WASHINGTON: Facebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights. Two plaintiffs claim the site scans private correspondence between users for links to third-party websites, sharing that information with the likes of "advertisers, marketers and other data aggregators." The suit accuses Facebook of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California privacy laws. Facebook has "systematically violated consumers' privacy by reading its users' personal, private Facebook messages without their consent," said the complaint, filed December 30 in the US District Court for Northern California. "Representing to users that the content of Facebook messages is...
At no point in history has it been this easy to destroy your entire life so quickly in such few words. As the saga of InterActiveCorp PR Executive Justine Sacco on Friday showed, if you end up on the wrong side of public opinion on the internet, your reputation will be thoroughly destroyed… and you may not even have a chance to respond until its already over. A type of justice has been served, yet we should not rejoice in what has happened here – we’ve set a dangerous precedent for how people can be treated when we find their predicament to be amusing. For the rest of the world that wasn’t paying attention, what happened is quite simple: a PR executive at a powerful technology company tweeted something incredibly racist and awful before boarding a long flight. Her comment went ignored
In November 2012, I spoke to a security guard in Lagos, Nigeria about his current job. He works at a popular hotel. He is a 43 , he uses the Nokia 1100 phone and barely has access to the internet. He got his current job after working as security guard for 11 years in a popular Nigerian bank with over 5,000 employees. more
E-learning is expected to be worth US$107 billion globally by 2015. Experts predict that digital learning is going to be increasingly mobile in 2013, which will open it up to a wide audience in South Africa where 2.4 million people have access to the internet via their cellphones alone. more
Sina Weibo, the Chinese microblogging platform sometimes referred to as “China’s Twitter,” is finally offering an English-language interface, as confirmed to Tech In Asia by the company. Though the English-language interface is still only partial, it will help turn the site into an important marketing tool for overseas brands and celebrities hoping to reach Chinese consumers, especially since there may be as few as just 18,000 active Twitter users in the country more