Spotify resets user passwords after data-leak scare
Spotify has begun what ZDNet described as a “rolling password reset” of some users’ accounts, after a report suggesting that as many as 350,000 people’s usernames and passwords (among other personal...
November 25, 2020
Ticketmaster fined in the UK over 2018 customer data breach
A £1.25m fine for Ticketmaster is very small beans compared to the money that its parent company Live Nation has lost this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the fine, levied by the UK's Information Commissioner's...
November 16, 2020
Facebook warns that it could pull out of Europe altogether
American TikTokers have been grappling with the existential (in app terms) question of what they'd do if the app was banned. Now imagine the rumpus if Facebook and Instagram were suddenly unavailable across the whole of Europe. It...
September 22, 2020
After India ban, TikTok could face further sanctions in US
TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been hit by a ban in India as part of a wider crackdown on apps of Chinese origin. But there may be trouble brewing for the companies in the US, too, due both to the political...
July 8, 2020
TikTok under fire again from US child-privacy campaigners
In February 2019, TikTok paid $5.7m as part of a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission following a child-privacy investigation dating back to the Musical·ly app (not us!) that TikTok merged with in 2018. Besides...
May 14, 2020
Study: privacy worries DO put people off products and services
This is one of those things that may seem obvious, but it’s useful to have some hard data for. The Pew Research Center in the US has been surveying Americans about whether privacy concerns would stop them from using a...
April 16, 2020
Tools: Portes. Connect artists directly to their fans in under 3 seconds, with a bespoke VIP experience
Consumer concerns around online privacy, and new regulations such as GDPR, COPPA and CCPA are causing complications for tech giants like Facebook, Google and TikTok; and are increasingly seen as a differentiator and point...
March 5, 2020
Sandbox Issue 247: All Triller, No Filler: Music’s next big launchpad?
Lead: Triller is not a TikTok killer – but it is certainly proving to be a hearty contender. At the moment, it is strongest in the US and it skews heavily towards hip-hop as its in-built soundtrack. Its ambitions are, however,...
March 5, 2020
Troy Carter talks music disruption: ‘I’d still be in a panic if I were a major label…’
Troy Carter was the closing keynote at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect conference in New York on Friday. The former Atom Factory boss (where he managed Lady Gaga during her rise to fame) and Spotify exec is now...
January 20, 2020
Apple, Google and Amazon team up for new smart-home standard
We’re more used to big technology companies taking potshots at one another over privacy or finding ways to keep one another’s services off their own devices. But this being the season of goodwill, here’s a news story...
December 19, 2019
Warner Music Group appoints its first senior privacy counsel
Here’s an interesting job title for a major label: senior privacy counsel. Warner Music Group has just created the role, and appointed Clare McConnell to it, reporting in to WMG’s general counsel, international, Kate...
December 12, 2019