Monthly Archives:November 2018

Uber slapped with $1.2M in British, Dutch fines for 2016 hack

27 Nov 18
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Uber was hit with a pair of fines by British and Dutch regulators Tuesday for its failure to protect customer data during a 2016  breach.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined the ride-hailing service £385,000 ($490,760), and the Netherlands’ Data Protection Authority imposed a 600,000 euro ($678,780) penalty.

In October 2016, hackers stole names, emails and driver’s license numbers of 57 million drivers and riders in multiple countries by breaching Uber’s system. Uber paid $100,000 to the data thieves to delete the information, which didn’t include Social Security numbers of US citizens or credit card information.

It impacted 2.7 million British and 174,000 Dutch riders and drivers, according to the two governments.

“This was not only a serious failure of data security on Uber’s part, but a complete disregard for the customers and drivers whose personal information was stolen,” Steve Eckersley, ICO’s director of investigations, said in a statement. “At the time, no steps were taken to inform anyone affected by the breach, or to offer help and support. That left them vulnerable.”

Since the breach occurred prior to introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, both fines were issued under old legislation. GDPR, the EU law that gives citizens more control over their personal data, allows for a maximum fine of 20 million euros or 4 percent of a company’s annual global revenue from the previous year, whichever is higher.

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Bose SoundSport Wireless review: The Bluetooth sports headphone to beat

26 Nov 18
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Bose’s SoundSport Wireless, the company’s first Bluetooth sports headphone. isn’t perfect either, but it may just be the best Bluetooth sports headphone currently out there.

What makes it the best? Well, it’s very comfortable to wear, sounds good, seems well built, and — at $150, £140 or AU$249 — it isn’t outrageously priced.

Like the original SoundSport wired, which remains in the line and gets a price chop from $130 to $100, this new SoundSport Wireless has an open design. By open, I mean you don’t jam the earbud into your ear and completely seal off your ear canal (that type of headphone is referred to as a “noise-isolating” in-ear headphone). Thanks to Bose’s StayHear+ eartips, which come in three sizes — small, medium, large — the bud sits loosely in your ear yet remains securely in place.

This model is equipped with a special sport version of the StayHear tips that’s different from the StayHear tips included with Bose’s earlier in-ear headphones, so they aren’t interchangeable. I should also point out that because the earpieces extend out from your ears you’ll probably have some trouble wearing these under certain helmets.

The ear pieces are somewhat bulky, but not so bulky to feel heavy on your ears. However, if there’s a criticism of this headphone’s design, it’s that the ear pieces could protrude out a little less and be more discrete-looking. Easier said then done, of course — today’s battery technology is holding back miniaturization efforts.