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T-Mobile reports 37M customers’ data hacked

T-Mobile informed US regulators that a bad actor gained access to data on roughly a third of the company’s 110 million customers. The breach, which was active for approximately six weeks before being discovered and then shut down within 24 hours, reportedly did not access the most sensitive data, such as financial data. Customers were informed that hackers did not gain access to full data sets, though information compromised can still be useful for hackers for phishing and identity theft.

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Online pharmacies sharing abortion pill data

January 24, 2023

ProPublica found that nine of eleven online pharmacies selling abortion pills used web trackers that share sensitive data with Google. This can put customers at risk since data could be shared with law enforcement. The 9: Abortion Ease, BestAbortionPill.com, PrivacyPillRX, PillsOnlineRX, Secure Abortion Pills, AbortionRx, Generic Abortion Pills, Abortion Privacy and Online Abortion Pill Rx; collect web addresses visited; click, location and search data; and information on devices being used.

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Social Commerce Struggles Due to Low Trust in Social Platforms

February 8, 2023

While retail media has been an unexpected success, its sort-of opposite, social commerce, has never met expectations.  This Simplicitydx survey explores why: the biggest problem is low trust in social platforms, which means people prefer to buy directly on brand sites.  Social shopping still has a role to play in product discovery, although social won’t always receive credit if the sale is completed elsewhere.

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