Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses Steve Jobs, privacy, the iPhone and more on Bloomberg (VIDEO)

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently visited Bloomberg’s The David Rubenstein show for a sit down talk with Mr. Rubenstein. The executive spoke about the man who preceded him as Apple’s top executive, Steve Jobs. Cook says that when he first met Apple’s co-founder, he noticed that Jobs had a sparkle in his eyes unlike any other CEO he had met before. He also noted how Jobs led Apple in directions that were opposite conventional wisdom. For example, at the time, computer companies were exiting the consumer market due to competition and low margins, and were going into servers and storage. Instead …


Apple launches Data and Privacy site for EU users with new privacy laws taking effect in two days

On May 25th, Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law goes into effect. This will prevent personal data from being used without express consent. The penalty for failing to comply with this new law can be as high as 4% of a company’s global revenue. Considering that Apple could face a fine in excess of $9 billion, it behooves the company to find a way to prevent any Facebook-esque privacy issues from occurring.
Meanwhile, by no coincidence, Apple is introducing a Data and Privacy website for its users in the EU just two days before GDPR goes into …

Razer Phone update adds Portrait Mode, new privacy policy for GDPR compliance

Razer and its gaming smartphone are making headlines once again. The most recent update available for the Razer Phone promises to bring some camera improvements and security changes for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance.

The most important new feature is the addition of the new Portrait mode, which is supposed to allow Raze Phone users to “take fantastic Portrait shots.” Furthermore, the Privacy Policy has been updated for GDPR compliance, which will be effective beginning May 25.

The 370MB update includes some bug fixes and performance improvements, according to …

WhatsApp updates its Windows Phone app to add new features and comply with privacy laws

New European privacy rules take effect on May 25th, which prevent companies like Facebook from using members’ personal data without express consent. Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp has just updated its Windows Phone platform to conform with the new privacy laws on the continent. The update takes the latest version of WhatsApp to v2.18.88, and also includes some other features, performance enhancements and bug fixes.

With the update, users of the messaging app can request to see data that the app has collected from them. Similar to Facebook, clicking on “Request Account Info” in settings …

Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp, leaves Facebook over privacy issues

The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal cost Facebook an unknown number of subscribers. There is also another casualty. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook. The latter purchased the WhatsApp messaging app in a transaction that closed in October, 2014. The final purchase price of over $21 billion opened some eyes in the industry because of the hefty price tag. While Koum reportedly made only $1 a year in salary at Facebook, his stock deal includes restricted stock units that vest quarterly over four years. Last year, he reaped $2.83 billion by selling some of his vested shares.

Koum’s …

Facebook moves 1.5 billion users from Ireland to U.S. escaping EU privacy laws

You would expect that with the level of scrutiny that Facebook is now under following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company would be on its best behavior. But that doesn’t seem to matter to Mark Zuckerberg and crew. Consider that on May 25th, Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law goes into effect. Simply put, the new law prevents personal data from being used without express consent. Considering that the penalty for failing to comply is a whopping 4% of a company’s global revenues, you might see why it behooves Facebook to keep its nose clean.

However, Facebook …

Google's new UI for setting up Assistant renames current privacy feature as "Forget me"

In the wake of the recent scandal that has engulfed Facebook, Google apparently is going to rename a privacy and security feature available now with Google Assistant. First, let’s start by discussing the revised user interface for the virtual assistant’s setup process. The first time that new Assistant users open the app, they will be greeted by a series of animated screens that show what the app can do. At top of each page is the Google Assistant logo followed by the phrase, “The new way to talk to Google.” Near the bottom of each page, a feature of Google Assistant is mentioned. These include …

Tim Cook on Facebook's privacy mishaps: 'We'd never make our customers the product'

Facebook’s privacy and security habits – you know, the same ones that have been going on ever since FarmVille was popular – is suddenly the focus of attention for everyone, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. He recently sat down for an interview, and, when asked what he would do if he was Mark Zuckerberg now, quickly replied: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” Pressed again, he clarified the point further: “We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”

After all, the whole privacy kerfuffle started only after it became clear that Facebook …

Facebook makes it easier to find and adjust your privacy settings

Today, Facebook has rolled out a change that will make people find and adjust their privacy settings much easier.

The change comes amidst increased understanding of how poorly Facebook handles users’ data and particularly how it made it possible for third-party developers to get access to millions of users data. British-based Cambridge Analytica, closely tied with Stephen Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist under Donald Trump, had obtained access to the personal data of not just thousands of users who participated in Facebook polls, but also all of their friends’ personal …

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to testify April 10th during a Senate hearing on data privacy

As the fallout from the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been invited to testify at a hearing to be held on April 10th by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will focus on data privacy and sources inside Facebook say that Zuckerberg will testify. Also receiving invitations to appear at the hearing are Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Both men might feel the pressure to testify if Zuckerberg agrees to appear. The CEOs who do attend are sure to be grilled relentlessly by committee members.

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