Saturday 18th August 2018

Google vs. HostGator: why is one of the world’s biggest web hosts discouraging its customers from encrypting users’ data?

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Google vs. HostGator: why is one of the world’s biggest web hosts discouraging its customers from encrypting users’ data?

Tech

In its acceptable use policy, Hostgator is discouraging its customers from implementing HTTPs unless it's "necessary". In July, Google Chrome released an update that pushes a "not secure" notification into the address bar of its browser on websites that haven't implemented HTTPs.

Tech

In its acceptable use policy, Hostgator is discouraging its customers from implementing HTTPs unless it's "necessary". In July, Google Chrome released an update that pushes a "not secure" notification into the address bar of its browser on websites that haven't implemented HTTPs.

YouTube set to become 2nd most visited website in the US as Facebook’s traffic decreases by 3.8 billion

Marketing

US traffic to Facebook has decreased from 8.5 billion visits per month in 2016 to 4.7 billion per month in 2018. The social network recently announced stagnant user growth in North America for the fourth successive quarter.

Marketing

US traffic to Facebook has decreased from 8.5 billion visits per month in 2016 to 4.7 billion per month in 2018. The social network recently announced stagnant user growth in North America for the fourth successive quarter.

‘You destroyed my business’: Webmasters and SEOs react to Google’s latest algorithmic update

Marketing

Google's latest update was announced on 1st August and was rolled out by 8th August. It appears to disproportionately affect websites in "health" industries and some webmasters have claimed it's prioritizing low-quality websites.

Marketing

Google's latest update was announced on 1st August and was rolled out by 8th August. It appears to disproportionately affect websites in "health" industries and some webmasters have claimed it's prioritizing low-quality websites.

Is Facebook marketing in its death throes? New report finds total interactions decreased more than 50 percent in 18 months

Marketing

Total interactions received by the top 20,000 brands on Facebook decreased from 29.1 billion in 2017 to 12.8 billion in 2018. The total number of posts published increased 25 percent over the same time frame.

Marketing

Total interactions received by the top 20,000 brands on Facebook decreased from 29.1 billion in 2017 to 12.8 billion in 2018. The total number of posts published increased 25 percent over the same time frame.

More than 1,000 US news organizations are still blocking EU users – but that doesn’t mean they are contravening or circumventing the GDPR

Privacy

According to a database of records compiled by archivist Joseph O'Connor, at least 1,071 US news organizations are blocking EU visitors; however, whether an organization is compliant with the GDPR may depend on whether they intend to target EU visitors or are merely accessible to them.

Privacy

According to a database of records compiled by archivist Joseph O'Connor, at least 1,071 US news organizations are blocking EU visitors; however, whether an organization is compliant with the GDPR may depend on whether they intend to target EU visitors or are merely accessible to them.

10,000 WordPress websites hacked and leveraged to ‘manipulate the entire online advertising supply chain’

Security

The infection chain comprises a complex network of online publishers, ad resellers, ad networks and malware distributors. The initial hack exploits an alleged vulnerability in Wordpress version 4.7.1.

Security

The infection chain comprises a complex network of online publishers, ad resellers, ad networks and malware distributors. The initial hack exploits an alleged vulnerability in Wordpress version 4.7.1.

UK retailer revises number of users affected by data breach from 1.2 million to 10 million

Privacy

The revised estimate refers to a previously reported figure estimating the number of "personal records" affected. The group's initial announcement on 13th June also revealed 5.9 million payment cards have been affected by the breach.

Privacy

The revised estimate refers to a previously reported figure estimating the number of "personal records" affected. The group's initial announcement on 13th June also revealed 5.9 million payment cards have been affected by the breach.

When lawmakers, governments and regulators are terrible at complying with the GDPR, why should anyone else bother?

Privacy

They want to infer consent, they want to craft new rules for their own data collection activities and they want to fine themselves less than they demand private organizations be fined. When regulators and lawmakers are this bad at implementing data protection practices, what hope does anyone else have?

Privacy

They want to infer consent, they want to craft new rules for their own data collection activities and they want to fine themselves less than they demand private organizations be fined. When regulators and lawmakers are this bad at implementing data protection practices, what hope does anyone else have?

The steady demise of the gTLD: Sony follows lead of McDonalds, gives up .xperia

Tech

Sony has followed a number of organizations in abandoning its rights to administer a newly registered suffix (.xperia). It was also recently announced that the gTLD .mcdonalds was removed from the internet's domain name space.

Tech

Sony has followed a number of organizations in abandoning its rights to administer a newly registered suffix (.xperia). It was also recently announced that the gTLD .mcdonalds was removed from the internet's domain name space.

Is it possible to comply with the GDPR?

Privacy

The "definition of personal data in the modern world is beginning to swallow everything," according to Professor Lilian Edwards. In a two-part interview with Indivigital she also stated that EU privacy laws may "destroy" free-to-user business models. 

Privacy

The "definition of personal data in the modern world is beginning to swallow everything," according to Professor Lilian Edwards. In a two-part interview with Indivigital she also stated that EU privacy laws may "destroy" free-to-user business models. 

Expert: EU privacy laws may ‘destroy’ free-to-user business models

Privacy

In an interview with Indivigital, Professor Lilian Edwards also stated free-to-user business models are "contributory to destroying privacy and creating profiling and discrimination". She also accused Facebook and Google of "playing games" by claiming they are only "data processors" under the new regulations.

Privacy

In an interview with Indivigital, Professor Lilian Edwards also stated free-to-user business models are "contributory to destroying privacy and creating profiling and discrimination". She also accused Facebook and Google of "playing games" by claiming they are only "data processors" under the new regulations.

Report: Data breaches comprising more than 50 million records cost organizations at least $350 million

Privacy

On average, organizations based in India, the United States and countries in the Middle East suffered the largest data breaches. "Malicious or criminal attack" is the root cause of most breaches globally.

Privacy

On average, organizations based in India, the United States and countries in the Middle East suffered the largest data breaches. "Malicious or criminal attack" is the root cause of most breaches globally.

Anonymous woman whose chance interaction on an airplane was shared with millions of social media users speaks out about privacy

Privacy

The woman's every interaction with a man she met by chance on an airplane was photographed, and published without her consent to Twitter, by two strangers who took an interest in her conversation.

Privacy

The woman's every interaction with a man she met by chance on an airplane was photographed, and published without her consent to Twitter, by two strangers who took an interest in her conversation.

Facebook “fine”: Lawmakers and regulators demonstrate worrying inability to understand data protection legislation

Privacy

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and David Lammy MP have both made comments in the last 24 hours about likely action being taken by the UK's data protection authority against Facebook.

Privacy

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and David Lammy MP have both made comments in the last 24 hours about likely action being taken by the UK's data protection authority against Facebook.

UK authorities propose fining Facebook £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica incident

Privacy

The UK's data protection authority, the Information Commissioner's Officer, revealed the size of the potential fine in a call with reporters. The incident is alleged to have affected 87 million Facebook users and their friends.

Privacy

The UK's data protection authority, the Information Commissioner's Officer, revealed the size of the potential fine in a call with reporters. The incident is alleged to have affected 87 million Facebook users and their friends.

Latest revisions to EU privacy law (ePrivacy) address ad networks, browsers, cookies, web measurement and ‘consent fatigue’

Privacy

The latest revision proposes deleting Article 10 (obligations and privacy responsibilities for browsers), amending Article 6 (permission to process electronic communications) and clarifying Article 8 (the processing and collection of information from a user's device).

Privacy

The latest revision proposes deleting Article 10 (obligations and privacy responsibilities for browsers), amending Article 6 (permission to process electronic communications) and clarifying Article 8 (the processing and collection of information from a user's device).

Timehop announces data breach affecting 21 million users

Privacy

An unauthorized user obtained administrator privileges and accessed Timehop's Cloud Computing Environment on a number of occasions between December 2017 and July 2018. Users' names, email addresses and phone numbers have been compromised in the breach.

Privacy

An unauthorized user obtained administrator privileges and accessed Timehop's Cloud Computing Environment on a number of occasions between December 2017 and July 2018. Users' names, email addresses and phone numbers have been compromised in the breach.

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Latest resources

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ePrivacy: user-friendly text

User-friendly version of the ePrivacy text. This version is pulled from the draft text published by the European Commission on 4th May, 2018.

Facebook News Rankings 2018

Research reviewing the engagement rate and performance of the world's top 64 news brands on Facebook.

218 internet facts and statistics for 2018

The best compendium of statistics on e-commerce, social media, marketing and technology available anywhere online.

Facebook Track: Top 100

Research reviewing the engagement rate and performance of the world's top 100 brands on Facebook.