The Technology 202: ACLU sues DHS over purchase of cellphone location data used to track immigrants

It’s critical we uncover how federal agencies are accessing bulk databases of Americans’ location data and why,” Nathan Freed Wessler, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement. “There can be no accountability without transparency.

Senate Democrats, such as privacy advocate Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), had written a letter to DHS asking for more information on how such data was being used. On Wednesday morning, they disclosed that the department’s inspector general would take up the matter.

“If federal agencies are tracking American citizens without warrants, the public deserves answers and accountability,” Wyden said in a statement. “I won’t accept anything less than a thorough and swift inspector general investigation that sheds light on CBP’s phone location data surveillance program.”

The lawsuit highlights how the explosion of private-sector data and location-tracking services can be leveraged by the government. 

Government agencies typically

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BlackBerry Teams Up With Amazon Web Services to Manage Vehicle Sensor Data

Shares of security software specialist BlackBerry (NYSE:BB) soared on Tuesday, following the company’s announcement of a collaboration with Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). The former smartphone giant has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a platform that helps automakers collect and analyze data from vehicle sensors.

What is BlackBerry IVY?

The BlackBerry IVY system is a scalable software platform with deep roots on AWS cloud computing services. This vehicle data platform provides consistent and secure methods for gathering vehicle sensor information, packaging it into a normalized format, and preparing the data blobs for real-time analysis running on the car’s own processors as well as deeper dives through AWS-based cloud computing services.

BlackBerry’s role in this partnership consists of using machine learning tools to collect and normalize data from thousands of parts made by dozens of different manufacturers. In many cases, there are no industry standards available, and BlackBerry IVY

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AWS brings ECS, EKS services to the data center, open sources EKS

Today at AWS re:Invent, Andy Jassy talked a lot about how companies are making a big push to the cloud, but today’s container-focussed announcements gave a big nod to the data center as the company announced ECS Anywhere and EKS Anywhere, both designed to let you run these services on-premises, as well as in the cloud.

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These two services, ECS for generalized container orchestration and EKS for that’s focused on Kubernetes will let customers use these popular AWS services on premises. Jassy said that some customers still want the same tools they use in the cloud on prem and this is designed to give it to them.

Speaking of ECS he said,  “I still have a lot of my containers that I need to run on premises as I’m making this transition to the cloud, and [these] people really want it to have the same management and deployment

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BlackBerry spikes record 65% after finalizing deal with Amazon for automotive data software

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John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, gives an interview following the opening of his company’s stock at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 16, 2017.


  • BlackBerry surged as much as 65% on Tuesday after the company inked a multi-year deal with Amazon to develop and market its “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform.”
  • The cloud software, called IVY, allows automakers to read vehicle sensor data and improve systems and performance, according to a press release.
  • The stock’s leap is its biggest one-day gain on record and placed shares at their highest level since April 2019.
  • Watch BlackBerry trade live here.

BlackBerry rocketed as much as 61% higher on Tuesday after inking a multi-year deal with Amazon to develop and market BlackBerry’s “Intelligent Vehicle Data Platform”.

The platform, named IVY, includes cloud-connected software that allows automakers to read vehicle sensor data and “create actionable insights from

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China Drafts Rules on Mobile Apps’ Collection of Personal Data | Technology News

(Reuters) – China unveiled draft guidelines on Tuesday seeking to limit the scope of mobile apps’ collection of personal data in the latest attempt to curb the sprawling technology sector.

The set of draft rules published by the Cyberspace Administration of China covers 38 types of apps from online shopping and instant messaging to ride-hailing and bike sharing.

China has increased scrutiny of its technology sector in recent weeks, last month drafting anti-monopoly rules for tech firms.

It has also expressed concerns about data protection and consumer rights, while authorities have on a number of occasions ordered apps to be suspended for mishandling user information.

“In recent years, mobile internet applications have been widely used and have played an important role in promoting economic and social development and serving people’s livelihoods,” the cyber administration said in a statement.

“At the same time, it is common for apps to collect …

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BlackBerry And Amazon Team Up On Vehicle Data And Software Platform



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BlackBerry And Amazon Team Up On Vehicle Data And Software Platform

Canadian technology specialist BlackBerry and e-commerce titan Amazon have developed a cloud-based software platform designed to help automakers and suppliers standardize vehicle data and speed deployment of new revenue-generating features and services, the companies said on Tuesday. BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services (AWS) said the new intelligent vehicle data platform, called IVY, will compress the time to build, deploy and monetize in-vehicle applications and connected services across multiple brands and models, making it easier for automakers to collaborate with a wider pool of developers to accelerate development of apps and services. Carmakers have been reluctant so far to share with outside technology providers much of the data generated by their vehicles. IVY is designed to complement and run simultaneously with new digital vehicle architectures developed by Volkswagen, General Motors and others. The platform is built

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The biggest hacks, data breaches of 2020

Cybersecurity may be far from many of our minds this year, and in light of a pandemic and catastrophic economic disruption, remembering to maintain our own personal privacy and security online isn’t necessarily a priority. 

However, cyberattackers certainly haven’t given anyone a break this year. Data breaches, network infiltrations, bulk data theft and sale, identity theft, and ransomware outbreaks have all occurred over 2020 and the underground market shows no signs of stopping.

As a large swathe of the global population shifted to work from home models and businesses rapidly transitioned to remote operations, threat actors also pivoted. Research suggests that remote workers have become the source of up to 20% of cybersecurity incidents, ransomware is on the rise, and we are yet to learn that “123456” is not an adequate password. 

Many companies and organizations, too, have yet to practice reasonable security hygiene, and vulnerabilities pose a constant threat

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Industrial Computer Maker Confirms Ransomware, Data …

Advantech reports the stolen data was confidential but did not contain high-value documents.

Industrial computer manufacturer Advantech has confirmed a ransomware attack that led to the theft of confidential, though low-value, corporate documents, BleepingComputer reports. 

Advantech, a global leader of embedded and automation platforms for Internet of Things (IoT) system integrators, manufactures embedded PCs, industrial IoT (IIoT) devices, network devices, servers, intelligent systems, and intelligent healthcare tools among its many offerings.

The Conti ransomware group was reportedly behind this attack and demanded a $12.6 million ransom to both decrypt target systems and stop publishing the data they stole. They also claimed they would remove backdoors installed on Advantech’s network if the ransom was paid. Attackers began to leak stolen data on their ransomware data leak website on Nov. 26. 

Advantech reports the affected server has been recovered and all key operating systems are functioning as normal.

Read more details here.

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How Retailers Can Reinvent Shopping With Data And Mobile

Pactera EDGE Chief AI Officer. Leads organizational transformation using data, technology, information systems, analytics and data products.

This holiday season, retailers have an opportunity to completely reinvent the online/offline experience forever by taking shopping closer to the consumer. They already have the technology in place to do it.

A Different Holiday Shopping Season

It’s clear that the 2020 holiday shopping season will be different as shoppers and retailers plan for a time of uncertainty and social distancing. A Google-commissioned Ipsos survey found that 74% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to shop online more than they have done in previous seasons. Shoppers will still visit stores, but retailers should not expect a stampede of eager shoppers on big shopping days such as Black Friday. Many shoppers will look to services such as curbside pickup to minimize exposure to other people. (In fact, Salesforce predicts that stores retailers offering some

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S&P Nears $44 Billion IHS Markit Deal to Build Data Giant

(Bloomberg) — S&P Global Inc. is in advanced talks to buy IHS Markit Ltd. for about $44 billion, a deal that would accelerate the wave of consolidation among Wall Street’s biggest data providers.

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An announcement could come as early as Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter, who declined to be identified because the information isn’t public. IHS Markit was valued at $36.9 billion at the close of New York trading on Friday, after climbing to a record earlier in the week. S&P has a market capitalization of $82 billion after climbing 25% in New York this year.

The proposed tie-up of S&P with IHS Markit, a research firm with more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists, is part of a race for scale as the industry’s largest players try to capitalize on surging demand for data and analytics in increasingly computerized

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