Google offers Open Source Security Maintenance Crew

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Google seems to have taken Biden’s cybersecurity initiative seriously and has pledged an open-source initiative community of security engineers from its side to patch critical open source projects having vulnerabilities.

In January this year, major American technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, and IBM pledged to contribute fair enough resources to improve cybersecurity resources down the critical infrastructure supply chains.

Therefore, Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiary is offering a maintenance crew to support open source projects. It has already announced the same at the Open Source Software Security Summit II hosted at the White House last week. And was supported by The Linux Foundation and the Open Source Software Security Foundation (OpenSSF).

As a part of the initiative to “Know, Prevent & Fix”, Google will invest $50 million this year and another $100 million to fix bugs and issues in open source projects.

Coming to other news, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has made an official announcement that Google sends the location and browsing habits of its users 70 billion times a day to advertisers, and trillions of data set a year to third parties.

Interestingly, about half of this data is allegedly sent to advertising firms without the consent of users and so a privacy advocacy group from Europe is planning to sue Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary for transmitting data related to American and European android OS consumers without prior permission.

This not only includes information being generated from Android, Pixel, Watches, and Ear Buds. But also data generated from translation glasses.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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