Londoners are receiving bogus texts saying they have violated the UK's coronavirus lockdown rules and are being fined. The government says anyone getting the notices -- which include links for making payments -- should ignore them, because they are scams.
A new Google website provides reports on how well people are complying with social distancing orders and recommendations around the world. The site uses anonymized location data collected from Google products and services to determine changes in crowd patterns at retail stores, recreational areas, grocery stores, pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and homes.
More than half of employees in the legal sector admit to breaking company policy or knowing of it having been broken, putting clients' data at risk, finds a survey commissioned by Egress Software Technologies, a cybersecurity firm. The time pressures of practicing law and pleasing clients can lead to "bad data hygiene practices," says Alexander Urbelis of Blackstone Law Group.
HP is offering market- and country-specific relief initiatives to help its global channel partner community navigate operational and financial challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to providing financing and leasing options for end customers, the company is implementing a flat-rate incentive program and extending deadlines for submission of proof of performance and reporting.
Google is changing its policy on ads involving "sensitive events" and will allow government agencies, hospitals, medical providers and certain other entities to run ads relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The policy, which Google said was created "to protect users by blocking ads that try to capitalize on short-term events like natural disasters," will soon be lifted for political organizations as well.
The coronavirus crisis has sent legal departments scurrying to their files to search for clauses that govern force majeure -- unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract. Naturally, that's a job for artificial intelligence tools, including those from Evisort, whose CEO says he has never seen such a rush to gather data.
Much of the world is greatly concerned about the coronavirus, but some Generation Z members are not, so city leaders are taking their public health messages to that demographic via TikTok. Among them is Jordan Gilgenbach, Minneapolis' digital communications coordinator, whose TikTok videos use entertaining approaches to convey serious information about the pandemic.
The New York State Legislature has approved a proposal to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, such as delivery vehicles, and to allow local governments to set their own regulations for the vehicles. The proposal limits scooters to 15 mph and bicycles to 25 mph, requiring some riders to wear helmets.
The surge in online shopping resulting from stay-at-home directives has brought an increase in digital credit card skimming. The scam, in which malware is hidden in payment pages of e-commerce sites to steal credit card information, is difficult for consumers to detect, but experts say shoppers can minimize the threat by using only sites that already have their payment information stored.
The Key Ring app stored 14 million users' data in misconfigured buckets on Amazon Web Services, vpnMentor reports. The 44 million images left exposed included credit cards, medical insurance cards, government ID cards, medical marijuana ID cards, NRA membership cards and membership lists for major retailers such as Walmart, Mattel and Foot Locker.
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