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Andela acquires Qualified, As Whatsapp Goes to War With UK Govt. on Data Protection…
Andela has acquired Qualified, an assessment platform that certifies top engineering talents, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
- Andela has acquires QUALIFIED.
- Broadband penetration in Nigeria reached 48% in February.
- The Court dismissed Labour Party’s suit to compel INEC to adopt electronic transmitting of results.
- TikTok has announced a data security regime for protecting user information across Europe.
Andela has acquired QUALIFIED, an assessment platform that certifies top engineering talents. “Labour marketplaces are constrained by inefficiencies between supply, demand, and quality —Qualified allows us to address those inefficiencies by providing the certified right talent at the right time. Companies will continue to trust that talent sourced through Andela has the needed skills regardless of where they live and work,” Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson said.
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NCC DISCREDITS BUHARI’S CLAIM OF 100% DATA PENETRATION
President Muhammadu Buhari assertion that the government had achieved 100% broadband penetration runs afoul with new data from the NCC that says that broadband penetration in the country has only reached 48% from 41% last January, a total of 92,011,259 million.
FLUTTERWAVE, KUDA, BRANCH AND COWRYWISE UNITE AGAINST FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS
Some Nigeria startups including Flutterwave, Kuda, Branch and Cowrywise are quietly working on a joint strategy to tackle fraudulent transactions within their networks, starting with plans for a shared list of suspected criminals.
Executives complained during a meeting on the subject that fraudsters are getting more successful at taking advantage of weaknesses in the financial system but companies were not sharing data with each other to identify such actors.
APPLE TO LAUNCH APPLE MUSIC CLASSICAL
Apple announced Thursday that it will launch a standalone app called Apple Music Classical, which will be available at no added cost to existing Apple Music subscribers, on March 28. Apple said the catalogue will include over five million unique tracks and thousands of exclusive albums, offering “complete and accurate metadata” and the ability to “search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalogue number.”
WHATSAPP DARES UK ON NEW DATA PROTECTION POLICY
On the other hand, WhatsApp Chief Will Cathcart has said that the platform will not adhere to the UK’s proposed Online Safety Bill, which could put the app’s future operation in Britain at risk.
Under the proposed bill, the UK government would require all social media and messaging platforms to apply updated moderation processes to all user content, in order to protect users, and ensure harmful behaviour is addressed. which will be impossible with WhatsApp encryption in place.
However, Whatsapp owners are objecting to the new policy, insisting that it would further aid breach of user information.
TIKTOK ANNOUNCES NEW DATA PROTECTION POLICY
TikTok has announced a data security regime for protecting user information across Europe, as political pressure increases in the US to ban the social video app.
According to TikTok, the plan, known as Project Clover, involves user data being stored on servers in Ireland and Norway at an annual cost of €1.2bn (£1.1bn), while any data transfers outside Europe will be vetted by a third-party IT company.
“The Chinese government have never asked us for data, and if they would we would refuse to do so,” said Theo Bertram, VP of government relations and public policy in Europe.
BREAKING NEWS: JUDGMENT AGAINST LABOUR PARTY ON ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF RESULTS
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by the Labour Party (LP) seeking to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic means of transmitting the 2023 election results.
According to Justice Emeka Nwite, the commission is at liberty to prescribe or choose the manner in which election results shall be transmitted.
Source: ENIGERIA NEWSPAPER