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A preferred partner ripped off Instagram user data, right under Facebook’s nose

Facebook’s decision to rebrand its Instagram and WhatsApp apps as part of the Facebook empire, seems ironically well-timed as the data privacy sins of the parent were revealed to be as common at the photo-sharing app. Last week it emerged that Instagram allowed its users personal data to be violated by an outside company which harvested large amounts of info it wasn’t supposed to have....[Read More]

Instagram adds to Facebook’s rash of privacy failures after now-former marketing partner sucked up huge amounts of user data

Faceboook-owned Instagram has terminated its relationship with a marketing company called Hyp3r after it was found that the company was ignoring privacy rules and collecting user data it wasn't supposed to have. What makes this worse is that the company was listed as a preferred Facebook Marketing Partner for the past year.

Anonymous apps risk fuelling cyberbullying but they also fill a vital role

The explosive popularity of YOLO has led to warnings of the same problem that led to Yik Yak’s shutdown, namely that its anonymity could lead to cyberbullying and hate speech. But in an age of online surveillance and self-censorship, proponents view anonymity as an essential component of privacy and free-speech. And our own research on anonymous online interactions among teenagers in the UK and Ir...[Read More]

Your internet data is rotting

The internet currently accesses about 15 zettabytes of data, and is growing at a rate of 70 terabytes per second. It is an admittedly leaky vessel, and content is constantly going offline to wind up lost forever.

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

The more tech companies know about their users, the more effectively they can direct them to goods and services that they are likely to buy. The more companies know about their users, the more competitive they are in the market.

Gamers use machine learning to navigate complex video games – but it’s not free

Some of the world’s most popular video games track your activity as you play – but they’re not just gathering data for business or marketing purposes. They’re accumulating information about the way you and others play the game, the patterns or habits that lead to success or failure.

Revolt on the horizon? How young people really feel about digital technology

As digital technologies facilitate the growth of both new and incumbent organisations, we have started to see the darker sides of the digital economy unravel. In recent years, many unethical business practices have been exposed, including the capture and use of consumers’ data, anticompetitive activities and covert social experiments. But what do young people who grew up with the internet think ab...[Read More]

South Africans don’t trust companies to protect their data privacy

A survey found that consumers’ were very concerned about the protection of their data. As much as 64% of the participants know someone personally whose personal data has been misused. Unwanted marketing was common, suggesting that contact information which was meant to be kept private, had been shared with others.

Finding that “SA prices are high”, “lack transparency” latest salvo in war on costly data

The Competition Commission last week confirmed what all South Africans have been telling each other for years: the cost of cellular data is too high. Releasing a provisional report from its data services market inquiry, which has been dragging on since August 2017, the commission’s finding no doubt contributed to the fall of Vodacom and MTN shares. They said the convoluted pricing structured...[Read More]

What to look for in a VPN, and why you should probably use one

You might feel like you missed the VPN hype that spiked in the pre-local-Netflix years, so what even is a VPN and why do you need one?

WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

MTN Chat lets customers load airtime or data through WhatsApp

MTN has announced a new feature called MTN Chat recharge, which allows MTN customers to load airtime and data bundles from within WhatsApp.

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