Author Archives: Ashwin Krishnan

IDG Contributor Network: Do you know who the new Guardians of the Galaxy are? It’s the morally upright CISOs

If you have no clue what I am talking about I promise to make amends in a minute or less. Yes – I am referring to the amazing superheroes from the Marvel series who – and this is taken verbatim from Wikipedia – “form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting the galaxy, rather than reacting to crises as they happen.”

Well, the new galaxies in our digitized and artificially intelligent world are the Facebooks, Googles, Amazons and Alibabas of the world. And pay attention to that telling phrase “proactive in protecting rather than reacting to cries as they happen.

The image of a guardian conjures up images of celebrities or politicians with able-bodied musclemen scowling at everyone. But did you know that all of us consumers – anyone who uses Facebook – or any other app on a large platform – have a guardian as well? And this guardian may not be someone you have ever met (or ever will), you may even be surprised at the title she holds. And this bodyguard may not prevent bodily harm or injury, they will protect your most important asset – your data, which arguably may even be more important than your body in this digital age.

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IDG Contributor Network: GDPR is more important than ever: The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook meltdown

If you have not grasped the extent of this fiasco, it could be because it was late evening in the U.S. on Friday last and the weekend has dawned in most other parts of the world when this new broke.

In a nutshell, a Facebook app developed by one Dr. Aleksandr Kogan called “thisisyourdigitallife” had obtained user data through that app (which was originally built in 2014) by scraping data from the profiles of people who took the quiz as well as that of their friends—apparently allowed under Facebook’s policy for third-party apps at the time!!

This is the scariest part: Although only about 270,000 people took the survey, the New York Times reports, yet that Dr. Kogan was able to obtain data on 50 million users, probably through connections and other means!

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