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August 2, 2019
Nick Bastone / Business Insider

Nick Bastone / Business Insider  
Google Suspends All Language Reviews for Voice-Powered Assistant After German Regulatory Authority Launches Investigation

Google has temporarily halted all language reviews for its voice-powered Assistant around the world after a German regulatory authority announced it is pursuing an investigation into the matter. A Dutch media outlet last month revealed that Google used leaked audio snippets to show that some Google Assistant users had been recorded by their devices unknowingly. Johannes Caspar, Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, said that the “use of speech assistance systems in the EU must comply with the data protection requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). In the case of the Google Assistant, there are currently considerable doubts about this.”

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June 27, 2019
Nick Bastone / Business Insider

Nick Bastone / Business Insider  
Alphabet’s Enterprise Security ‘Moonshot’ Company Chronicle to Become Part of Google Cloud

Google Cloud announced that Chronicle, Alphabet’s enterprise security company born in the X moonshot factory, is joining Google Cloud, highlighting how complicated Alphabet’s corporate structure has become. Chronicle started in Alphabet’s moonshot factory, X, in 2016 and “graduated” to become its own, separate company (under the Alphabet umbrella) by January 2018. Chronicle will join Google Cloud in the coming weeks and a full transition is expected to be completed by this fall. In announcing the transition, Chronicle CEO Stephen Gillett said that Google Cloud has already built its own products for “detecting threats and securing data,” but that “by combining our solutions, we can give customers a unique, single platform for securing their systems both on premise and in the cloud.”

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April 18, 2019
Nick Bastone and Rob Price / Business Insider

Nick Bastone and Rob Price / Business Insider  
Facebook Updates Old Blog Post to Say That Millions of Instagram Users’ Unencrypted Passwords Were Exposed to Employees for Years

In a confusing move on a busy news day that saw not only the release of the Mueller report but also other news affecting the company, Facebook updated an old blog post to announce it had stored millions of Instagram users’ passwords in an unencrypted format easily readable by its employees for years. The old blog post, dating from March, had originally announced that the unencrypted passwords for hundreds of millions of Facebook and Facebook Lite users had been accessible on its internal servers and that thousands of Instagram users had been similarly affected. The update to the blog post simply changed the words “tens of thousands” to “millions” for Instagram users. Facebook yesterday confirmed another security incident where it had accidentally scarfed up the contact lists for 1.5 million users.

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