Facebook violated self-imposed data protection requirements

Facebook actually no longer wants to share data with apps that have not been used for more than 90 days. In some cases, however, this has happened.

Facebook has breached a voluntary commitment not to give data to apps that have not been used for more than 90 days. The network admitted this on Wednesday (local time) in a blog entry. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, this rule was laid down in 2018. However, it has recently been noticed that in some cases apps will continue to receive the data if the app has not been used in the past 90 days. It was the data that had previously been released by the users.

As an example, Facebook cited a fitness app that a user uses to invite his friends from his hometown to a workout. Facebook did not recognize that some of his friends had been inactive for many months and should not have received the notification.

“Based on the data from the past few months that are available to us, we currently assume that this problem enabled around 5000 developers to receive information – such as language or gender – even after 90 days of inactivity”, the blog entry continues. However, no evidence was seen that this problem resulted in information being exchanged that did not match the permissions granted to people when they logged in via Facebook. read more

US regulatory agency classifies Huawei and ZTE as a “security risk”

The conflict between China and the United States continues. Huawei and ZTE technology may no longer be used in the US network.

The FCC has classified the two Chinese telecommunications equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE as a threat to national security. A corresponding decision was already made in November and was formally sealed on Tuesday. This means that Huawei customers in rural areas have to remove and replace the two companies’ equipment from existing US networks.

At the same time, they are no longer eligible to receive $ 8.5 billion in state aid to buy equipment. Huawei and ZTE were initially unavailable for comment. In the past, they had sharply criticized the decision.

The U.S. government has banned almost all U.S. companies from working with Huawei. It accuses the company of being too close to the communist leadership in Beijing and espionage. The company denies this.

Why robots still haven’t arrived in everyday life

Robots have not established themselves as helpers in everyday life – apart from vacuum cleaners. Why is that and what has to change for that to change.

They’re bland, quiet, and at the pushiest when they’re wrestling with the edge of a carpet or getting tangled in power cords. Vacuum cleaning robots are used in many households. Of the science fiction visions in which machines relieve humans of all mundane everyday tasks, they are the only widespread realization, apart from robotic lawnmowers.

Roomba is something like the iPhone of the industry: Introduced in 2002, the round robot was not the first of its kind. But it was the first to prevail. The Intelligent FloorVac for $ 200 defined the product category. To this day, Roomba defends its place despite many imitators. More than 20 million units have been sold, and there is no more successful home service robot.

Clara Vu played a significant part in this success. Her first job in 1998 after studying mathematics at Yale was to write the code that controlled Roomba. Its manufacturer iRobot, a start-up of three graduates from MIT’s elite university in Boston, was able to go public thanks to its success. Vu had enough and moved on. read more