Washington Post: U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for some of its privacy violations

Washington Post: U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for some of its privacy violations. “U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users’ personal data, according to three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record.” I’m afraid that even a record-setting fine will be couch cushion money to Facebook, not an actual deterrent.

Wired: Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Wired: Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?. “Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.”

TechCrunch: Another huge database exposed millions of call logs and SMS text messages

TechCrunch: Another huge database exposed millions of call logs and SMS text messages . “An unprotected server storing millions of call logs and text messages was left open for months before they were found by a security researcher. If you thought you’d heard this story before, you’re not wrong. Back in November, another telecoms company, Voxox, exposed a database containing millions of text messages — including password resets and two-factor codes. This time around, it’s a different company: Voipo, a Lake Forest, Calif. communications provider, exposed tens of gigabytes worth of customer data.”

Gulf News Asia: Philippine passport maker ‘runs away’ with data of applicants

Gulf News Asia: Philippine passport maker ‘runs away’ with data of applicants. “If you’re a Filipino applying to renew your Philippine passport, authorities may require you to bring your original birth certificate. The reason: the previous outsourced ‘passport maker’ contracted by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila ‘took away’ all the applicants’ data, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.”

ZDNet: CVs containing sensitive info of over 202 million Chinese users left exposed online

ZDNet: CVs containing sensitive info of over 202 million Chinese users left exposed online. “A security researcher has stumbled over an unsecured MongoDB database server that contained highly detailed CVs for over 202 million Chinese users. Who owned the database is still a mystery, said Bob Diachenko, Director of Cyber Risk Research at Hacken Proof, the one who found the server’s data left exposed online.”