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U.S. health regulators say they’ll convene a public meeting of medical advisers next year to discuss new science on breast implant safety, including an independent analysis to be published Saturday that suggests certain rare health problems might be more common with silicone gel implants.

The Food and Drug Administration said it would hold the meeting even as its officials and several independent experts disputed the new work. Leaders of the study concede that it has big limitations and cannot prove that implants cause any of these problems.

Yet it involves nearly 100,000 women and is the largest long-term safety analysis of silicone implants since 2006, when they were allowed back on the U.S. market after a 14-year gap due to safety concerns.

“We completely stand behind this study and we do feel it’s our best data to date,” said lead researcher Dr. Mark Clemens, a plastic surgeon at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Women need as much information as possible to make an informed decision about whether and what kind of implant to get, he said.

The journal Annals of Surgery plans to publish the report on Saturday. Study leaders have no current ties to implant makers although Clemens consulted for one in the past.

A POPULAR CHOICE

Each year in the U.S., about 400,000 women get an implant and most choose silicone over saline; surgeons say it can give a more natural look. Three-fourths are for women who want bigger breasts; the rest are for reconstruction after cancer surgery.

“Breast implants are not lifetime devices” and up to 20 percent of women getting them for enlargement need to have them removed within 8 to 10 years, the FDA’s website warns.

Complications can include infections, wrinkling, scarring, pain, swelling and implant rupture. Implant users also may have a very small but increased risk of a rare lymphoma, a type of cancer, the FDA has said.

But the agency decided there was not enough evidence to tie silicone implants to other problems such as immune system and connective tissue disorders, so it approved devices from two makers — Allergan and Mentor Corp. — in 2006. FDA required the companies to do more studies on how women fared, and the Texas researchers used these reports in an FDA database for their analysis.

WHAT THEY FOUND

Compared to women without implants, those with silicone implants seemed to have greater rates of an immune system disorder called Sjogren syndrome, a connective tissue disorder called scleroderma, and the skin cancer melanoma, although cases of these were rare, the researchers reported. But rates for other problems such as fibromyalgia were lower among implant users. Reproductive problems such as birth defects and stillbirths were mixed and inconsistent.

Furthermore, a higher rate of rheumatoid arthritis was tied to one brand but a lower rate for another. The difference gets to what critics called a fundamental flaw in the data used for the analysis: One implant maker required proof of diagnosis by a doctor rather than just a patient reporting a problem to include it in the database; the other did not.

Another study weakness is that more than half of women dropped out of touch within two years of their operations.

Because of these and other shortcomings, “we respectfully disagree” with the researchers’ conclusions and urge that they be viewed with caution, Dr. Binita Ashar of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said in a statement .

WHAT OTHERS SAY

“This study is messy” and has the potential to create more anxiety than insight, said Dr. Andrea Pusic, plastic surgery chief at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and president-elect of the Plastic Surgery Foundation, which supports research and advocacy by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The group gets industry grants for some of its work, and Pusic gets royalties from a questionnaire used in many studies including this one.

Dr. Charles Thorne, plastic surgery chairman at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and president elect of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said the inconsistency in some of the results “is a little hard to explain” since the devices are similar chemically.

But the study is a worthy effort, he said.

“We have to constantly reevaluate the data and make sure things are safe,” Thorne said. “The best evidence we have now indicates there’s no increased likelihood of these systemic diseases.”

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Data Sheet—The Thinking Behind Broadcom’s CA Technologies Acquisition

Some people like buying houses in lots of different places. Larry Ellison comes to mind. Some companies like to buy businesses that have nothing to do with their own. Coca-Cola once owned Columbia Pictures, presumably on the assumption that marketing sugar water ought not be that different from marketing movies. General Electric owned an investment house, Kidder Peabody. Jack Welch famously hated the compensation plans for star bankers, a different bunch than salute-and-follow-orders GE managers.

Broadcom, the semiconductor company formerly known as Avago, likes to buy things too. Given its Chinese ties, though, buying chipmakers has become more difficult (though in April it officially re-domiciled to the United States from Singapore). So the acquisitive company, acting more like a buyout firm than a manufacturer, has turned to software. It announced a $ 19-billion deal to purchase CA Technologies, the once-scandal-plagued mainframe-computer software maker formerly known as Computer Associates–and a serial acquirer itself back in the day.

Chip investors are puzzled by the move. “We guess we are going to be giving ourselves a crash course in mainframe and enterprise computing,” Ambrish Srivastava, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets, wrote to clients. Software analysts, meantime, smell opportunity. “We think the acquisition is supportive of unloved, value-oriented software stocks and highlights the durability of such businesses,” opined Brad Zelnick, who follows software stocks for Credit Suisse. “The deal also suggests a much larger universe of strategic buyers than most investors appreciate.”

The other day I wrote that Vista Equity Partners founder Robert Smith believes enterprise software companies share so many characteristics that best practices can be applied to operating many of them. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan is matching Smith’s thesis and raising him an industry: All enterprise technologies look alike to Broadcom.

It’s worth noting that Coke isn’t in the film business anymore. As for GE, which dumped Kidder a long time ago, well, it’s not in many businesses at all anymore.

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Merlin’s beard. Cord cutters who were relying on Google’s YouTube TV to watch the World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England on Wednesday got an unhappy surprise. The service crashed in the middle of the game and was offline for about an hour. The Googleplex had happier news for two of its X projects. Balloon-delivered Internet service Loon and drone delivery effort Wing graduated to become standalone companies.

Chamber of secrets. A major revamp could be on the way for fans of Apple’s Mac line of desktop and laptop computers. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, now at TF International Securities, on Wednesday said to expect significant boosts to the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and even the lowly Mac mini, which hasn’t been upgraded in years. On Thursday morning, Apple partially delivered, unveiling new MacBook Pro laptops with 8th-generation Intel CPUs.

Evanesco. If you noticed a sudden drop in the number of your Twitter followers over the next few days, don’t fret. The company is taking steps to cleanse itself of bad actors, including no longer counting locked accounts as followers. “Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop,” Twitter’s legal, policy and trust and safety lead Vijaya Gadde wrote.

Mischief managed. There was a bit of a kerfuffle (and a lot of headlines) on Wednesday over a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to change the way it handles informal complaints from consumers about issues like robocalls or improper billing. Some read a proposed change as meaning the commission would no longer investigate free, informal complaints, forcing consumers with real problems to file formal complaints and pay the associated $ 225 fee. But the Washington Post noted that the proposal barely altered the existing rule. And then, due to the controversy, the agency dropped a plan to vote on it today.

The Mirror of Erised. We’ve been waiting for literally years to see the amazing virtual and/or augmented reality gear from secretive startup Magic Leap. Now the hour draws near. The company on Wednesday announced an “exclusive” wireless distribution agreement with AT&T and said its first goggles product, the Creator Edition, would go to developers this summer. But many were less-than-impressed with a video demo Magic Leap showed.

Blast-Ended Skrewt. The Trump administration’s top antitrust enforcer doesn’t sound like he wants to mess with the tech giants much. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim tells the Financial Times that there are many benefits when big tech companies acquire smaller ones (like, say, Facebook buying Instagram). “I think there’s great efficiencies that could occur from a lot of these,” Delrahim said. “You can’t, you know, in retrospect try to second guess that.”

Wingardium Leviosa. It got an awful lot of hype when first announced in May, but now HTC appears to be scaling back expectations for its so-called blockchain phone, the HTC Exodus. The phone, coming by year end, won’t be able to mine for digital currencies but will have an offline “cold storage” wallet to hold cryptocurrency, the company told the Verge this week. There will also be some kind of partnership with CryptoKitties. Oh boy.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The growing menace of distracted driving due to smartphones seems inexorably linked with the rise in accidents and vehicular fatalities. Some states are trying to legislate their way out of the problem. A Georgia law that took effect on July 1 may be the nation’s strictest, prohibiting a driver from even touching their phone unless their car is legally parked. No checking Waze. No reading email at a red light. Nada. In a piece for The Atlantic, Ian Bogost explores how the law is working.

None of the ordinary citizens I talked to had any idea that the Georgia law went to such extremes. Most understood that they couldn’t hold their phones anymore and resolved to deploy some kind of dashboard mount. But they still assumed they’d be able to touch their phones upon those mounts. That’s how California handled the situation when it adopted a similar law in 2016: California Assembly Bill 1785 allows drivers to execute a “single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger” in order to “activate or deactivate a feature or function” of the device. The Georgia law is somewhat unclear on the matter, as is guidance for drivers provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia. The law might say a lot less than the clarifications, commentary, and coverage about it. Daniel J. Grossman, an Atlanta lawyer, says “It is the commentary that has created confusion, not the statute itself.”

One reason the law might perplex drivers is that operating a car has become a lot more like operating a smartphone. A 2009-model-year car I own features knobs to control the climate and buttons to operate the radio. My 2017 minivan, by contrast, just has a giant touch screen, on which different submenus must be selected to alter the cabin temperature, view navigation, or change radio channels. I asked the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety about the difference, from a safety perspective, between operating a manufacturer-provided dashboard touch screen and a dash-mounted smartphone. Robert Hydrick, the organization’s communications manager, wouldn’t speculate on the rationale behind the legislation but did affirm that “there is no law to my knowledge that prohibits drivers from touching or using any of their accessories provided by the manufacturer of their vehicle.”

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Speaking of Harry Potter spells–I mean literally speaking them–Virginia product developer Ben Markowitz had a wacky idea. He’s using Apple’s new Siri shortcuts feature to train his iPhone to react to spell trigger phrases from J.K. Rowling’s series. Utter “lumos maxima” at Markowitz’s iPhone and you’ll get the flashlight turned on, full blast. Cute.

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Activists Are Already Targeting Google and Facebook Over Europe’s New Data Privacy Law That Went Live Today

Europe’s sweeping new data privacy regime came into effect this morning, and privacy activists are not wasting time in flexing their muscles. One organization has already made official data protection complaints about Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, while another is going after the shadowy data brokers that trade people’s information behind the scenes.

The complaints about Google, Facebook and Facebook’s subsidiaries come from a group called None Of Your Business (NOYB)–a non-profit founded by the very successful serial Facebook litigant Max Schrems. Schrems, the Austrian lawyer who annihilated the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor data-sharing agreement a few years ago, formed the crowdfunded NOYB in order to take on big tech firms that break the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

The new law only lets companies process people’s data if they have a valid legal basis for doing so. Several justifications are acceptable, and consent is one of the most frequently-chosen options. However, users have to be able to freely give their consent–the law says people can’t be forced into consenting to their data being processed, in order to use a service.

According to Schrems and his NOYB group, Google and Facebook are railroading users in this way.

“Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the ‘agree’ button-that’s not a free choice; it more reminds of a North Korean election process,” said Schrems in a statement. “Many users do not know yet that this annoying way of pushing people to consent is actually forbidden under GDPR in most cases.”

So NOYB has lodged complaints with a variety of European privacy regulators, “to enable European coordination.” One complaint, covering the consent requirements of Google’s Android, has been filed in France. The main Facebook complaint has been filed in Austria, while those for Instagram and WhatsApp are in the inboxes of the Belgian and Hamburg regulators respectively.

In case you’re wondering how a company is supposed to deliver a service without users giving their consent to their personal data being processed, here’s the deal: If the data really has to be processed in order to deliver the company’s services, then that’s a valid legal justification in itself. For example, an email service doesn’t need to get consent in order to send and deliver people’s emails. Consent is only needed when the company is trying to do other things with that data, such as using it to make money from advertisers.

Schrems and his non-profit argue that, if their complaints are successful, the victory should put an end to all those annoying consent popups that many companies think the GDPR demands.

“If companies realize that annoying pop-ups usually don’t lead to valid consent, we should also be free from this digital plague soon,” he said. “GDPR is very pragmatic on this point: Whatever is really necessary for an app is legal without consent, the rest needs a free ‘yes’ or ‘no’ option.”

Google and Facebook had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, a separate group in the U.K.–Privacy International–has launched an investigation into the companies that do behind-the-scenes trading of personal data.

The organization has sent letters to firms like Acxiom, Criteo and Quantcast, asking them how they handle personal data. The GDPR is pretty firm on this stuff–people are supposed to know when a company has their data, and companies are not supposed to be using that data to build profiles of people if that’s not the case.

“We welcome GDPR taking effect,” said Privacy International legal officer Ailidh Callander. “It’s been a long time coming, and GDPR is an important step in the right direction, providing essential safeguards to our human rights to privacy and data protection, by imposing more stringent obligations on companies, strengthening rights of individuals, and increasing enforcement powers. GDPR is a key tool to empower individuals, civil society, and journalists to fight against data exploitation.”

The GDPR threatens companies with massive fines for breaking its many terms–up to EUR20 million ($ 23.4 million) or 4% of global revenues, whichever is bigger. While these are big, scary figures, though, it is deeply unlikely that fines will be that high in any but the most egregious cases.

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20 Advocacy Groups Say YouTube Illegally Collects Data on Kids

A group of advocates has asked the FTC to investigate YouTube, alleging that the Google subsidiary isn’t doing enough to make sure it isn’t collecting data on kids.

A complaint was filed Monday by the Center for Digital Democracy, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and 18 other child, consumer, and privacy advocacy groups. The coalition argues that Google, YouTube’s parent company, violated the 1998 Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which says companies have to get a parent’s consent before collecting data on users under the age of 13.

YouTube’s terms of use say users have to be 13 or older to create an account. They have also released a YouTube Kids app to allow children to interact with age-appropriate content. However, even that kid-safe zone has come under fire recently, as some videos have been inappropriately included in the service. YouTube is reportedly considering a new iteration of the app that would have no algorithm. Instead, all accessible content would be reviewed by a real person.

The complaint to the FTC is only the latest in a series of data and advertising scandals that have forced social networks and their users to examine the policies and implications of sharing online.

A Google spokesperson told CNN: “Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. We will read the complaint thoroughly and evaluate if there are things we can do to improve.”

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Facebook will notify you if your info was shared with data firm

NEW YORK — Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than…
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Data breach hits Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor stores

Hackers have stolen the records of up to 5 million credit and debit cards, including at certain New York and New Jersey Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Lord & Taylor stores, a cybersecurity firm said Sunday. Hudson’s Bay Co., parent of the department stores, is investigating the situation, it said. “Once we have…
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Under Armour data breach hits 150 million fitness fanatics

Under Armour confirmed late Thursday that a data breach has affected approximately 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts. The initial reports suggest that stolen data may include usernames, email addresses, and hashed (not plain-text) passwords. According to CNBC, the data stolen doesn’t include payment data such as credit cards, which is stored separately. Under Armour doesn’t collect more…
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Data points to further economic expansion in Japan

Japan's industrial production rebounded in February from a large decline in the previous month.
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Facebook shares recover after cutting ties with data brokers

Facebook shares rebounded Thursday, bringing at least a temporary end to a weeks-long slide for the beleaguered social network. The Mark Zuckerberg-run site, whose stock has tumbled more than 21 percent from its Feb. 1 high, saw its shares climb 4.4 percent Thursday, to $ 159.79. The bounce-back came a day after the social network said…
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Twitter’s data problems could be even worse than Facebook’s

Things look bad at Facebook, but they’re even worse at Twitter. That’ s the bearish call from short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who sent Twitter shares tumbling more than 10 percent on Tuesday as he raised fresh concerns about data-privacy issues. In 2017, data licensing accounted for $ 333 million of Twitter’s $ 2.4 billion…
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New Facebook-Backed Law Would Let Foreign Governments Get Your Data Without a Warrant

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Facebook, plunged into crisis by the Cambridge Analytica revelations, is now scrambling to assure users – and investors – that this time, their data really, truly is secure. And on a recent post-crisis media blitz, founder Mark Zuckerberg has emphasized that the mass exfiltration of scads of profiles from unsuspecting Facebook users was a vestige of a past privacy practice, not a symptom of anything wrong with current Facebook policy.

Yet Facebook urged Congress to pass a measure, the CLOUD Act, that privacy advocates warn makes it easier for a foreign government to acquire Americans’ emails, pics, videos and other online data, and then share that with U.S. law enforcement. It also makes it easier for those foreign governments to get the online lives of their own citizens from the servers of companies like Facebook.

Congress tucked the CLOUD Act into its omnibus spending bill – the measure it passed in the wee hours of Friday morning to avert a government shutdown. President Trump, after vacillating, signed it into law today.   

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Facebook user sues over data breach scandal

A Facebook user has sued the social network and is hoping for a class action case, alleging that her privacy was violated when data company Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested personal information from millions of users. Lauren Price of Maryland sued Facebook along with Cambridge Analytica in federal court in San Jose on Tuesday and seeks…
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Facebook bans Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica

Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling Facebook it had deleted the information. The social network issued a blog post explaining its decision, although the tale is convoluted. Years ago, Facebook said, Cambridge Analytica received…
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Industrial production from euro area and consumer prices from Germany are due on Wednesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.
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Outdated Tech? 8 Ways to Rescue Your Old Data from Old Devices

The computer revolution is already a few generations old, and in all that time we’ve seen many technologies fall by the wayside as innovative, more efficient devices and file storage solutions moved in to take their place. Today’s computers, cameras, and flash drives with their superior processing power, versatility, and storage capacity have left in their wake a host of obsolete hard drives, memory cards, and cassettes. You’d be hard-pressed to open any files stored on these outdated media on one of today’s devices. But don’t despair: That old data isn’t necessarily lost forever. With a bit of sleuthing and persistence, you can recover files from old formats. Take care, though. If you attempt to recover on your own any data that is truly irreplaceable, such as photos of your child’s first birthday, a long-lost recording of your high school garage band, or videotaped messages from your wedding guests, you could unwittingly damage or destroy it beyond hope of retrieval. For your most precious and prized mementos, turn the original storage media over to a reputable professional restoration service.
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Junk food, energy drinks may pose unique risks for teens, new data shows

The popularity of energy drinks and junk food might have unique risks for teenagers who consume too much of them during the later stages of brain development. These are just two of the factors potentially affecting teen brain development examined in a new special issue of Birth Defects Research: The Teenage Brain, published by the Teratology Society with John Wiley & Sons.
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Are You a Coinbase User? Your Data Could Be on Its Way to the IRS

Coinbase will send some of its customer’s data to the IRS in the coming weeks. In an email dated Feb. 23, the cryptocurrency exchange informed around 13,000 users that it would be providing information–albeit in “certain limited categories”–to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to crypto news site Coindesk.

“If you have concerns about this, we encourage you to seek legal advice from an attorney promptly,” Coinbase advised.

The exchange said it would send the required data to the tax authorities in the next 21 days.

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The measure follows an ongoing legal battle. In 2016, the IRS tried to obtain the information of some 500,000 Coinbase users.

In November, Coinbase was ordered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to hand over user data where trading volume exceeded $ 20,000 from 2013 to 2015, Coindesk reported.

In the email message, Coinbase said the reduced requirement was a “partial, but still significant, victory.”

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European Economics Preview: Germany’s Economic Sentiment Data Due

Economic confidence from Germany is due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.
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Singapore Retail Sales Data Due On Monday

Singapore will on Monday release December figures for retail sales, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In November, retail sales were up 5.1 percent on month and 5.3 percent on year.
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European Economics Preview: UK Industrial Output, Foreign Trade Data Due

Industrial production and foreign trade from the UK are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 1.45 am ET, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs is scheduled to issue Swiss unemployment data. The jobless rate is seen unchanged at 3 percent in January.
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China Inflation Data Due On Wednesday

China will on Wednesday release December figures for consumer and producer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.
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Facebook founder in fresh bet on data start-up

A firm which invests part of the vast wealth of the founders of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter is leading a €40m (£35m) fundraising for Collibra, a Brussels-based data start-up.
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Reports: Uber paid hackers to keep data breach affecting 57 million customers quiet

Uber reportedly paid hackers $ 100,000 to remove the data of 57 million customers they stole in a massive 2016 data breach, according to Bloomberg.

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Uber executives concealed the hack for over a year

Names, phone numbers and email address were among the data stolen. Around 600,000 driver’s license numbers belonging to Uber drivers were also compromised in the October 2016 breach.

Social security numbers appear not to have been stolen in the breach.

Uber executives reportedly concealed the hack for over a year and have been terminated, according to BuzzFeed.

Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company’s handling of the data theft in a blog postthat said there’s no evidence the stolen information has been misused.

The company released a statement Tuesday on the 2016 attack.

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The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.

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Equifax says it hasn’t lost any big clients since data breach

Washington is coming down hard on Equifax, but the company’s big corporate clients are giving it a pass. The embattled credit bureau said Friday it hasn’t lost any significant business customers since it announced in September that hackers had breached its systems and made off with the sensitive data of 143 million customers. The number…
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Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange

Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data analytics firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails.

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Hurricane disruptions could really slam Friday’s government jobs data, says Barclays economist

"The Fed has already signaled the data is going to be noisy and they expect some weakness," Michael Gapen says.
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Equifax’s ex-CEO grilled on massive data breach

Equifax’s ex-CEO faced a barrage of criticism from Congress on Tuesday during a relentless hearing that lasted more than three hours — but was reluctant to give new details about how 145.5 million people had their information stolen. Richard Smith, who led the credit rating bureau for 12 years before stepping down late last month…
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Former Equifax chairman apologizes for data breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chairman and CEO of Equifax says the company was entrusted with the personal information of more than 140 million Americans and “we let them down” as human error and technology failures allowed a massive data breach.
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SEC hackers accessed authentic data used by companies in tests

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – Hackers breached the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s computer system last year by taking advantage of companies that used authentic financial data when they were testing the agency’s corporate filing system, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service have since launched an…
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Upcoming consumer confidence data could be key

The consumer confidence index, published by the Conference Board, is due for release on Tuesday.
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The SEC Hack Shows That Not Even Top Government Data Is Safe

A major computer hack at America’s top stock market regulator is the latest sign that data stored in the highest reaches of the U.S. government remains vulnerable to cyber attacks, despite efforts across multiple presidencies to limit high-profile breaches that are so frequent many consider them routine.

In recent years, nation-state and criminal hackers, as well as rogue employees, have stolen data from the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department and intelligence agencies, including millions of government employee files allegedly exfiltrated by the Chinese military, U.S. officials say.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), America’s chief stock market regulator, said on Wednesday that cyber criminals may have used data stolen last year to make money in the stock market, making it the latest federal agency to grab headlines for losing control of its data.

At the same time, being only the latest major breach is not special, said Dan Guido, chief executive of Trail of Bits, which does cyber security consulting for the U.S. government.

“It simply reflects the status quo of our digital security,” said Guido, who is a former member of the cyber security team at the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank.

Central bank officials have detected dozens of cases of cyber breaches, including several in 2012 that were described internally as “espionage.”

The U.S. federal government has sharply increased funding dedicated to protecting its own digital systems over the last several years, attempting to counter what is widely viewed as a worsening national security liability.

But as one of the world’s largest collectors of sensitive information, America’s federal government is a major target for hackers from both the private sector and foreign governments.

“When you have one central repository for all this information – man, that’s a target,” said Republican Representative Bill Huizenga, chairman of the House subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, which oversees the SEC.

Last year, U.S. federal, state and local government agencies ranked in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to benchmarking firm SecurityScorecard.

An update of the rankings in August showed the U.S. government had improved to third worst, ahead of only telecommunications and education.

“We also must recognize – in both the public and private sectors, including the SEC – that there will be intrusions, and that a key component of cyber risk management is resilience and recovery,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.

The federal government audits cyber security measures every year at top agencies, producing reports that routinely expose shortfalls and sometimes major breaches. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also looks for hacking attempts and helped spot an alleged intrusion by Chinese military-backed hackers into a major banking regulator between 2010 and 2013.

Weekly scans of government systems by the Department of Homeland Security showed in January that the SEC had critical cyber security weaknesses but that vulnerabilities were worse at three agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and the General Services Administration.

Some agencies said they had improved their cyber security posture since that report.

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A GSA spokeswoman said the agency has not had any critical vulnerabilities in the past six months, and that the ones identified in January were patched in under 10 days.

A Department of Labor spokesman said all identified vulnerabilities had been fixed and that its systems were not compromised by the identified flaws.

But, he added, “addressing vulnerabilities associated with legacy systems can be challenging.”


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Equifax data breach: Why millennials should be worried and how they can protect themselves

You’ve probably heard about the massive data breach that recently hit the credit bureau Equifax — but if the news just kind of went through one ear and out the other, it’s time to listen up!

I get that all the data hacking can get confusing — with so many breaches and hacks happening all over the place these days —it’s nearly impossible to keep up or even know what you’re supposed to do about it. So a lot of people have simply just stopped paying attention. BAD IDEA! 

Why? Because this one single hack is worse than any other breach we’ve ever seen.

Why young people should be worried about the Equifax hack

If you aren’t quite sure what happened, why it’s so bad and what you can do, you aren’t alone. But you need to know, so here’s the scoop.

The hack that hit Equifax, one of the nation’s three main credit reporting agencies, is being called the worst data breach in modern American history — and with very good reason.

The extensive personal and sensitive data stolen from 143 million Americans (which  is about half the U.S. adult population) was more than enough for criminals to destroy people’s financial lives — and continue to cause Americans financial damage and trouble for the rest of their lives.

Here’s a look at the information criminals were able to access:

  • Names
  • Birth dates
  • Addresses (including current and all past addresses)
  • Social Security numbers
  • Phone numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • and even more.

The damage to your credit & financial life could take years, even decades, to repair

When crooks get their hands on this information, or even just part of it, they can open new bank accounts, credit cards and other new lines of credit in your name — among other things — and in the process, destroy your credit and your financial life for years or even decades.

Your credit is at the center of your entire financial life — and any damage to it can cause you some big problems both now and down the road.

Your credit reports track payments and other information for every loan, credit card, retail card and any other line of credit or bill you have, or had, in the past. Your report contains pretty much all the details of all your accounts, including limits, balances, when you paid on time, when you paid late, when you applied for the credit and more. It even contains information on other bills you may have never paid or paid late, including student loans, medical bills, utility bills, cell phone/cable bills etc.

When you want to open a new credit card, get a car loan, get a mortgage — your credit report is pulled by the lender so they can determine if they want to give you the line of credit or loan, and how much. The report is used to set your interest rates on these loans — and if you have bad credit, you’ll pay higher interest rates.

This is why maintaining good credit and a good credit score is crucial — especially when it comes time to buy a house or car, or refinance a loan, like student loans.

So when a criminal starts wreaking havoc on your credit, it could mess up a lot of your short-term and long-term money plans.

How the hack could hit millennials harder than other generations

They have a lot of financial milestones ahead of them.

Millennials have a lot more financial milestones ahead of them, compared to say someone in their 50s. And in order to reach these milestones — and make big purchases like a car or house — it’s going to require good credit.

Building a good credit history isn’t easy, and it takes time. The damage caused by just one missed payment can actually take years to repair — so when a young person is hit by identity theft, the damage can follow them around for years.

They have shorter credit histories.

When your credit history spans 30 or 40 years, it can offset a few dings and damage that occur over the years.

But since millennials haven’t had much time to build up a long history of credit accounts and on-time payments, even little negative marks  — like a criminal opening a few new lines of credit or a credit card in your name — can do major damage — which then causes your credit score to drop.

And fixing that damage can take years — because you have to build back up a good credit history of on-time payments and other things that can take a long time before they have a positive impact on your report and credit score.

How to protect yourself

Equifax has set up a specific website to help consumers find out if their information has been exposed. The company says it is also sending notices in the mail to consumers whose credit card numbers and/or dispute documents were exposed.

If you want to check whether you were impacted, here is the direct link to the page on the Equifax website: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

*Important note: Equifax is also offering consumers the option to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.

DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THESE SERVICES.

Instead, whether or not Equifax says your information was stolen, you need to take the following two steps to protect yourself, your money and your financial future!

Take these 2 steps

1. Sign up for Credit Karma’s free credit monitoring: Go to creditkarma.com to sign up for a free account and you’ll get access to free credit monitoring. If they notice any suspicious activity, you’ll get an alert. Plus, Credit Karma also gives you free access to your credit scores and reports, as well as tips on what factors are impacting your credit.

2. Freeze your credit with all three main credit bureaus: By freezing your credit files, you can prevent criminals from using your information to wreak havoc on your financial life. Even if your info was not exposed by the Equifax hack, this is the best way to protect your identity and your money.

Check out our Credit Freeze Guide to learn how to freeze your credit with each main agency.

Keeping up with your credit reports and score is crucial moving forward. Once you sign up for Credit Karma, you check for suspicious activity and get updates on factors impacting your credit.

Another thing you need to do is monitor your financial accounts DAILY! This will allow you to spot any errors or potential fraud early, so you can report it to the lender or bank immediately!

One more important note!

Taking steps now to protect yourself is crucial, because while criminals may have your information, they may not decide to use it for years. So by freezing your credit and monitoring your financial accounts, you can minimize any potential damage that could come along down the road.

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Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach

NEW YORK (AP) — Equifax announced late Friday that its chief information officer and chief security officer would leave the company immediately, following the enormous breach of 143 million Americans’ personal information.
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Amazon is skewing the whole country’s retail sales data and is likely behind last month’s drop

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Equifax data breach poses massive threat to retail accounts

The Equifax hack is threatening to create a massive holiday headache for shoppers and retailers alike. The trove of personal data from 143 million Americans that got exposed at the credit-monitoring giant is a gold mine for criminals, who can use it to break into the checkout profiles shoppers have created on retail sites, security…
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How to Protect Your Credit After the Equifax Data Breach

How to Protect Your Credit After the Equifax BreachMillions of people (unfortunately, not an exaggeration) are wondering what many Corporette® readers are also wondering: how to protect their credit after the Equifax data breach. On September 7, Equifax revealed that hackers may have exposed Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, website security questions/answers, etc., for up to 143 million people — a “breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data [handed] over to criminals,” as Ars Technica put it. (With all the upsetting news stories recently, someone thought we needed even more things to worry about!) We’ve seen some contradictory information online — and the sheer amount of advice out there is overwhelming — so we thought we’d round up some expert advice in one place. Ladies, what steps have you taken to protect your credit after the breach? Have you used any services or had any success in freezing your credit? If you’ve written to government officials about changing the laws, share your script!

Here are the best recommendations for how to protect your credit:

1. Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to check if you’re at risk. Since announcing the site, Equifax has clarified that checking your status and enrolling in TrustedID Premier, its free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection, “does not waive any rights to take legal action.” So, after clicking on “Potential Impact,” enter your last name and the last six digits of your SSN. From there, you’ll get information on enrolling in TrustedID Premier, including the date you can register. (You must do so by November 21). You won’t need to enter your credit card number to enroll,  so you don’t have to worry about automatically being charged for the following year’s fee. 

Note: Checking your status may not be as useful as it seems. ZDNet and Krebs on Security, among others, have reported that people have entered fake information and gotten an answer, while others have received different answers on different tries, or on a smartphone vs. a computer. I also felt nervous entering six (not just four) digits of my SSN on Equifax’s site, but my SSN is probably already out there, so there’s that.

That said, in case you’re interested in Equifax’s TrustedID service, here’s what it does:

  • Gives you copies of your Equifax credit report.
  • Allows you to lock lenders’ access to your Equifax credit report. (Be aware that when you want to apply for new credit, it may take 24–48 hours for Equifax to unlock it.)
  • Provides monitoring of your Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit reports.
  • Scans the internet for your Social Security number.
  • Provides identity theft insurance.

(Of course, you might stop to consider whether you feel comfortable trusting Equifax with these responsibilities, considering the massive breach that took place on their watch…)

2. Freeze your credit through the three credit reporting bureaus. A credit freeze doesn’t stop someone from charging anything to your existing accounts, but it does make it more difficult for anyone to use your name to open a new account. Freezing your credit prevents third parties from accessing your credit file (unless it’s a company you already do business with, such as your mortgage lender) unless you remove the freeze, either temporarily or permanently. Yesterday, Equifax announced that for 30 days it will waive its fees to freeze credit files, but only after many people complained that they were charging for it. For information on how you may be charged for a credit freeze (aside from this specific situation), check this updated chart of state credit-freeze laws. It usually costs $ 5–$ 10. (The New York Times also suggested freezing your credit with Innovis.)

3. If you don’t want to freeze your credit (even though identity-theft experts recommend doing so), place a fraud alert on your credit files. Creditors will be notified that you are a potential victim of identity theft and know that they should take care to verify your identity by contacting you directly before they open a loan or establish other credit in your name. A fraud alert lasts 90 days, but you can extend it. Also, don’t wait until April 18, 2018, to file your 2017 taxes — do so as soon as you receive the documents and information you need. That way, you can get ahead of any potential scammers who plan to use your SSN to get a refund, for example. In an article at Bankrate, Robert Siciliano, the CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, said, “Everyone should assume their information has been compromised,” either through this data breach or one that affected another company in the past.

4. Keep an eye on your credit report, bank accounts, and credit card, as well as email and snail mail. Remember, you can access your credit report for free every 12 months from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. You should get your credit reports from this site only (not from one of its imitators), and make sure to type in the URL in your browser rather than click a link from another site or an email. (To be extra careful, that’s a smart thing to do for any sort of financial site.) Some credit cards offer free access to your FICO score (my Citibank Simplicity card does, for example) so check if yours is one of them. Another strategy: I recently set up text alerts with one of my credit cards — every time my card is used to pay for something and I’m not there in person, I get a notification. (Unfortunately, that means that I get a text every time I use my card online, which is irritating, but I suppose it’s worth it.)

5. Do your research before signing up for a non-Equifax credit monitoring or identify monitoring service. (Unlike with TrustedID, you’ll have to pay, of course.) This may be a subject for a separate post, so here’s some info from other sites: The Simple Dollar reviewed what it says are the best three services, IdentityForce, LifeLock, and ID Watchdog, while some in the know have said these services aren’t really worth the money, considering the monitoring you can do on your own for free (see: The Motley Fool, Time, Wired).

Have you been wondering how to protect your credit after the Equifax data breach? Have you checked whether your personal information may have been compromised? Have you decided whether or not to freeze your credit and/or enroll in Equifax’s free service? Have you been a victim of identity theft in the past? What were the consequences, and how did you handle it? 

Further Reading:

  • CNN has fact-checked six common rumors about the security breach.
  • Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Hiltzik wrote a column called, “Here are all the ways the Equifax data breach is worse than you can imagine,” that points out some aspects of the breach you might not know about. (Ignore the outdated portion that says those who enroll in TrustedID won’t be able to sue.)
  • A very thorough NYT column by Ron Lieber offers a lot of valuable information, as well as questions he’s asked Equifax that have yet to be answered.

Everyone loves to hear that your personal data has been compromised in a major breach like the recent one from #Equifax. Yaaay!  Seriously, though - it can be a major headache but it's vital that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your future. We rounded up the best tips for how to protect your credit, including how to freeze your credit and how to set up a fraud alert, as well as looking into credit protection services like Lifelock, LifeLock, and ID Watchdog.

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How much do you think your personal data is worth?

A cybersecurity firm called Kaspersky Lab forced consumers to ask themselves that question this week with a pop-up shop in London that only let you buy products by giving up some personal data.

In partnership with London street artist Ben Eine, Kaspersky Lab ran the experiential pop-up called The Data Dollar Store, in the Old Street underground station. The aim was to push consumers to recognize the value of their personal data. The products, including artwork by Eine, could only be purchased using “Data Dollars”–photos, emails, and messages from the consumer’s phone. The personal data was then displayed on two full-length screens in the shop’s window.

Read: Equifax Hackers Steal Personal Details of Up to 143 Million People

Kaspersky Lab found that 29% of people worldwide have been victim to a cyberattack, but that 39% leave their phones unprotected. Studies also found that people would give away emotionally valuable data for small amounts. Kaspersky Lab created the pop-up as a means to highlight the value of an individual’s personal data, in the hopes that consumers would better protect themselves.

Ben Eine agreed with the aim, telling CNET that he’s concerned about how personal data is used and why we’re “not rewarded for giving this information away. Companies use that information and target us to sell products, to feed us information that we wouldn’t necessarily look at. And I thought this is good opportunity to raise awareness.”

Read: Personal Data of 6 Million Verizon Customers Was Leaked

According to Engadget, the costs were as follows: three photos or screenshots of Whatsapp, SMS, and email conversations for a mug; the last three photos on your camera roll or last three messages for a t-shirt; and for an original print, you had to hand over your entire phone. A staff member would then select five photos or three screenshots to be used.

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ABC premiered #RisingStar Sunday night and generated more than 1 million app downloads, and there is more to this innovation than television finally moving beyond the simple hashtag for live programs.

Users connected either a Facebook or Twitter account to activate the application during the two-hour music talent show hosted by Josh Groban. The gimmick is that by being a voting “judge” users might see a profile photo on a huge video wall that rises, if a performer gets 70 percent of the vote to move to the next round.

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The #RaiseTheWall hashtag generated some of the usual activity on Twitter, but it was the Rising Star app that is worth further attention. While the 2-ton wall was mostly difficult to see, the show was collecting massive amounts of user data.

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