Companies pull the plug on facial recognition, but major issues linger

In response to protest calling for police reform around the country, some of the biggest names in tech are taking a closer look at their facial recognition technologies. In recent weeks, protests calling for police and criminal justice reform continue to sweep the Untied States. These demonstrations have also spurred conversations surrounding flawed, racially-biased technologies …

Canadian Internet Registration Authority Offers Canadian Shield, New Free Cybersecurity Solution

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) launched a domain name system (DNS) service on April 23, 2020. CIRA is the entity responsible for overseeing Canada’s .ca country-code top-level domain (ccTLD). CIRA is offering its new DNS service—branded “Canadian Shield”—to assist Canadians with online privacy and security. Canadian Shield is an alternative to the DNS service …

6,000 coronavirus-related web domains registered in a week, many are malware loaded

More than 6,000 Covid-19 and coronavirus-related web domains have been registered in the past week, security researchers say, with large numbers of them malign. According to a report released by software company Check Point, in the past three weeks alone, more than 2,200 of these new sites were found to be suspicious and 93 were …

Google Bans Employees From Using Zoom over security concerns

Google has advised its employees to stop using Zoom, the teleconferencing service, on company-issued devices, BuzzFeed News reports. The company emailed employees that had Zoom’s desktop app installed on their computers, advising them that Zoom did not meet the company’s security protocols and would be blocked by company servers starting this week. “We have long …

SecureX cloud platform launched by Cisco for improved security visibility

Cisco on Monday unveiled SecureX, a new cloud-native security platform that aims to give businesses better visibility across their security portfolio via analytics and workflow automation. Cisco said SecureX will unify visibility into a company’s existing security products, including those from Cisco and third-party providers. The platform can analyze data across endpoints, cloud, network, and applications, allowing customers …

Google Launches a $1 Million Pan-African Grant for safe internet use

Google on Tuesday announced the launch of a $1 million pan-African Google.org safe internet fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and the safety of children, young people, and families online across sub-Saharan Africa. The grant is intended to support training by non-profit and social enterprises focusing on privacy, trust and safe internet in …

Safaricom seeking to monetise customer location data in its massive customer base

According to a local daily, Safaricom is seeking to pre-qualify suppliers of a location tracking and intelligence platform, and has invited bids for the service that would help the operator to build profiles of customers based on their locations and telephone usage. This could be signalling the telecoms firm’s plan to monetise data in its …