Data Privacy

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Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony being given Wednesday by a senior executive at the technology company.

Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, will tell members of the House Judiciary Committee that federal law enforcement in recent years has been presenting the company with between 2,400 to 3,500 secrecy orders a year, or about seven to 10 a day.

Michael McTague | |

In this third and final entry of the series, we look at the sometimes unpleasant balance between making money and maintaining an ethical core, a challenge faced across industries.

Kimberly Redmond | |

After expressing concern over the power of social media companies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for global rules to regulate platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

During a press conference Thursday at United Nations headquarters in New York, Guterres said he believes social media companies should not have the authority to determine what content is considered inappropriate.

Reuters | |

Facebook Inc soundly beat quarterly revenue estimates on Wednesday after heavy holiday advertising by e-commerce retailers, but it warned Apple’s impending privacy changes could hurt revenue by interfering with ad targeting.

The world’s biggest social media company said in its outlook that it expected to face “significant ad targeting headwinds in 2021.” Facebook forecast that Apple’s update of its iPhone operating system to iOS 14 could start biting into revenues as early as the end of the first quarter.