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Tech's deepening split over ads and privacy

A new conflict between Apple and Facebook is spotlighting privacy concerns that stem from online advertising.

Aug 27, 2020 - Technology
EU-U.S. privacy rift leaves businesses in disarray

Thousands of firms are scrambling to figure out how to get data over from Europe without exposing themselves to legal risks.

Aug 12, 2020 - Technology
What companies know about you

An Axios series on what information different companies have on you.

Feb 3, 2020 - Technology
Deep Dive: The end of anonymity

Data that might once have gone unnoticed can now be detected, analyzed and logged in real time.

Sep 7, 2019 - Technology
Cities are the new data guzzlers

A smart city can vacuum up details like your location or daily habits.

Jun 29, 2019 - Technology
Deep Dive: Inside the mass invasion of your privacy

Our lackadaisical approach to safeguarding data has made a handful of companies extremely powerful.

Updated Mar 9, 2019 - Technology

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Flock Safety says its car-watching cameras can reduce crime across Tampa Bay

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Atlanta-based Flock Safety, which has a team of employees in Tampa and is hiring more, wants to reduce crime nationwide by 25% in three years.

State of play: That goal might seem extreme, but the upstart company says it typically sees a 25% drop in crime soon after partnering with a city, and it's operating in more than 1,200 nationwide.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Jul 13, 2021 - Technology

Even smart cities are falling short on cybersecurity and inclusion

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A new report makes the case that even cities that have made the most progress on digital transformation are failing on cybersecurity and technology governance.

Why it matters: Cities are investing billions in new technologies meant to improve urban life and services. But they're doing too little to keep systems safe from hacking and ensure that all residents can get equal access to the benefits of a smart city.

Jul 1, 2021 - Technology

The future of IDs is in your eyes

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Your form of identification to get onto flights and into live events could be your own body.

Driving the news: That's what CLEAR, the biometric security company that went public Wednesday, is betting.

Jun 24, 2021 - Technology

Google delays effort to phase out cookies by two years

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Google says it plans to officially cease support for third-party cookies by late 2023, after initially promising to do so by the beginning of 2022.

Why it matters: The tech giant says it needs more time to work with industry partners to incorporate and test feedback about new cookie-replacement proposals from the ad industry, including Google's proposed cookie alternative, a contextual targeting solution called "FLoC."

How the U.S. got boxed in on privacy

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The federal government's failure to craft a national privacy law has left it to be squeezed on the issue by the EU on one side and California on the other.

Why it matters: Companies are stuck trying to navigate the maze of EU and state laws, while legislators in Washington have no choice but to use those laws as de facto standards.

Jun 8, 2021 - Technology

Key tech vendor for Congress latest victim of ransomware attack

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iConstituent, a tech vendor that provides constituent outreach services to many House offices, is the latest major target of a ransomware attack, Punchbowl News reports.

Why it matters: For several weeks, nearly 60 House offices have been unable to receive constituent information as a result of the attack, according to Punchbowl.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jun 6, 2021 - Technology

Roblox CEO: Human reviewers are key to keeping the metaverse safe

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Roblox CEO David Baszucki says in an "Axios on HBO" interview that he is confident that his company can keep kids safe even as adults and children mix in increasingly complex digital worlds.

Why it matters: Roblox is among the companies trying to create a Ready Player One-like "metaverse," while trying to avoid the dystopian future often associated with such virtual environments.

Jun 2, 2021 - Technology

Hackers breached New York's transit agency systems in April

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A hacking group with supposed ties to the Chinese government breached the computer systems of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority in April, the New York Times reported Wednesday, citing MTA documents.

Why it matters: The revelation comes amid a surge of cyberattacks. "The breach was the third — and most significant — cyberattack on the transit network, North America’s largest, by hackers thought to be connected to foreign governments in recent years," the Times writes.

Updated Jun 1, 2021 - Technology

Top meat supplier is the latest victim of a cyberattack

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Major meat supplier JBS USA was the latest victim of an organized cybersecurity attack, with servers in North America and Australia impacted, the company said Sunday.

Why it matters: JBS USA is the largest producer of beef in the country, The Hill notes, and is a major supplier of poultry and pork. JBS’s five biggest beef plants — which collectively manage a total of 22,500 cattle per day — have paused processing after the weekend attack, according to JBS. The hack has led to one-fifth of U.S. beef production being wiped out, Bloomberg reports.

May 17, 2021 - Technology
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The new digital extortion

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If you run a hospital, a bank, a utility or a city, chances are you'll be hit with a ransomware attack. Given the choice between losing your precious data or paying up, chances are you'll pay.

Why it matters: Paying the hackers is the clear short-term answer for most organizations hit with these devastating attacks, but it's a long-term societal disaster, encouraging hackers to continue their lucrative extortion schemes.

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