Private Browsers, AI & ESG, Facebook Data Leak, Dark Patterns, Value of Data, and Cryptocurrency

This week, we begin with an article about how private browsers like Brave and DuckDuckGo provide better privacy protection than conventional browsers. Next, we look at how financial institutions can use artificial intelligence (AI) to enforce ESG standards. The following article discusses the personal data of half a billion Facebook users that were leaked online. Following that is a report about how Donald Trump used dark patterns to trick supporters into contributing millions of dollars in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election. Next is an article on the value of data in leveraging companies during the economic recovery. Finally, we have a video about Visa’s decision to allow the use of the cryptocurrency USD coin to settle transactions on its payment network.

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

Most of us use web browsers out of habit. If you surf the web with Microsoft Edge, that may be because you use Windows. If you use Safari, that’s probably because you are an Apple customer. If you are a Chrome user, that could be because you have a Google phone or laptop, or you downloaded the Google browser on your personal device after using it on computers at school or work.

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How Financial Organizations Can Use AI To Apply ESG Standards

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices within the investment community have long been viewed as a nice-to-have but not a requirement. However, years of analysis have now made it abundantly clear: ESG practices and how well corporations act as global citizens do matter.

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Personal data of 533 million Facebook users leaks online

Personal data from 533 million Facebook accounts has reportedly leaked online for free, according to security researcher Alon Gal. Insider said it verified several of the leaked records. “The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India,” according to Insider. “It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and — in some cases — email addresses.”

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Trump used dark patterns to trick supporters into donating millions more than intended

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, he didn’t stop asking his supporters for money. The emails kept coming in. But by the end of his four years in office, according to a new report in The New York Times, they had begun to look an awful lot like a scam.

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Getting Data Right In 2021

This past year, companies across the globe learned a hard lesson about data. The pandemic, financial downturn and rise of remote work all combined to make it clear that collecting and analyzing your company’s data is key to running an effective, efficient organization. Companies that couldn’t put their data to work had a much harder time adapting to the new normal.

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Visa moves to allow payment settlements using cryptocurrency

Visa said on Monday it will allow the use of the cryptocurrency USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network, the latest sign of growing acceptance of digital currencies by the mainstream financial industry.

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