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Apple will make breaking its systems more difficult

Apple Inc. has announced that it will alter the settings on iPhones to undermine the main means of law enforcement to break into its devices.  The tech giant wants to ensure that its customers are protected, especially in places where phones are easily obtained by the police or criminals with extensive resources.

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Anti-fake news browser extension is now available

Eye/o, the company behind one of the most popular anti-Ad systems Adblock, has developed a new browser to distinguish between ‘trusted’ and unreliable news.  The browser extension, called Trust-ed News, is now available as a Google Chrome beta version and should help Internet users to recognize fake news and avoid them.

Find the link to the browser extension here
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Lack of transparency in the commercial use of student data

A study conducted by the Fordham Law School Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) titled “Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data”, has examined how student data are being used for commercial purposes. The study underlines that there is very little transparency in the use of student data and that data brokers dispose of lists that define students according to their religion and even “awkwardness”. Besides very poor information on how such data are gathered and used, the study also points out that students should be able to opt out of uses of their data for commercial purposes.

The study is available here
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Facebook to better inform members about the use of their data

Facebook has declared that it will implement new controls to better inform its users of how companies are targeting them for advertising activities. By July 2, Facebook will oblige advertisers to inform users if a given information will be used for advertisement purposes.

The Reuters news article is available here
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Bank of Chile loses m in a cyber attack

The main Chilean national bank, Banco de Chile, has announced that many of its workstations have been affected by a virus. The malware has led to the transfer of about m via the bank’s international money transfer systems. The money has been traced in Hong Kong and it appears that the attack has been guided by an Asian/East European criminal group.

The statement by Banco de Chile is available here
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