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POPI Adoption Expected Soon

Although parts of the POPI (Protection Of Personal Information) Act have technically been in force for some time already, the remaining (and most important) provisions have not yet been adopted. Last week however, the Chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa indicated that her office had requested the President adopt the remaining provisions and [...]

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: News, Online Marketing, Retention Marketing|Tags: , |

Leaked Facebook Emails Reveal Poor Data Practices

According to internal messages leaked from Facebook earlier this month, top-level employees strategised about how they could leverage the vast quantity of user data Facebook controls in order to limit or disadvantage companies which they perceive as threats, including YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. Although Facebook does not sell user data, it does share some of [...]

By | November 29th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Google Ad Practices Under Investigation

Heading toward the end of a year which has no doubt proven trying for practically all of the online "giants," Google, perhaps the biggest of all, is facing yet another anti-trust investigation, this time brought against it by a nationwide group of states, including DC and Puerto Rico. The investigation appears to be following a [...]

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: Google, Google Ads, News, Online Marketing|Tags: , |

YouTube To Stop Servings Ads To Kids

It's not just Facebook who has been facing the regulators for their business practices. Google property YouTube has been under investigation by the same Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, by collecting data on children under the age of 13. The issue has apparently been resolved by a negotiated [...]

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Google Ads, News|Tags: , |

525 Million Africans Online

According to data compiled by marketing firm Miniwatts, and sourced from Nielsen Online, the International Telecommunications Union, GfK and local regulators, an estimated 525 million people on the African continent went online last month. More than internet users in North America and the Middle East combined, despite the lowest level of internet penetration. The only [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Facebook Currency A Potential Economic Threat

Late last month, following an on-going series of leaks about the project, Facebook officially announced its plans to launch their own, in-platform cryptocurrency, to be known as Libra, scheduled for 2020. According to the Libra Whitepaper released by Facebook, their mission is to "enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Google Terminates Controversial Chinese Project

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this month, Karan Bhatia, Google's VP of Public Policy, admitted that the company's controversial plan to re-launch its search engine in China while complying with the country's restrictive internet censorship laws had been underway, but said that that it had been cancelled. The new Chinese version of Google [...]

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: Google, News|Tags: , |

Facebook CEO Facing Unprecedented Threat

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, Facebook Chairman, and controlling shareholder, has always made a point of ensuring that his power over Facebook is effectively unassailable, an approach that many have felt unfair at best, and totalitarian at worst. Now, in the wake of consecutive years of scandals involving the social media giant on everything from their [...]

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Facebook To Get Biggest Ever Redesign

At the end of last month, Facebook announced that it would be getting what will probably be the biggest ever redesign of the platform in 15 years. The new look was officially revealed at the annual Facebook Developers conference, (F8) in California. The new design will remove the ubiquitous blue menu bar, and replace it [...]

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Intel Chip Security Flaws Patched

Earlier this month, researchers released information revealing a flaw in almost every Intel chip manufactured since 2011 that made it possible to harvest sensitive data, including account tokens, keys and passwords, from the processor. Microarchitectural data sampling results from a flaw in the physical design of the chip, and in response, software firms have stepped [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |