Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent technology, data security and mobile related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 2/11-2/15.
With biometric technology like facial recognition, our tech devices are becoming easier and more convenient to use. But with the rising popularity comes the rise in government concern. It is apparent that facial recognition technology is just the latest in a series of innovations that have triggered a rush for regulation. Experts say efforts by policymakers to limit the use of such technology harms public safety efforts and deters mobile innovation.
Since May of last year, many have been scrambling to get in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A recent report published by DLA Piper shows that while 60,000 data breaches have been reported, less than 100 have received fines. The reason behind the low number of fines is likely due to over-extended regulators. Inevitably the larger headline grabbing breaches have taken priority when allocating resources, so many organizations are still waiting to hear from regulators whether any action will be taken against them in relation to the breaches they have notified.
With a plateaued smartphone market, more consumers are turning towards used mobile phones. This trend is heavily supported by the affordability of used and refurbished devices as well as a push for greener, sustainable waste practices. Persistence Market Research (PMR) forecasts the second-hand market to reach $39 billion in 2025 in global revenue, up from almost $20 billion in 2017.
A recent paper distributed by arXiv discusses the concerning lack of security when it comes to companion apps for IoT devices. Many consumers are torn between assuming their brand name IoT devices are secure enough to rely on while others are skeptical about the security efforts of these devices. And it turns out, being split in this decision is pretty accurate. The arXiv paper discovered about 50 percent of IoT devices can be exploited. This means that if you have a smart home, there is a 50/50 chance whether the apps you use to manage these devices has any basic security features at all.
Monday, February 18 will mark the annual day to appreciate the convenience batteries provide to our daily lives. As consumers, it’s our responsibility to recycle them when they reach end-of-life. As an R2, RIOS and ISO 14001 certified company, HOBI International will participate in the hopes to transform the world into a more sustainable environment. We hope that you will join us in these efforts! You can check out the article below to find out how you can actively participate.