Week Ending: 10th July - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Week Ending 10th July 2020 – A Roundup in I.T. and Tech news

It has been another busy week in the world of I.T. and tech news. We delve into how Facebook is facing its biggest boycott battle in history, how Google is to automatically delete user records with new modifications to its data policy, and we report on just how much cloud-based security really has increased as a direct result of Coronavirus. Grab a cuppa and catch up here.

Facebook faces biggest boycott in its history

Tech giant, Facebook, is facing its largest corporate boycott in the firm’s history. More than 300 advertisers have promised not to spend money on the social media platform from July. The move followed a call from advocacy groups, working under the name Stop Hate for Profit.

Approximately, 98%, or rather $70 billion, of Facebook’s annual revenue is generated through advertising. As a result, founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has been forced to address the movement in a company meeting with the organisers of the movement next Tuesday, in a bid to discuss the demands behind the movement.

One of the organisations involved is Color of Change, an online civil rights group that has been campaigning for racial justice on Facebook for years. Its president, Rashad Robinson, commented on some of the changes the movement wants:

"We have a list of 10 full demands. One is that Facebook removes the political exemption that allows some public figures to violate policies. Another is that Facebook needs civil rights expertise in their C suite. They continue to make policy and products without any kind of understanding of voter suppression, of suppression of voices."

Find out more about it here.

Google to delete users’ records automatically

A big change is coming to Google’s data policy; its introducing new adjustments to default settings, it will automatically delete some of the data it collects about its users. Web activity, app activity, website searches, page visits and location data will all be wiped after 18 months. Even YouTube histories which includes what clips were watched and for how long will be deleted after 36 months.

The modifications will apply to new accounts only, however, existing users will be prompted to amend their settings.

The move came as Google and other big tech companies' data-collection efforts and business practices have faced increased scrutiny. In addition, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the US Department of Justice is to meet with state attorneys general later this week to discuss plans to penalize Google for anti-competitive behaviour. This includes an allegation that the tech giant has abused its dominance in online search.

Read more here.

Cloud-based security takes precedence

New research from Exabeam, the SIEM company, which focuses on the adoption and use of cloud-based security tools, shows that cloud-based security tools are becoming increasingly popular due to the rise of remote working during the pandemic. This includes an increase in businesses using such tools to protect corporate financial information.

The survey showed an increase in the adoption in comparison to an earlier study carried out in March 2020, prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. It discovered that 88% of respondents claimed the move to the cloud was motivated by the need to support employees working remotely. And, among the concerns of moving security products to the cloud, data privacy and data sovereignty were top of the list, at 56% and 41%.

Other areas of concern, found in the study, related to cloud-based security tools included unauthorised access (31%), integration with other tools (31%) and service outages (29%). However, the recent study shows that almost half of the organisations asked (44%) are now using cloud-based security products to protect corporate financial information, in comparison to 12% before lockdown.

See more statistics here.

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