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Microsoft will now monitor employees even more

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The company is preparing several updates designed to temper employees’ desire to break rules in the workplace.

If enterprise employees believe there are things they can do online without the knowledge of their superiors, then Microsoft has bad news for them. So, the company is preparing several updates designed to moderate the desire of employees to break the rules in the workplace.

Microsoft contributed to roadmap where she notifies her corporate clients about the innovations, several updates. The first reads: “Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Insider risk management – Increased visibility on browsers”.

The roadmap provides a link to Microsoft Compliance Center designed to protect companies from the dangerous activity of employees.

According to the Microsoft Compliance Center, “Web browsers are often used to access both sensitive and insensitive files in an organization.” The Compliance Center allows you to monitor “files copied to personal cloud storage, printed on local and network devices, transferred or copied to network shares, copied to USB devices.”

The question arises, is it possible to further increase the visibility? Judging by the second roadmap update, titled “Microsoft 365 Compliance Center: Insider Risk Management – New ML Detectors,” you can.

Obviously, the update means that companies will soon have bots that monitor employees’ activities on the network in search of possible risks. In other words, businesses that do not have enough “increased visibility in browsers” will be able to take advantage of machine learning technologies.

Microsoft offers a link to its Insider Risk Management page with an interesting phrase: “Customers acknowledge that information relating to the behavior, character, or performance of an individual user materially related to employment can be calculated by an administrator and made available to others in the organization. “

That’s right, you can investigate not only the activity and performance of an employee, but also his character. On the one hand, this is understandable. The easier it is for employees to make even the slightest violations, the more security restrictions should be. The more cybersecurity holes exist, the more chances that someone might want to exploit them.

On the other hand, this is further evidence of a complete lack of trust between people, especially between management and employees. Technology, because of its immediacy and ubiquity, has exacerbated this problem. The more companies use spyware to monitor employees (especially those working from home), the less trust between management and subordinates.

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Instagram said it is strengthening the protection of its underage users

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The head of Instagram is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on December 7 and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children.

Tuesday, December 7th, Instagram administration stated the intention to carefully select the content recommended for teens and to nudge them to other areas if they get hung up on one thing. On its blog, the service announced a few more changes that will affect teenagers.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on Wednesday, December 7, and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children online.

Recently, Instagram and parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) have come under fire for the potential harm to the mental health and safety of children online.

According to Mosseri, Instagram will disable the ability for users to tag or mention teenagers who are not their followers. Starting in January 2022, teenagers will have the opportunity to massively delete their content, previously set “likes” and written comments.

The service looked at control tools to limit potentially harmful or sensitive content to teens through search, hashtags, short videos (Reels) and featured pages, Mosseri said.

Instagram is also launching a Take a Break feature for users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, which will remind users to distract themselves if the user is stuck in the app for a long time.

In March 2022, Instagram will launch its first parental control tool that will allow parents and guardians to see how much time a teen is spending on the app.

In September of this year, the Instagram administration decided to postpone the launch of the version of the application for children for now, and now the press service of the service has confirmed that the Instagram management does not intend to return to this project yet.

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Israeli authorities strengthen oversight of cyber technology exports

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The move follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware developer NSO Group.

Israel’s Defense Export Control Agency has decided to tighten oversight over the export of offensive cyber products. Companies buying Israeli cyber technologies will have to sign a declaration to use the products “only for the investigation and prevention of terrorist attacks and serious crimes.” Countries that violate the terms of use may be subject to sanctions, “including restricting and / or shutting down the cyber system.”

As the Associated Press reported, the decision was made just days after another NSO Group spyware scandal. US diplomats in Uganda have been targeted by a software tool developed by the NSO Group. Spyware, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, has been used to hack iPhone smartphones by at least nine US foreign policy officials.

The NSO Group has faced a flood of international criticism over accusations that it helps governments spy on political opponents and human rights defenders. However, according to the company itself, its product is intended solely to help countries in the fight against crime and terrorism. Israel’s Defense Ministry has also drastically reduced the list of countries to which Israeli companies are allowed to sell their cyber technology. If earlier the list included 102 countries, now it has been reduced to 37. In particular, Israel’s new allies Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, in which cases of human rights violations are known, were excluded from it.

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Life360 service is suspected of selling geodata of children to third parties

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The company is one of the largest providers of confidential information on the personal data market.

Specialists of the non-profit organization The Markup spent investigation into the service Life360, which allows tracking the geolocation of children. As it turned out, the company is one of the largest providers of confidential information in the personal data market.

The Markup contacted two former employees of the so-called “data brokers” Cuebiq and X-Mode. Life360 made about $ 16 million in 2020 from selling user data to dozens of different companies, according to whistleblowers. In addition, two former Life360 employees also told the organization about the company’s additional source of income.

According to a former X-Mode employee, the raw location data from Life360 was one of the most valuable offerings on the market due to the sheer volume and accuracy of the data. A former Cuebiq employee joked that the company would not be able to carry out its marketing campaigns without the constant stream of location data from Life360.

The privacy policy of the application specifies the transfer of personal data, but the wording of the document actually allows the company to “transfer information to third parties in a form that allows you to identify the user.”

The functionality of the service allows you to prohibit the transfer of data, but this is not directly communicated to the user. This function is hidden in several sub-items of the settings, and consent to the use of information for commercial purposes is activated by default.

Whistleblowers said the company did not maintain adequate user anonymity and only removed names or home addresses prior to the sale. The rest of the information made it possible to easily identify the identity of the user. Any organization could become a buyer of data from Life360; the company did not enter into transactions only with government agencies.

The founder of the company, Chris Hulls (Chris Hulls) was unable to confirm or deny the results of the investigation.

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