Day: February 10, 2021

Exclusive: EU’s Vestager warns Apple to treat all apps equally amid privacy dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, has warned Apple Inc to give equal treatment to all apps on its platform amid the iPhone maker’s privacy changes that have drawn charges of anti-competitive practices from rival Facebook Inc.

Apple will in the spring ask iPhone users for consent to track their data for personalized ads in what it says is a move to protect users’ privacy but which will limit apps’ ability to gather data from people’s phones that can be used for targeted advertising.

Facebook has been among the most vocal of the critics which stand to lose a substantial part of their revenue from Apple’s move.

Facebook in a December blog post called it anti-competitive behaviour, saying that Apple’s own personalized ad platform would be exempt from the new requirement giving users a choice of whether to opt in to tracking by third parties.

Vestager said while

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Singapore working to plug gaps in government IT systems

Singapore is in the midst of rolling out tools and measures to plug several “IT weaknesses” highlighted in a report, including weak controls and an inadequate review process of privileged user activities. The report also stressed the need to mitigate new risks and vulnerabilities that are brought about by the accelerated rate of digital transformation amidst the global pandemic. 

Efforts have been underway to address the IT loopholes since last year, with automation tools taking centrestage, according to the latest report by the Public Accounts Committee. These measures were planned in January last year, when the committee chided the public sector for recurring IT lapses in its 2020 report. It also pointed to a lack of good standard operating procedures in user access rights management, with the logging and review of privileged user activities carried out manually. 

The committee added that controls over third-party vendors and partners could be beefed

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Seattle’s Porch marks new era as public company with first Super Bowl ad touting home services tech

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount Porch paid for a Super Bowl ad. The story and headline have been updated.

Porch has been on quite a run the past several weeks, and it culminated Sunday night with a surprise Super Bowl ad for the Seattle-based tech company.

The 30-second spot aired right after the game ended and was a rapid-fire display of the various ways people can love their homes using Porch’s home services tech. National ads that ran during the game were reportedly priced at $5.5 million for 30-second units. Porch’s ad ran in the extended Seattle area and was much less expensive.

Porch went public at the end of 2020, raising more than $322 million through a merger with PropTech Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition corporation, and a private investment from Wellington Management Company.

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