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Google identified as ‘serial privacy violator’ after making changes in policy: Report




CALIFORNIA: American multinational technology company Google’s recent move regarding the policy change has now resulted it in being branded as a ‘serial privacy violator’, said a report by The Washington Post.

“Consumer Watchdog and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have now filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stating that Google had made changes in its policy in the said month in order to gain more data from its users,” the report added.

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The recent move by the US search engine company has been branded as “highly deceptive” by the same consumer advocacy groups. The groups claimed that Google did not make it clear as to what had changed, which may have lead to plenty of its users blindly accepting those policy changes.

“Google has said that the changes were made after global testing hinting that a few users did know about the change,” they said.

The report further revealed that the company was also involved in a similar privacy-related incident back in 2011 that resulted in a consent decree with the FTC.

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“Google was fined $22.5 million in 2012 after allegations that the search giant was discovered tracking users using Apple’s Safari browser,” it said.




 

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China opens its first ‘cyber court’ to settle online disputes

BEIJING: China has launched its first cyber court to settle online disputes and note the internet-related complaints of the locals.

The facility has been provided to the residents of the eastern city of Hangzhou — home to e-commerce giant Alibaba. According to China Daily, the internet users can now register their Internet-related civil complaints online and wait to log onto to their trial via video chat.

“The cyber court will “offer regular people an efficient, low-cost solution to these new kinds of disputes that take place on the internet,” Du Qian, the cyber-court chief justice said.

“Not only will this make lawsuits as convenient as online shopping, but it will also give online shopping the same degree of judicial protection as consumption at brick-and-mortar stores.”

The court will handle cases such as online trade disputes, copyright lawsuits and product liability claims for online purchases.

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Reminiscing the life of Arfa Karim – A star who faded early

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Arfa Karim Randhawa, the Faisalabad born world’s youngest IT expert was the pride of Pakistan who displayed signs of an extraordinary memory from a very youthful age. She was the brightest star the world has ever witnessed. Arfa was a gift from the God to her family and this nation. Her father has always said that her daughter was the shining star of his family.

The girl, described as one of Pakistan’s brightest brains by the founder and chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates, had always dreamed of the future of technology in Pakistan. She followed her dreams and achieved the goals she set in her early age. With her finest IT skills at the age of six, she developed her interest in the world of computers and got full command on using Windows and its application software in just two years time span.

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Arfa Kareem was learning Microsoft Certified Application Development at APTECH. She started to work on application development in the early months of her studies.

The girl was sharp and had a faster pace. She became the proud girl of Pakistan when she achieved the title of “The World’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional”. She held this title for two years from 2004 till 2006. The most inspiring aspect she gave to the world and the young generation is that she was always proud of her achievements and, for instance, she set her email signature “Youngest MCP in the World.”

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Upon completing her course, Arfa Karim Randhawa got the happiest moment in her life when she was invited by Mr. Bill Gates to visit Microsoft headquarters based in the United States in 2004. The proud daughter of the state was only nine when she got the chance to meet the world’s richest man.

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Besides, she was also honoured by the Pakistan government on her return from the United States with dozens of awards including Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology, Pride of Performance award from the then President of Pakistan. This was one of her biggest achievements as she was the youngest recipient of this award ever.

Not only this, Arfa Kareem was also tendered the invitation by Microsoft in 2009 for a keynote session in a THE-Ed Developers conference held in Barcelona, making her the only Pakistani in the conference among 5000 developers from all over the world.

The expertise of this young Randhawa girl doesn’t end here. According to her father, she was a very ingenious child and penned many poems. This one is a single piece from her poem diary where she describes the loveliness and the freedom of her thoughts.

Like a bird in the sky
Flying freely and so high
Like a fish in the water
And the king’s beautiful daughter

Like a tiny little mouse
Eating cheese around the house
Like a bear in the mountain
And the water in the fountain

Like a lion in the jungle
Roaring loudly with hunger
Like a monkey in the zoo
All the time copying you

Unfortunately, the brightest star of Pakistan started to lose its shine from December 22, 2011. Arfa Kareem had a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure, doctors said that she had suffered brain damage that had left her in the coma, and shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (Lahore). Mr. Bill Gates organised the U.S.A best doctors’ panel that was continuing contact with the assisting doctors of Arfa Kareem. Mr. Gates endured all her medical expenses.

Nevertheless, she showed some sign of improvement. However, after battling for life for 26 days, Arfa left this world for good on January 14, 2012 at the young age of sixteen, leaving her family and lovers in a deep grief.

Not just Microsoft Certification but the girl taught us to chase future technologies.

The shining star of Pakistan had numerous dreams of taking her country to the next level. She wanted free education, a separate IT city and much more for the people of Pakistan. Arfa Kareem was certain to fly high in her career, but something else was in store for her and the ‘unfortunate’ parents.

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After her death, Arfa Karim’s father said in an interview that her daughter wanted to bring the top IT experts to Pakistan for an IT City project. She was working on providing a great platform to the youth of Pakistan where they could grow with their professional skills. But it was unfortunate that the project was also buried alongside Arfa and no one tried to work on Arfa’s dream. Even the government did not take on her project and the country never got an IT City where the youth could get the expertise from international experts.

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“There’s a place for you here, we need you”: Sundar Pichai asks women to join Google

CALIFORNIA: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said that there was a place for women at Google and the industry has need of women employees.

“I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry. There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here, and we need you,” Pichai, who was addressing a coding event for women, said.

His views are crucial at a time when an anti-diversity manifesto, written by a Google software engineer James Damore, which claimed that “the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes”.

Pichai cut his vacation short to deal with the crisis over the manifesto that went viral inside the company and infuriated thousands of employees.

Damore has since been fired from Google.

Pichai earlier said parts of the 3,300-word manifesto crossed the line by “advancing harmful gender stereotypes” in the workplace.

“Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives,” Pichai said.

“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. Clearly there’s a lot more to discuss as a group, including how we create a more inclusive environment for all,” he added.

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