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The changes Facebook are making in the wake of their recent privacy issues

Facebook hasn’t been having the best time of late, what with the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw some 50 million (as was originally reported — see below) Facebook users having their data siphoned and then used to influence events like the British Brexit vote and the American presidential election in 2016. This was followed by the revelation that Facebook was harvesting far more d...[Read More]

Facebook beefs up privacy settings, and increases user-control

The Cambridge Analytica saga is getting very watered-down, and we’re sure that, if you wanted to delete your Facebook profile, that it has already been done. In typical Zuckerberg fashion, Mark has apologised, and Facebook has made some changes to the accessibility of privacy settings to give users more control of what they share. The social platform has reworked the privacy settings on the mobile...[Read More]

Explainer: what is differential privacy and how can it protect your data?

It’s no secret that big tech companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are increasingly infiltrating our personal and social interactions to collect vast amounts of data on us every day. At the same time, privacy violations in cyberspace regularly make front page news. So how should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Diffe...[Read More]

Privacy act implementation failure means those behind SA’s largest data leak will go unpunished

How did it happen that a property company put an estimated 60-million South African’s most sensitive personal information into an insecure database file and on an insecure web server that has now been linked to the biggest data breach in South African history? How did they manage to collate so much data about us without our permission? And, as bizarre as it sounds, how is it that they might ...[Read More]

World War Three is being waged in cyberspace

My introduction to advanced communication technology (i.e. the Internet and World Wide Web) came in 1999. Having grown up in the two-channel universe of the 1960s and ‘70s, I was agog at the power it represented. The technology was nascent at that time — not many web pages yet existed — but I could still see the potential for good. Here was a technology that I felt could really save the world. I a...[Read More]

Vodacom cuts out-of-bundle rates, but they’re still around R1,000/GB

South African mobile operator Vodacom has today announced it’s cutting out-of-bundle data prices from the middle of October 2017. The new rate for prepaid and top-up customers will be 99c/MB from 15 October, while contract customers have been paying 89c/MB since the beginning of October. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited at this news on account of having a calculato...[Read More]

Icasa’s proposal that data should not expire is a good move but more is needed

It’s not quite the #DataMustFall that people have been begging for, but telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has given us #DataMustNotExpire. Icasa has published draft regulations in the Government Gazette stipulating new time frames for the expiry of data. This is a good step, and such proactivity should be rewarded. Cellular operators obviousl...[Read More]

Apple goes after all of your mobile money, launches Apple SIM

Apple has long reigned over their own ecosystem, that fabled walled garden that is the App Store. Inside, they have (mostly) total control over what their customers get to see, purchase, or download. But they seem to have decided that isn’t enough, so the company has launched a little something called Apple SIM. Guess what that does? If you said “Makes bacon!” then congratulation...[Read More]

Cloud, backup and storage devices: how best to protect your data

We are producing more data than ever before, with more than 2.5 quintillion bytes produced every day, according to computer giant IBM. That’s a staggering 2,500,000,000,000 gigabytes of data and it’s growing fast. We have never been so connected through smart phones, smart watches, laptops and all sorts of wearable technologies inundating today’s marketplace. There were an estimated 6.4 billion co...[Read More]

7 ways ShowMax is built for South Africa

From downloads to bandwidth capping, ShowMax is designed with the South African audience in mind. Launched little over a year ago, ShowMax internet TV has built up the largest collection of online entertainment on the continent and introduced a range of features to deal with some of the biggest concerns about streaming: expensive data and unreliable internet. Here’s how ShowMax, which costs R99 a ...[Read More]

Lowest earners spend up to 20% on airtime, while SA data is 16th out of 47 African countries

If you want to get anyone’s attention in South Africa these days, start a movement with a hashtag ending in “must fall”. That’s what has seemingly happened after years of protest about overly expensive cellular data have culminated with the #DataMustFall campaign Following innumerable complaints and public outcries, the tipping point appears to have been an impromptu tweet ...[Read More]

Pokémon Go has revealed a new battleground for virtual privacy

People have been lingering outside Boon Sheridan’s house all through the night. The designer lives in an old church in Massachusetts that has been designated a “gym” in the new smartphone game Pokémon Go. Because the game requires players to visit places in the real world, Sheridan now has to put up with people regularly stopping outside his building to play. It has got to the point where he has s...[Read More]

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