Tens of thousands of minors on Instagram expose their email addresses and phone numbers, which child-safety and privacy experts say is worrisome. The kids have turned their profiles from personal ones to business ones, which Instagram mandates must have contact details. But is that appropriate for a child?
Instagram has revoked the access of an Indian social media marketing company after personal details of some of its users ended up in an unprotected database online. Instagram says the number of affected users - first reported at 49 million - is inaccurate, and the exposed data from Instagram was already public.
C-level executives are 12 times more likely to be the target of social incidents and nine times more likely to be the target of social breaches. This is among the key findings of the latest Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report. Author John Grim shares insight.
Latha Reddy, India's former deputy national security adviser, says the nation should designate election infrastructure as "critical information infrastructure" to help ensure that cybersecurity is a much higher priority. She also spells out other critical steps.
Two security issues disclosed by Facebook over the past month are worse than first thought, adding to a harrowing series of data-handling mishaps by the social network. Millions of Instagram users had their plain-text passwords stored, and 1.5 million people had their email contact lists uploaded without consent.
Facebook has announced more measures designed to help combat fake news, misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression in advance of India's general election. Security experts disagree on whether the efforts will have a significant impact.
The Singapore government has introduced draft legislation that it says would help in combating fake news, especially on social media platforms. While some privacy experts have expressed reservations, government intervention is merited.
Two third-party Facebook application developers exposed users' personal information by leaving the data exposed without a password in unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 buckets, researchers from UpGuard say. One data set contained 540 million unsecured records, the report found.
Facebook's data deals continue to be probed. A criminal investigation of Facebook by federal prosecutors in New York has resulted in records being subpoenaed "from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices," the New York Times reports.
Although organizations need to worry about phishing, malware and other inbound threats, they also must be aware that social media accounts pose an increasing risk - and they need to be monitored and locked down, says Otavio Freire of SafeGuard Cyber.
Facebook's effort to stem the flow of fake news globally has been ineffective, allege some fact checkers who have collaborated with the social media giant to identify and debunk false stories. Is the social media giant merely conducting a public relations exercise?
A parliamentary panel in India has summoned representatives of Facebook, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear early next month to discuss how to safeguard citizens' rights on social media.
Why are we surprised about the amount and sensitivity of data that mobile apps collect? The online industry has never been forthright about it. That's why we're faced with a yawning gap between user expectations and true privacy. And it's why Facebook, Google, Apple and others have many questions to answer.