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Twitter Carefully Deliberates the Merits of the Obvious

Jack Dorsey reveals Twitter's huge new plans:

For the first time since the end of 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the company’s thoughts about building an edit button for tweets. Speaking at an event in India’s capital of New Delhi, he said that the company has to carefully consider use cases for the edit button before making it a reality – and it could potentially be tooled to help fix typos.

Dorsey might also consider formulating a sane business ...

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Apple CEO Calls for Sweeping U.S. Privacy Legislation

From Tim Cook's remarks at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners this morning:

[...] We see vividly--painfully--how technology can harm rather than help. Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies. Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false.

This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or "crazy." And ...

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Things We Don't Do: Remember You Forever

It isn't always immediately obvious what a tech company might be doing with your data. Because LinkLocker is designed to appeal to exactly the sort of people who might be uncomfortable with dumping their information into a black box and simply hoping for the best, we want to be as open as possible about what happens to the data you put into your LinkLocker account. To that end, we're publishing this series of articles tagged "Things We Don't Do," in which I discuss many of the Web's questionable practices and explain why we do not engage in those practices. In this post, I'd like to talk about the fact that LinkLocker does not hold onto your data in perpetuity. When you ask us to forget something, that's exactly what we do.

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Your Life Insurance Company Wants to Keep Tabs on You Via Your Watch

A Canadian-owned life insurance company wants to track your health data and base your life insurance premiums on it:

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday.

There are lots of caveats to their actual approach given the highly regulated nature of the insurance industry, which may make this sort of situation sound ...

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Black Hat Badge Attack Reveals Attendees' PII

In a brief blog post full of informative screenshots, a Colorado security researcher known as NinjaStyle details how easily he was able to figure out how to pull personal information belonging to attendees of this year's Black Hat security conference. His snooping reveals that personally identifiable information for every attendee of the conference could be gathered in as little as six hours from an API used in collating marketing data via scans of attendee's conference badges. NinjaStyle found that he could pull his ...

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