In a day and age where so much of our lives are based online, it would be nice to think that whenever we choose to ‘delete’ something, they remain ‘deleted’. However, with cloud storage and certain privacy policies coming into play, that isn’t always going to be the case. According to a recent report by TechCrunch, Twitter seems to have fallen foul of such behavior, as it appears that they may be retaining private or direct messages (known commonly as DMs) despite users having deleted them outright.
However, Saini’s evidence suggests otherwise. This archive appears to suggest that some data from suspended or discarded accounts could still be accessed should other people they may have interacted with wish to download their own history. Twitter has allowed users to download all of their social data for some time now – what’s missing, however, is the functionality to be able to reverse a DM, which is a policy which in itself appears to have been reversed by the brand over the years.
Twitter has thus far offered only a vague response. It is reportedly “looking into this further to ensure we (Twitter) have considered the entire scope of the issue.” Many privacy campaigners and experts are concerned that the proof may land Twitter in hot legal water, at least as far as recent European privacy regulations are concerned. This means Twitter may be at risk of being fined heavily as a result of GDPR ruling. Whether or not that will come to pass, however, is pure speculation at this time.
Video-conferencing giant Zoom has missed its own deadline of publishing its first transparency report.Zoom had previously stated that it would be releasing the number of government demands it has received by June 30. But now the company has said that it has missed the deadline, TechCrunch reported.The video-conferencing giant hasn't confirmed any date as of now as to when it will publish the transparency report. Zoom witnessed a massive spiker in its user base as millions worldwide started working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Transparency reports in general offer rare insights into the number of demands or requests a company gets from the government for user data. These reports are not mandatory but they are important to understand the scale and scope of government surveillance.
According to Business Insider, Starbucks will close up to 400 store locations in the U.S. and Canadian, which accounts for 4% of their total stores. The coronavirus pandemic forced Starbucks to temporarily close locations globally. With an estimated revenue plunge, their CEO, Kevin Johnson says that the coffee giant will pivot towards digital. TechCrunch reports that Starbucks plans to reopen smaller locations with more focus on curbside pickup, walk-up counters, and drive-thrus.
Google on Wednesday released the first beta version of Android 11 after a series of developer previews. According to TechCrunch, the tech giant is also making the pre-release versions of the new android available for its over-the-air updates. As of now, the list of supported devices only includes Google's Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4. As per Google, the beta versions focus on three themes - people, privacy, and controls. In an official Android Developers Blog, the company had earlier noted that with the Android update, users will have an option to grant a temporary 'one-time' permission to sensitive data like location, after which, the app will have to request permission again for the next access.
Through a live-streamed town hall, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that many of the employees of the tech giant will be allowed to work from home even after COVID-19 crisis.According to TechCrunch, the move comes after Twitter announced a permanent work from home for its employees and many other tech companies like Spotify following the same partially or completely.The announcement was followed by another surprise announcement which said that Facebook will be setting up its new hubs in the Denver, Atlanta and Dallas areas.
Reuters Tesla representatives visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas, this week to scope out a potential site for its fifth Gigafactory, according to a TechCrunch report. The newest Gigafactory will produce the Tesla Cybertruck and Model Y. Tesla will announce which of the two finalist cities will be the site of the Gigafactory in the next three months, and as soon as this month, CEO Elon Musk said during the company's first-quarter conference call.