1. Data privacy concerns: Facebook paid youth users to install an app that allows them to collect phone usage  

“According to TechCrunch, which first reported the existence of Facebook Research, the company paid users aged 13 to 35 a monthly fee, of up to $20, to install the app on iOS and Android. When they did, all of their internet data, however they connected and whatever apps they were using, was funnelled through the company’s servers, allowing it to keep track of their activities on other services.

Onavo Protect was used by the company for the same purpose but was removed from the iOS App Store in June 2018 when Apple implemented new rules that banned the collection of “information about which other apps are installed on a user’s device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing”.

Facebook Research avoided Apple’s enforcement of those privacy rules by asking users to install it using a feature called an “enterprise developer certificate”, which is intended to allow companies to build applications for internal use without needing to publish them to the App Store.”

Read the full article on The Guardian: Apple cracks down on Facebook after it paid teens for access to their data

  1. Terrorism: Southeast Asia has the right ingredients for ISIS to concoct violence with porous borders, weak regimes, and disenchanted marginalised Muslims

“Analysts said that Singaporeans’ attitudes towards terror-related issues are a source of concern.

“There’s still that thinking that terrorism is a Middle East problem. It will never happen here,” said Associate Professor Bilveer Singh of the National University of Singapore.

According to the MHA threat assessment report, a survey last year showed that 97 per cent of the respondents agreed that all Singaporeans have a role to play in preventing and dealing with a terror attack.

In addition, 60 per cent of the respondents recognised that Singapore is a target for terror attacks.

But there was also this finding: Only around 20 per cent felt that the threat is imminent, that an attack might occur in Singapore within the next five years.

Mr Faizal, the RSIS research fellow, said that “some complacency” still exists as “some Singaporeans may take our long period of peace for granted”.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: The Big Read: Battered in the Middle East, IS eyes Southeast Asia as next terrorism hotspot

  1. Rohingya refugee camps: Angelina Jolie visits the stateless Rohingyas in Bangladesh to assess humanitarian needs as part of the United Nations refugee agency

“U.N. investigators have accused Myanmar’s army of carrying out mass killings and rapes with “genocidal intent” during the massive offensive that laid waste to hundreds of Rohingya villages in the western Rakhine state.

Myanmar denies the charge and says its offensive was a legitimate response to an insurgent threat and has pledged to welcome the refugees back.

But the United Nations says conditions are not yet right for return. The Rohingya say they want guarantees over their safety and to be recognised as citizens before returning.

Jolie said she had met stateless Rohingya who described being “treated like cattle” in Myanmar.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps, says refugees’ plight ‘shames us all’

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