Dark Mode On WhatsApp!

Given the habit of going through WhatsApp’s beta code customarily just to hunt for new feature updates, WABetsInfo was the publication that had leaked the information about the Dark Mode scheme. The dark mode which according to the publication is a dream, as mentioned via Twitter, does not just save the eyes, but is a major battery Saviour and helps the battery to last longer.

Devices with the OLED screen would pick up the feature in a way that the blacks displayed on the screen won’t activate individual pixels leading to a lot less power consumption.

The latest beta version included the dark mode but there is no assurance of its being available to the user’s worldwide as on a daily basis a lot of contemporary features are tried out but never make it to the final version of the update.

Despite all that’s being said, WhatsApp hasn’t made an official statement on the issue. Only when the update is finally installed would the questions that exist, be answered. 

Equifax fined £500,000 for ginormous 2017 breach

More than a year after hackers breached credit reporting agency Equifax to steal 146 million customer records, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the company with a £500,000 fine – a small penalty for a such a monumental blunder.

You might wonder why the UK and not the US (where Equifax is based) has fined the agency. The answer comes in the third paragraph of the ICO’s press release, where it is mentioned that, “although the information systems in the US were compromised, Equifax Ltd was responsible for the personal information of its UK customers.”

It was still the US parent company that processed UK customer data, but the UK arm (Equifax Ltd.) failed to take appropriate steps to ensure Equifax Inc was protecting the information, hence the fine.

The investigation was carried out under the Data Protection Act (DPA) from 1998, which the GDPR replaced this year. However, since the breach occurred before GDPR went into effect, the fine was issued under the older legislation.

Under the DPA, Equifax reportedly contravened five out of eight data protection principles, including failure to secure personal data, poor retention practices, and lack of legal basis for international transfers of UK citizens’ data.

“The loss of personal information, particularly where there is the potential for financial fraud, is not only upsetting to customers, it undermines consumer trust in digital commerce,” said Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. “This is compounded when the company is a global firm whose business relies on personal data.”

“We are determined to look after UK citizens’ information wherever it is held. Equifax Ltd has received the highest fine possible under the 1998 legislation because of the number of victims, the type of data at risk and because it has no excuse for failing to adhere to its own policies and controls as well as the law,” added Denham.