Reuters: EU tells Facebook, Google and Twitter to ‘do more’ for users. “Europe’s justice commissioner told Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday to do more to bring their user terms in line with EU law, saying proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.”
Lifehacker: Use IFTTT to Find Cheap and Free Video Games Online. “If This Then That is great for everything from managing your savings to archiving your favorite songs on Spotify, but did you know you can also use it to find free video games? There are dozens of applets (IFTTT’s name for any combination of triggers and actions used through the service) designed to help you track gaming giveaways.”
Los Angeles Times: Equifax hack exposed more information than we thought, documents show. “… Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. recently disclosed in a document submitted to the Senate Banking Committee, which was shared with Associated Press, that a forensic investigation found criminals accessed other information from company records. That included tax identification numbers, email addresses and phone numbers. Details, such as the expiration dates for credit cards or issuing states for driver’s licenses, were also included in the list.”
Phys.org: Combating data breach fatigue. “If you shop online or swipe a credit or debit card when out to eat, you’ve likely received a notice your personal information was compromised in a data breach. And if you’re like most consumers, chances are you did nothing in response, says an Iowa State University researcher. Cyberattacks are so prevalent that Rui Chen, an associate professor of information systems in ISU’s Ivy College of Business, says consumers are experiencing data breach fatigue. Chen and colleagues at the University of Texas at San Antonio (Eric Bachura, Rohit Valecha, H. Raghav Rao) are working to understand this behavior.”
I wasn’t sure whether to include this or not, and I think I should. Anyway, from Lonely Planet: The world’s first airline compensation checker has been launched. “Leading air passenger rights advocate AirHelp has launched the world’s first tool for travellers to check their eligibility for compensation from flight disruptions now up to three years in the past. The compensation-focused company’s new tool also allows travellers to visually map out their journeys from their mobiles into an adventure map that can be shared online.” You might wonder if the tool is limited because it notes compensation amounts in euros. But I was able to begin the checking process using a flight that occurred entirely within the United States.
ZDNet: Fake news fallout: Cascading collapse in trust for social media platforms, search and governements. “Facebook, Google and Twitter’s failure to deal with the damaging effects of fake news has created a broad distrust in social media platforms, search engines and news applications reports the Edelman Trust Barometer 2018 — a survey of more than 33,000 people in 28 countries. But trust in journalism has improved greatly and there is now a wide divide between peoples’ low regard for media platforms and their much improved respect for journalists and journalism.” The misspelling is in the headline as it is. I tend not to correct misspellings unless not doing so leaves the sentence incomprehensible.
Digital Trends: Best product key finders: How to find that missing software license for free. “Product keys, software licenses, serial numbers — they all seem to disappear completely when you need them most. Perhaps you need to reinstall a program, or worse, an entire operating system, but can’t locate the original case, manual, or that ancient email you deleted more than a year ago. It’s not a far-fetched scenario by any means, and finding the missing info will definitely take up a chunk of your time, typically requiring you to be placed on hold with customer service for longer than you would like. Fortunately, there are scores of product key finders that will scan your system and compile an extensive report of any keys they find.”