients.
Meanwhile, concert site BandsInTown was found to be passing Login With Facebook user data
to embedded scripts on sites that install its Amplified advertising product.
Facebook has also suspended the access of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories; University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who created the app in question; and another individual, Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, who also allegedly received user data
from the app.
It has asked WhatsApp to not share any user data
, which was generated before September 25.
CalECPA, the state's version of the ECPA and a law championed by companies including Apple, was signed into law in October 2015; it requires the heightened warrant standard before government actors can seize user data
"Overall, we continue to see an increase globally in government requests for user data
and content restrictions pursuant to local law," Facebook deputy general counsel Chris Sonderby said.
The Canadian firm said that the government had asked it to allow backdoor access to BES user data
The report shows that the government requests for user data
rose by 40 percent in the first six months of 2013.
* User data
plugins allow you to enter your own user-data using your own UI or specify your own source for user-data.
The U.K.'s overseer of data privacy, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced today that it has ordered Google to destroy user data
it collected during its Street View mapping project, or the regulator will bring criminal proceedings.