Tech News This Week
Okay, deep breath... Privacy International has uncovered documents revealing that GCHQ collected potentially millions of people's social media data. It gets better. This information came from private companies' databases, and was allegedly shared back with other private companies and foreign governments. We keep saying this, and we'll say it some more: all of these issues root from the fact that our data exists in hundred of companies' databases, where we have no autonomy or control over it. So oooover.
Microsoft has a privacy battle of its own... The feds want Microsoft's data stored on foreign servers. On Monday, the Supreme Court granted a petition from the Department of Justice to review a case from last year, in which the court of appeals had agreed with Microsoft that US law enforcement cannot use traditional search warrants to seize emails of citizens of foreign countries that are located in data centers outside the US. Problems, problems...
An Apple a day… CB Insights have drawn up an in depth look at Apple's stake in the healthcare market. Grabbing more and more of our health data through Apple Watch, the Health App, a slew of acquisitions in the space, and dedicated research teams, Apple might have more information about our bodies than the NHS, or insurers. Are our own bodies being commercialised without us even taking any notice?
Enter Niido… the lovechild of Airbnb and some real estate developer called Newgard. Taking their threat to traditional hotels and serviced apartments a notch higher, Niido 'powered by Airbnb' gives both travellers and renters purpose built apartments in Florida, carrying Airbnb's brand cache. Take that, rental market.