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Commerce imposes prohibitions on TikTok, WeChat

After previously expressing support for Oracle’s planned partnering with TikTok, the Trump administration took a step back from the deal Friday with the Commerce Department putting prohibitions on transactions related to the video-sharing platform and, separately, on the mobile communications app WeChat, both owned by Chinese companies. President Trump had said at a Wednesday news…

Oracle will inherit TikTok security, privacy headaches

By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance. TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally. Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban…

All eyes on VA security measures after compromise of 46,000 accounts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disclosure that the information of 46,000 U.S. service people recently was breached through an apparent social engineering scheme underscores the need for government vigilance even when a significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art protection. Security experts said the relatively low number of impacted accounts – in comparison…

Homeland Security announces 5G strategy to manage the pending digital overhaul

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new 5G strategy Monday, providing a five point plan to handle confusion caused by the pending massive overhaul to digital infrastructure. The initiative, released by DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, calls for the following: Support of 5G policy and standards development by emphasizing security and…

IBM pays up in tech, settles Weather Channel privacy lawsuit by LA

IBM will pony up $1 million worth of technology to the city of Los Angeles for COVID-19 contact tracing, and The Weather Channel app will change its privacy practices regarding use of user location data. The changes come with the settlement of a lawsuit that accused the app of misleading users as to how their…

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