SEC enforcing cyber security disclosures following SolarWinds cyber attack

According to two sources familiar with an SEC investigation, the regulator has opened an investigation into last year’s SolarWinds cyber attack; the probe is focusing on whether failed to disclose that they had been affected by the hack. Last week, the SEC sent investigative letters to a number of public issuers and investment firms requesting voluntary…

UK unveils draft Online Safety Bill aimed at imposing sense of responsibility on social media companies

On Wednesday, in a significant development Britain said, it plans on unveil a new law which will fine social media companies up to 10% of their global turnover of 18 million pounds ($25 million), if they fail to remove online abuses such as racist hate crimes; the law will also see senior managers face criminal…

TikTok’s owner ByteDance agrees to settle $92M class-action lawsuit

According to a document filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois, China’s ByteDance has agreed to settle a $92 million class-action lawsuit from U.S. TikTok users who had alleged data privacy concerns. ByteDance, TikToko’s owner, has agreed to the settlement after more than a year of litigation. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather…

Non-compliance to British laws will attract fines on social media companies

Social media companies operating in Britain, including Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok could face fines up to 10% of their respective turnover if they fail to remove and limit the spread of illegal content under laws proposed by Britain on Tuesday. In a statement the British government said, social media platforms will need to do more…

Astanor Ventures raises $325 million for investing in agri-food tech startups

On Friday, Astanor Ventures, a backer French insect breeder Ynsect as well as Germany’s vertical farmer InFarm stated, it had raised a $325 million fund to invest in sustainable agriculture, food, and ocean technology startups. The new fund will back ventures that seek to make the food supply more resilient to climate change and attempt…

Cloud security startup SentinelOne’s valuation touches $3 billion in latest funding round

In an interview, Tomer Weingarten, the CEO of SentinelOne said, the startup has raised $267 million from venture capital backers including Sequoia and Tiger Global, and saw its valuation jump to more than $3 billion – nearly three times its valuation in February 2020. The startup uses artificial intelligence technology to protect mobile phones and…

Facebook partners with external researchers to study impact of social media during 2020 U.S. Presidential election

In a significant development, Facebook Inc disclosed that it has partnered with external researchers to examine its impact during the crucial 2020 U.S. presidential election. The findings of the studies will be published in the middle of 2021, at the earliest. The initiative expands its Social Science One project wherein academics study the political impacts…

Unpatched Apple’s Safari web browser allows tracking of users browsing behavior

Researchers from Google have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Apple Inc’s Safari web browser. These vulnerabilities allow the tracking of users’ browsing behavior, reported the Financial Times. These coding flaws were found in a tool specifically designed to protect privacy and could have allowed third parties to obtain sensitive information about browsing habits of users,…

U.S. unveils procedures which shields telecom networks from national security threats

In a significant development, the United States has unveiled a procedure which is aimed at protecting its telecommunications networks as well as their supply chains, from national security threats. In May 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump had issued an executive order declaring a national emergency which bars U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by…