Articles tagged “privacy”

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

David Koenig, Associated Press

The Department of Homeland security seems to have bowed to public pressure on a plan to introduce facial screening for American citizens. But it's still using the practice on foreign visitors — something not all travelers will be happy with.

2 months ago

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

3 months ago

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When guests stay in short-term rentals, they shouldn't have to worry that hosts might be sharing their intimate photos and personal information on Facebook, whether it be in nominally private groups or not. Airbnb, Vrbo, Facebook, and others need to be more vigilant so that their hosts aren't violating privacy policies on their platforms or elsewhere.

3 months ago

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Skift Global Forum Video: Responsible Travel Marketing in the Era of Data, Privacy, and the Always-On Consumer

Skift Global Forum Video: Responsible Travel Marketing in the Era of Data, Privacy, and the Always-On Consumer

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Travel marketing was a hot topic at this year’s Skift Global Forum in New York. In this video recap from the event, we learn about how travel marketers can deliver relevant messages to consumers at the right moment while still respecting growing requests for privacy.

4 months ago

Marriott Handed $124 Million Fine Over Starwood Data Breach

Marriott Handed $124 Million Fine Over Starwood Data Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The headline fine amount might seem pretty substantial, but as with an earlier British Airways breach case, the penalties likely will be challenged. Both companies will no doubt vigorously defend themselves in the hope of getting the figure reduced.

7 months ago

New Airline Seatbacks Have Cameras That Can Potentially Spy On Passengers

New Airline Seatbacks Have Cameras That Can Potentially Spy On Passengers

David Koenig, Associated Press

Just because airlines seemingly aren't activating cameras in seatbacks doesn't mean they can't be abused. Or hacked.

11 months ago

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Popular Travel Apps Shared Detailed User Information With Facebook

Dennis Schaal, Skift

What's clear from the report is that Facebook and some travel apps are sharing way more personal information than they had admitted to. The backlash will undoubtedly pick up steam, although Facebook seems to have largely escaped condemnation from this latest disclosure.

1 year ago

Hong Kong Privacy Watchdog to Investigate Cathay Pacific Over Data Breach

Hong Kong Privacy Watchdog to Investigate Cathay Pacific Over Data Breach

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

It's right for a regulator to look into whether the carrier violated data protection rules. But it would be sad if the airline industry as a whole pulled back from innovative one-to-one retailing efforts if carriers decide they would rather not risk storing personal data on customers long-term.

1 year ago

Expedia Brings Voice Bookings, Cancellations and Rewards to Google Assistant

Expedia Brings Voice Bookings, Cancellations and Rewards to Google Assistant

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Voice-based search will not only have technology issues to overcome, but in an era when news of data breaches is commonplace, companies such as Expedia will have to address the personalization and privacy issues as well.

1 year ago

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Balancing Privacy and Personalization for Today’s Empowered Traveler

Balancing Privacy and Personalization for Today’s Empowered Traveler

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Data privacy is becoming a growing issue for consumers, even as travel brands try to gather more accurate identity details and deliver personalized experiences. Is it possible to thread the needle between these seemingly conflicting goals? Emerging strategies suggest the answer is yes.

1 year ago

Uber’s $148 Million Settlement Is Costliest Data Breach Payout Ever

Uber’s $148 Million Settlement Is Costliest Data Breach Payout Ever

Austin Carr, Bloomberg

Uber now has the ignominious distinction of paying out the most expensive data breach settlement ever after covering up a massive hack. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi continues to resolve lingering issues as the company tries to turn a new page.

1 year ago

Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg

It's obvious Airbnb wants to exhaust any and all options before complying with New York City's new short-term rental law. Why? Because the city is the company's No. 1 market in the U.S. But the company's argument regarding privacy concerns in New York contradicts Airbnb's willingness and compliance to submit its host information to cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans. In other words, this is more about avoiding the new law than user privacy concerns.

1 year ago