Spam protection – Anti Spam League http://anti-spam-league.org/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:34:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://anti-spam-league.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Spam protection – Anti Spam League http://anti-spam-league.org/ 32 32 truecaller: Viceroy targets child safety and data protection of minors in second Truecaller report https://anti-spam-league.org/truecaller-viceroy-targets-child-safety-and-data-protection-of-minors-in-second-truecaller-report/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:41:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/truecaller-viceroy-targets-child-safety-and-data-protection-of-minors-in-second-truecaller-report/ Mumbai: After shedding light on potential tax evasion and redundant business model, activist short seller Viceroy Research turned its attention on Thursday to how Truecaller’s software collects data from minors, a sensitive issue given the increased focus on data privacy globally.

Shares of Truecaller, backed by Sequoia, fell more than 2.3% during the day to 39.99 Swedish krona (SEK).

This follows its more than 20% rout on the Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap stock market on Wednesday.

Viceroy Research, a US-based international investigative financial research group, said it has responded to calls from concerned data protection specialists in India regarding how Truecaller handles minor consent.

Granted, Truecaller’s privacy policy states that the company does not intentionally collect data from anyone under the age of consent required to enter into binding legal contracts.

Indian contract laws do not recognize minors – persons under the age of 18 – as competent persons to enter into a contract with. Obtaining the consent of the child has no legal validity in the country and therefore the consent of a guardian is essential.

“Truecaller registration does not ask for a user’s age (only access to all their other personal information). Truecaller indiscriminately collects data from users under the age of 18 in India, and even in worldwide,” said. “This data is uploaded to their public directory. Truecaller’s enhanced search spyware indiscriminately extracts contact data from minors and uploads this data to its public directory. Users cannot obtain the unilateral consent of their contacts, particularly if those contacts are minors. The data of minors (and of all users) is actively accessible to strangers online without their consent.”

A Truecaller spokesperson said the company had no comment at this time.

Truecaller is a software company that offers a global platform to verify contacts and block unwanted communications and calls.

Citing a Unicef ​​study, Viceroy said about 20% of India’s population is between 10 and 19 years old and are early adopters of the technology. “We believe minors make up a substantial portion of Truecaller’s user base and non-user repertoire.”

India is the largest market for Truecaller, which saw sales increase by 133% in the January-June period with 235.5 million monthly active users (MAUs) and 194.4 million active users dailies. It contributes nearly 80% of Truecaller’s revenue and more than 70% of daily active users, while 63% of its workforce is based in the country. Truecaller has, in some markets, also launched financial services for businesses.

According to research by McAfee, some 22% of Indian children have experienced cyberbullying at some point, 5% higher than the global average of 17%.

According to the study, smartphone use in the country among children aged 10-14 is 83%, which is 7% higher than the international average of 76%.

Viceroy said there was a registration screen for new Indian users and the enhanced search feature was available and automatically checked for non-European users on Truecaller until Wednesday.

“This feature has now been removed from the connection. We do not know where it is or if it is automatically enabled. There is still no control by Truecaller to verify that they do not collect and publish data from users. minors… By omission, it appears that Truecaller acknowledged that this enhanced search functionality was a violation of regulation and consumer trust,” he said.

Unlike Truecaller, over-the-top platforms like WhatsApp don’t have a directory. You cannot search for people by name and number in the app.

“When WhatsApp is used on a phone, it syncs with your contacts. But if you call someone else, unless they are in your contact list, it will report them as not in your contact showing only a phone number or potentially spam,” Fraser John Perring, founder of Viceroy Research, told ET.

“But with Truecaller you can download it and if I called you and you didn’t have my number it would still show up as a name or how someone else who is commonly known to both parties registered number.This is unique as it takes your phone data as well as full phone book data and then places it into an address book accessible to others, which others give their consent or not. For minors, for vulnerable people in society, it is dangerous and an absolute violation of privacy.

Legal sources said a case was recently brought to the Supreme Court by a law student who argued that simply having the Truecaller software on his phone makes the individual’s full directory available. for the company without others giving their consent in the first place. This amounts to a breach of privilege, the student said.

Although the case was dismissed, lawyers and public policy watchers said this issue would inevitably come up.

Viceroy Research was founded in 2016 by Perring, a British short seller, with his Australian partners Aiden Lau and Gabriel Bernarde.

Perring and Viceroy have garnered considerable media interest due to their reporting on companies like Wirecard. Viceroy is also known to bet against companies like Tesla, Grenke, Sofina Group and local edtech unicorn Byju’s.

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Hiya and Ericsson Partner to Offer Network-Based Call Protection https://anti-spam-league.org/hiya-and-ericsson-partner-to-offer-network-based-call-protection/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:57:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/hiya-and-ericsson-partner-to-offer-network-based-call-protection/

As more and more people suffer from spam and call scams, Hiya partners with Ericsson to launch anti-spam and call scam technology solution worldwide.

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Spam and scam calls have been a disturbing phenomenon lately across the globe. Unfortunately, many people have fallen victim to fraud, spam, and robocalls from criminals aimed at persuading the recipient to either purchase a service or divulge sensitive personal information that could lead to hacks. This situation has led to the emergence of several network-based call protection solutions to protect people and their businesses from unsolicited and fraudulent calls.

SEE: Mobile Device Security Policy (TechRepublic Premium)

Prepared to provide call protection solution services that will save more people from spam and fraudulent calls, Ericsson and Hiya announced a partnership agreement that will bring network-based protection to people around the world. Tagged Call Qualification, the solution should be available to all wireless operators using Ericsson’s IP Multimedia Subsystem.

With Call Qualification, Hiya and Ericsson are offering adaptive AI self-learning technology that can help customers detect and stop new and emerging scams that may occur through calls. In addition to Ericsson’s IMS IP, network-based call protection technology also works with Ericsson’s mobile switching system to provide coverage for 4G/5G as well as 2G/3G networks.

Reacting to the launch, Alex Algard, CEO and Founder of Hiya, said “Spam and call scams are a huge problem for individuals and businesses – and it’s only getting worse as the bad actors who make these calls are becoming more sophisticated in their tactics.Through our partnership with Ericsson, carriers can instantly access and deploy Hiya’s most advanced, AI-powered call protection features worldwide, providing subscribers with a superior voice calling and greater confidence in the network.

Reiterating the need for the partnership, David Bjore, Head of Communication Services for Ericsson’s Solutions Area, said that “spam, fraud and nuisance calls are a frustration that nearly everyone with a phone can identify. This is definitely an area that is likely to have a positive impact on subscriber satisfaction and customer loyalty if they can be stopped. This is exactly what we, in partnership with Hiya, aim for carrier customers to achieve with Call Qualification.

Why the partnership took place

The increasing rate of fraudulent calls could be one of the main reasons why this partnership happened. Hiya’s 2022 Call Status Report revealed that spam and fraudulent calls are on the rise globally, with a 13% increase from the previous year. The Hiya report further revealed that mobile subscribers now receive an average of 14 spam calls per month, and a quarter of consumers said they lost money to a phone scam with an average loss of $542 per victim. . Therefore, consumers and businesses expect network operators to take action and solve this problem.

A 2021 report from First Orion, a provider of digital calling experience services for network operators, suggested that consumers received around 110 billion fraudulent calls, resulting in 88 million scam victims and around $44.2 billion in losses. Similarly, according to Truecaller, another player in the call protection services industry, over the past twelve months the total money lost to fraudulent calls in the United States was valued at $29.8 billion. .

Although the United States has been a major target for spam and fraudulent calls in recent years, Truecaller’s top 20 countries affected by spam report places Brazil as the country most affected by fraudulent call incidents. , followed by Peru and Ukraine.

Given the increase in the number of fraudulent and scam calls witnessed by customers around the world, other mobile technology companies have also unveiled their spam call protection solutions in recent years. Some notable mentions include AT&T Call Protect for AT&T users, T-Mobile Name ID for T-Mobile users, and Truecaller.

The Future of the Spam Call Protection Industry

The announcement of the Ericsson-Hiya partnership to combat fraudulent and fraudulent calls could be the latest boost to the call protection solution. However, other spam call protection solutions have recently been launched.

For example, last year Teltech Systems launched RoboKiller’s Call Confidence API, enabling businesses to combat spam and robocalls by strengthening their network’s defenses against illegal phone scammers. In addition, another big player in the mobile communication technology industry, T-Mobile, launched a caller verification technology in 2019. Labeled Caller Verified, this solution offers its customers protection against scammers and spammers who use phone call techniques to diminish their customers.

With all these call protection services in place, it is hoped that more phone users will be protected from spam and fraudulent calls. Through this partnership, Hiya hopes to take advantage of Ericsson’s global market coverage to reach more international customers.

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Hiya and Ericsson Partner to Provide Network-Based Call Protection to Wireless Carriers Worldwide https://anti-spam-league.org/hiya-and-ericsson-partner-to-provide-network-based-call-protection-to-wireless-carriers-worldwide/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/hiya-and-ericsson-partner-to-provide-network-based-call-protection-to-wireless-carriers-worldwide/

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hiya, the leading cloud-based call performance management company, today announced a new partnership with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to provide network-based call protection to mobile operators worldwide. The new offering, called Call Qualification, is a spam and call fraud protection service powered by Hiya Protect that is immediately available to all wireless carriers using the Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

Call Qualification integrates Hiya Protect directly into Ericsson IMS to combat the growing problem of spam and fraudulent calls across the world. Using Hiya’s Adaptive AI self-learning technology, operators can recognize and stop new and emerging scams in real time to stay one step ahead of fraudsters. This unique partnership offers carriers the fastest path to combat spam and call fraud protection and improve subscribers’ voice experience.

The joint solution also works for Ericsson’s Mobile Switching System (MSS) to provide coverage for 4G/5G as well as 2G/3G networks. Call qualification is instantly available for operators currently using Ericsson IMS and/or MSS. Ericsson’s global reach further enhances Hiya’s service and will deliver the broadest call protection solution in the industry.

“Spam and scam calls are a huge problem for individuals and businesses – and it’s only getting worse as the bad actors making these calls become more sophisticated in their tactics,” said Alex Algard, CEO and founder of Hiya. “Through our partnership with Ericsson, carriers can instantly access and deploy Hiya’s most advanced, AI-powered call protection features worldwide, providing subscribers with a superior voice call experience and greater trust in the network.”

“Spam, fraud and nuisance calls are a frustration that almost anyone with a phone can relate to,” said David Bjore, communications services manager for Ericsson Solutions. “This is definitely an area that is likely to have a positive impact on subscriber satisfaction and customer loyalty if they can be stopped. This is exactly what we, in partnership with Hiya, are aiming for. operator customers realize with Call Qualification.

Spam and fraudulent calls are on the rise

Spam and fraudulent calls are on the rise worldwide. According to Hiya’s 2022 Call Status Report, spam and fraudulent calls increased by 13% in 2022 and mobile subscribers now receive an average of 14 unwanted calls per month and a quarter of consumers said they lost money. money from a phone scam, with an average loss of $542 per victim. Consumers and businesses expect carriers to take action and fix this problem.

Network integration enables instant activation

Network integration is the most scalable way to protect all users from spam and fraudulent calls because there’s no need to download or configure an app; it is quick to deploy, easy to manage and continuously updated. By integrating with Ericsson IMS and other network elements, carriers can deploy Hiya across their networks for a native user experience across all devices. Call Qualification operates today at Ericsson’s D-15 Laboratories, a state-of-the-art innovation center in Silicon Valley. The first joint customers are already in the works and plan to launch the new service later this year.

Hiya and Ericsson offer a global solution

Operators around the world must tackle the growing problem of spam and fraud and simultaneously support subscribers on a combination of 5G, 4G, 3G and 2G networks. Call qualification can provide instant protection against fraud, tagging for spam, and new services carriers can provide to consumers and businesses. Ericsson’s global reach further enhances Hiya’s service and will deliver the broadest call protection solution in the industry.

To learn more about this solution and Hiya’s voice performance platform, visit hiya.com/protect.

About Hiya

Global enterprises, carriers and consumers trust Hiya to deliver secure, engaging connections and stop unwanted calls. Built on the world’s leading voice performance platform, Hiya connects businesses to their customers, helps carriers secure their networks, and protects people from spam and fraudulent calls. Hiya’s SaaS applications, Hiya Connect and Hiya Protect, serve more than 200 million users, power services like AT&T Call Protect, Rogers Spam Call Detect and Samsung Smart Call, and provide voice performance insights to businesses around the world entire. Learn more at www.hiya.com.

About Ericsson

Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio covers the following business areas: networks, software and cloud services, enterprise wireless solutions, global communications platform, and technologies and new businesses. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new sources of revenue. Ericsson’s investments in innovation have brought the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. Ericsson shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com

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If you own a phone, you’ve probably received a suspicious call from an unknown number trying to obtain your private information. What you may not know is that these calls are becoming increasingly harmful to businesses.

What is a vishing attack?

Vishing attacks (or voice phishing attacks) usually involve a scammer seeking to obtain confidential information by impersonating someone else.1 For example, a scammer might pose as someone from a bank, government, or corporate IT department. The goal of a typical vishing attack is to obtain personal information that will open up other opportunities, such as the possibility of stealing an individual’s money or identity or deploying a ransomware attack on the a company’s computer system.2

The Canada Revenue Agency (“BOW“) has often been impersonated in phishing attacks. CRA scam alerts include transcripts of some of these phishing attempts. These scammers have deployed scare tactics, such as telling victims that criminal charges have been filed against them, liens will be placed on their assets, or an unknown legal action is imminent.3

Phishing on the rise

In recent years, vishing attackers have refined their methods to use increasingly sophisticated tools to convince their victims to divulge information. This includes manipulating caller ID to display a legitimate number and voice cloning, which uses machine learning algorithms and voice changer technology to mimic the voice of a trusted person.4

In January 2021, the FBI issued a private industry notification highlighting the increase in targeted vishing attacks seeking access to corporate networks.5 Specifically, there has been an increase in hybrid vishing attacks, which combine targeted phishing attacks (also known as spearphishing) with vishing.6 Of greater concern is the effectiveness of hybrid vishing attacks – in tests conducted by IBM, hybrid vishing attacks were shown to be three times more effective than spear phishing alone, yielding a click-through rate of 53.2%.seven

Prevention and mitigation measures

To better protect you and your business from these threats, agencies such as the Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have issued guidance with the following advice for individuals :

  • Use smartphones’ built-in spam protection features;8

  • Attempt to block robocalls or calls from unknown numbers; and

  • Exercise caution in the face of suspicious behavior such as:

    • callers looking for sensitive information;

    • scare tactics or high pressure from callers;

    • offers that sound too good to be true; Where

    • signs that are not characteristic of legitimate businesses and government agencies, such as calls with poor audio quality, or callers with a robotic tone or abnormal rhythm of their voice;9

Businesses should train their staff on vishing attacks, new types of phishing campaigns, and how to respond if targeted.ten It is also good practice to periodically test employees with simulated vishing attacks, to identify when additional training or awareness campaigns may be needed. However, since it is impossible to fully reduce the risk of a successful vishing attack, it is essential for businesses to use a layered security approach. In particular, companies should consider implementing the following mitigation measures:

  • Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access employee accounts to minimize the risk of an initial compromise.11 One-time passwords are preferred over push notifications (which are sometimes accepted due to MFA fatigue, without knowing the source of the request);12

  • Grant new employees access on a scale of least privilege;13

  • Actively scan and monitor networks for unauthorized access or modification;14

  • Use network segmentation to divide a large network into multiple smaller networks to better control the flow of network traffic;15 and

  • Assign two accounts to administrators: one account with administrator privileges for making changes to the system and another account for email, update deployment, and reporting.16

Footnotes

1. Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security, “What is Vishing?” (July 25, 2022). [What is Vishing]; Text message equivalents are referred to as “smishing” attacks and “quick response” (QR) code equivalents are “quishing” attacks.

2. Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security, “Don’t Take the Bait: Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attacks – ITSAP.00.101” (August 2022).
[Don’t Take the Bait]

3. Government of Canada, “Examples of phone scams” ​​(May 17, 2022).

4. What is vishing, sv “How a vishing scam works”.

5. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cyber ​​Division, “Private Industry Notification 20210114-001” (January 14, 2021). [FBI Private
Industry Notification]

6. Rodika Tollefson, “Spear phishing meets vishing: New multi-stage attack targets enterprise VPNs” (December 15, 2020).

7. IBM, “X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2022” (February 2022) at page 5.

8. What is vishing, sv “Tips for spotting and avoiding vishing scams”.

9. Don’t take the bait, sv “Something can be phishy if”.

10. What is vishing, sv “Tips for spotting and avoiding vishing scams”.

11. FBI Private Industry Notification, page 2.

12. Vishing on the Rise, page 2.

13. Supra Note 11.

14. ditto

15. ditto

16. ditto

The above provides an overview only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned not to make any decisions based solely on this material. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained.

© McMillan LLP 2021

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Garden State CEO Gogie Padilla offers seniors protection from phone scams and spam https://anti-spam-league.org/garden-state-ceo-gogie-padilla-offers-seniors-protection-from-phone-scams-and-spam/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/garden-state-ceo-gogie-padilla-offers-seniors-protection-from-phone-scams-and-spam/

Sure Response, LLC

Gogie Padilla, President of Answer Sure, LLC

Gogie Padilla, President of Answer Sure, LLC

SPOTSWOOD, NJ, USA, Sept. 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you’ve ever had the displeasure of receiving scam calls, robocalls or spam, you can see why innovative entrepreneur Gogie Padilla developed Answer Sure LLC. According to CEO Padilla, “My elderly mother has been plagued by robocalls and predatory scammers repeatedly, day and night. At one point, these scammers confirmed her address and arrived at her home posing as for bank staff. They almost got away with scamming him with his ATM card. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.” Gogie created a process that would help protect unsuspecting elderly of these harmful predators in search of prey.

The American Journal of Public Health estimates that approximately two to three million seniors fall victim to some kind of scam every year, and that number is growing. This demographic is at the top of their list of soft targets. A CNBC.com article reveals that “Americans have lost $29.8 billion to phone scams alone in the past year.” Ms Padilla created the Answer Sure app in 2021. It provides a call service that protects the most vulnerable from scammers over the phone.

There are more than 11,000,000 landlines currently in use in the United States, most of which are kept by older Americans. Answer Sure also offers Landline Service Plans, Representative Plan and Automated Plan, to meet the needs of these customers.

Answer Sure LLC’s dedicated team reviews incoming calls before they reach you and tracks suspicious calls for future reference. This puts the client and his loved ones at ease. Seniors can now be sure that they are safe from potential identity theft and fraud.

Answer Sure LLC is registered in the State of New Jersey and its services are available throughout the United States. Download the Answer Sure app from the App Store for Android and iOS mobile phones or visit their website www.AnswerSure.com. for cell phones and landlines. As their much-needed business grows, they hope to provide protection against phone fraud in other countries.

Satisfied customer J. Garcia writes, “When my mother nearly had her life savings scammed, I worried that she would give out her personal information and be bombarded with unwarranted sales calls. Answer Of course, this fear has been eliminated.

J. Battle agrees, “Answer Sure has put an end to unwanted calls – totally worth the price. The peace of mind they provide is priceless.

For more information, please contact Gogie Padilla at phone: 732-702-0010 or email: Contact@answersure.com or visit the website: www.AnswerSure.com.

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Truecaller, Telecom News, ET Telecom https://anti-spam-league.org/truecaller-telecom-news-et-telecom/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 06:15:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/truecaller-telecom-news-et-telecom/ Swedish caller ID app Truecaller adheres to data security principles and fully supports data protection regulatory efforts in India as well as other markets in which it operates. said a senior executive. Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Head of Product and Managing Director, India at Truecaller, told PTI that the company’s proactive initiatives in the past on localization and data minimization speak to the stance of prioritizing security. information “not just in words but in actions”.

“I can go so far as to say…I believe we are the standard bearers of data privacy and any kind of data security for our users,” Jhunjhunwala said.

The company acted quickly on the location of the data “voluntarily” and does not “hide” behind voluminous terms of service and privacy policy pages.

“We’ve done a lot of outreach over the past few years and corrected a lot of misconceptions about Truecaller. I think the narrative has changed from what it was before,” Jhunjhunwala added.

On the recent withdrawal of the data protection bill and the government’s plans to replace it with a comprehensive framework in the form of new regulations, the senior executive said the company remains supportive of privacy regulations. data protection in India and all regions where it operates.

“While India’s Data Protection Bill has been withdrawn, reports suggest a new one will soon be ready… We achieved 100% Indian user data localization many years ago (not foreign mirrors or backups) and we will also comply with the other provisions of the new bill to provide the best privacy and anti-spam protection features to our users,” he said.

Based in Stockholm, the company employs 350 people worldwide and India accounts for the majority of this workforce.

Asked if the company plans to expand its operations in India with more facilities, Jhunjhunwala said Truecaller is “extremely focused” on continuing to invest in the country.

Truecaller is optimistic about India’s prospects, he noted.

“As in the past, we will continue in the same way, in different ways. Firstly, a lot of the product development continues to take place here because we are solving problems specific to India, this context is much better here .And…Stockholm being our headquarters solves some of the most important global problems that exist,” he said.

The company is also seeing healthy user base and revenue growth in India and “will continue to grow steadily in India with our user base and shipments.”

India is the largest market for the smartphone app company, and its monthly active users (MAU) here stood at 235.5 million at the end of the June quarter 2022. MAU grew by 14% compared to 206.4 million a year ago.

“We are experiencing rapid growth in many parts of the world and are seeing the strongest MAU trends in India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Colombia,” said Alan Mamedi, Managing Director General of Truecaller.

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Do we see ourselves as champions of data security, supportive of data protection regulations: Truecaller https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-supportive-of-data-protection-regulations-truecaller/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 09:42:39 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-supportive-of-data-protection-regulations-truecaller/

Swedish caller ID app Truecaller adheres to data security principles and fully supports data protection regulatory efforts in India as well as other markets in which it operates. said a senior executive.

Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Head of Product and Managing Director for India at Truecaller, told PTI that the company’s past proactive initiatives in localization and data minimization speak to the stance of prioritizing information security “not just in words but in actions”.

“I can go so far as to say…I believe we are the standard bearers of data privacy and any kind of data security for our users,” Jhunjhunwala said.

Read also | Truecaller on iPhone gets a makeover, here’s what’s changing in the app

The company acted quickly on the location of the data “voluntarily” and does not “hide” behind voluminous terms of service and privacy policy pages.

“We have done a lot of outreach over the past few years and corrected a lot of misconceptions about Truecaller. I think the narrative has changed from what it was before,” Jhunjhunwala added.

On the recent withdrawal of the data protection bill and the government’s plans to replace it with a comprehensive framework in the form of new regulations, the senior executive said the company remains supportive of privacy regulations. data protection in India and all regions where it operates.

“While India’s data protection bill has been withdrawn, reports suggest a new one will soon be ready… We achieved 100% Indian user data localization many years ago ( no foreign mirrors or backups) and we will also comply with other provisions of the new bill to provide the best privacy and spam protection features to our users,” he said.

Based in Stockholm, the company employs 350 people worldwide and India accounts for the majority of this workforce.

When asked if the company plans to expand its operations in India with more facilities, Jhunjhunwala said Truecaller is “extremely focused” on continuing to invest in the country.

Truecaller is optimistic about India’s prospects, he noted.

Also Read|Truecaller Takes On Twitter Spaces, Clubhouse With New “Open Doors” App For Android, iPhone: Details

“As in the past, we will continue in the same way, in a few different ways. First, a lot of the product development continues to happen here because we’re solving India-specific problems, that context is much better here. And… Stockholm being our headquarters solves some of the most important global problems that exist,” he said.

The company is also seeing healthy user base growth and revenue growth in India and “will continue to grow steadily in India with our user base and shipments.” India is the largest market for the smartphone app company, and its monthly active users (MAU) here stood at 235.5 million at the end of the June quarter 2022. MAU grew by 14% compared to 206.4 million a year ago.

“We are experiencing rapid growth in many parts of the world and are seeing the strongest MAU trends in India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Colombia,” said Truecaller CEO , Alan Mamedi, in the company’s Q2 2022 report.

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Do we see ourselves as champions of data security, favorable to data protection regulations: Truecaller https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-favorable-to-data-protection-regulations-truecaller/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 07:54:29 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-favorable-to-data-protection-regulations-truecaller/

Swedish caller ID app Truecaller adheres to data security principles and fully supports data protection regulatory efforts in India as well as other markets in which it operates. said a senior executive. Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Head of Product and Managing Director, India at Truecaller, told PTI that the company’s proactive initiatives in the past on localization and data minimization speak to the stance of prioritizing security. information “not just in words but in actions”. “I can go so far as to say…I believe we are the standard bearers of data privacy and any kind of data security for our users,” Jhunjhunwala said. The company acted quickly on the location of the data “voluntarily” and does not “hide” behind voluminous pages of terms of service and privacy policy. ”We have done a lot of outreach over the past few years and corrected many misconceptions about Truecaller. I think the narrative has changed from what it was before,” Jhunjhunwala added. On the recent withdrawal of the data protection bill and the government’s plans to replace it with a comprehensive framework in the form of new regulations, the senior executive said the company remains supportive of privacy regulations. data protection in India and all regions where it operates. ”While India’s data protection bill has been withdrawn, reports suggest a new one will soon be ready… We achieved 100% Indian user data localization many years ago (no foreign mirrors or backups) and we will also comply with the other provisions of the new bill to provide the best privacy and spam protection features to our users,” he said. Based in Stockholm, the company employs 350 people worldwide and India accounts for the majority of this workforce. When asked if the company plans to expand its operations in India with more facilities, Jhunjhunwala said Truecaller is “extremely focused” on continuing to invest in the country. Truecaller is optimistic about India’s prospects, he noted. ”As in the past, we will continue in the same way, in a few different ways. First, a lot of the product development continues to happen here because we’re solving India-specific problems, that context is much better here. And… Stockholm being our headquarters solves some of the most important global problems that exist,” he said. The company is also seeing healthy user base and revenue growth in India and “will continue to grow steadily in India with our user base and shipments.” India is the largest market for the smartphone app company, and its monthly active users (MAU) here stood at 235.5 million at the end of the June quarter 2022. MAU grew by 14% compared to 206.4 million a year ago. “We are experiencing rapid growth in many parts of the world and are seeing the strongest MAU trends in India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Colombia,” said Truecaller CEO , Alan Mamedi, in the company’s Q2 2022. report.

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Do we see ourselves as champions of data security, supportive of data protection regulations: Truecaller: Newsdrum https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-supportive-of-data-protection-regulations-truecaller-newsdrum/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 07:52:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/do-we-see-ourselves-as-champions-of-data-security-supportive-of-data-protection-regulations-truecaller-newsdrum/

New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Swedish caller ID app Truecaller adheres to data security principles and fully supports data protection regulatory efforts in India as well as other markets in which it operates, said a senior executive.

Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Head of Product and Managing Director, India at Truecaller, told PTI that the company’s proactive initiatives in the past on localization and data minimization speak to the stance of prioritizing security. information “not just in words but in actions”.

“I can go so far as to say…I believe we are the standard bearers of data privacy and any kind of data security for our users,” Jhunjhunwala said.

The company acted quickly on the location of the data “voluntarily” and does not “hide” behind voluminous terms of service and privacy policy pages.

“We’ve done a lot of outreach over the past few years and corrected a lot of misconceptions about Truecaller. I think the narrative has changed from what it was before,” Jhunjhunwala added.

On the recent withdrawal of the data protection bill and the government’s plans to replace it with a comprehensive framework in the form of new regulations, the senior executive said the company remains supportive of privacy regulations. data protection in India and all regions where it operates.

“While India’s Data Protection Bill has been withdrawn, reports suggest a new one will soon be ready… We achieved 100% Indian user data localization many years ago (not foreign mirrors or backups) and we will also comply with the other provisions of the new bill to provide the best privacy and anti-spam protection features to our users,” he said.

Based in Stockholm, the company employs 350 people worldwide and India accounts for the majority of this workforce.

Asked if the company plans to expand its operations in India with more facilities, Jhunjhunwala said Truecaller is “extremely focused” on continuing to invest in the country.

Truecaller is optimistic about India’s prospects, he noted.

“As in the past, we will continue in the same way, in different ways. Firstly, a lot of the product development continues to take place here because we are solving problems specific to India, this context is much better here .And…Stockholm being our headquarters solves some of the most important global problems that exist,” he said.

The company is also seeing healthy user base and revenue growth in India and “will continue to grow steadily in India with our user base and shipments.” India is the largest market for the smartphone app company, and its monthly active users (MAU) here stood at 235.5 million at the end of the June quarter 2022. MAU grew by 14% compared to 206.4 million a year ago.

“We are experiencing rapid growth in many parts of the world and are seeing the strongest MAU trends in India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Colombia,” said Truecaller CEO , Alan Mamedi, in the company’s Q2 2022 report. PTI MBI ABM ABM

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GCash strengthens user data protection https://anti-spam-league.org/gcash-strengthens-user-data-protection/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 02:35:00 +0000 https://anti-spam-league.org/gcash-strengthens-user-data-protection/

Philstar.com

September 9, 2022 | 10:35 a.m.

Deploy username anonymity when sending money

MANILA, Philippines — GCash, the Philippines’ largest mobile wallet, underscores its strong commitment to protecting its customers’ accounts and personal information as it places the highest priority on resolving fraudulent text messages bearing users’ full names. of mobile phones.

The leading fintech company also affirms the integrity of the data of its more than 66 million users, saying there have been no data breaches or leaks in its systems.

“We have worked closely with the National Privacy Commission on the issue of SMS scams with names. We want to assure our customers that our systems and infrastructure remain secure and that there is no has no implications of data leakage or breaches,” Mark Frogoso, GCash’s Chief Information Security Officer, said, “Protecting our customers’ personal information remains a top priority which we believe is part of integral to our vision of achieving finance for all.

As an added layer of customer protection, GCash quickly rolled out a feature update that anonymizes the names of users of the money transfer service. In the past, the person’s name was considered an extra measure of convenience and to verify that the addressee was correct.

“We need to strike a balance between customer experience and strengthening measures to protect user information from unscrupulous individuals. The feature that displays recipients’ full names was intended to help users check if they’re sending to the right person and avoid being scammed,” Frogoso said.

Similarly, the e-wallet has begun migrating transaction confirmations from text messages to the app’s inbox in a bid to improve security and provide customers with easier access to their transaction history. transactions.

GCash has received strong backing from its parent company, Globe Telecom, which has spent $20 million, or about 1.1 billion pesos, to boost its capabilities to detect and block scams and spam.

Through vigorous 24/7 efforts, Globe blocked 784 million scam and spam messages from January to July this year, deactivated 14,058 scam-related SIM cards and 8,973 others blacklisted. Globe also blocked 610 domains or uniform resource locators (URLs).

GCash ensures the protection of its customers’ personal data and accounts by using various security measures, including cyber threat detection and analysis, vulnerability scanning, as well as incident response and forensics.

Using these world-class tools, the company has been able to detect and remove phishing sites and malicious social media sites posing as GCash, with 900 phishing sites and 400,000 social media accounts already removed.

The leading e-wallet is also in close cooperation and collaboration with the relevant government agencies to provide all the information they need to prevent the proliferation of these spam messages.

GCash has worked tirelessly with the authorities as it was able to block 1.37 million fraudulent accounts from January 2021 to July 2022, in addition to those blocked by its security systems. Additionally, GCash has helped stop scammers who targeted its users’ hard-earned money.

“Due to being the most widely used e-wallet with the largest user base in the Philippines, it is imperative for us to be at the forefront of protecting personal information and funds that our customers have trusted us,” said Frogoso.

GCash has stepped up its efforts against fraudsters and scammers through its #SafeWithGCash campaign, as it urges its users to be extremely vigilant when transacting.

To report scams and fraudulent activity, visit the official GCash Help Center at https://help.gcash.com/hc/en-us or message Gigi on the website and type “ I want to report a scam”. GCash will NEVER send personal messages to users to address their concerns or obtain personal information, especially MPIN and One Time PIN (OTP). Customers can also contact the official GCash 2882 hotline for questions and other concerns.

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