2022 in technology – Elon Musk, Twitter takeover and online security

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It’s been a year of drastic change in the tech sector, with Elon Musk taking over at Twitter, while an economic downturn led to major changes and layoffs across the industry.

Technology in 2022

Elon Musk ‘sinks’ Twitter

Billionaire Musk has had a disruptive tenure at Twitter since taking over the social media company, after spending $44 billion on the deal.

From firing staff to changing policies, bringing back Trump and banning journalists (and later restoring their accounts), Musk has captured the attention of netizens around the world.

ALSO READ: Musk to step down as Twitter CEO, if anyone else is ‘stupid enough’ to take job

Meta saga

Meanwhile, Meta was fined €265 million (roughly R4.7 billion) after a breach of privacy rules led to a data breach affecting more than 533 million Facebook users.

The fine was imposed by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) and issued by Helen Dixon on 28 November 2022, following a 19-month investigation.

Dixon is responsible for investigations into alleged breaches by Big Tech groups of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Africa Year Review 2022

Meta also published its 2022 Africa Year in Review. Enitan Denloye, SSA country director, said Mark Zuckerberg’s company was driven to grow communities.

“We remain invested in Africa and the various communities we support here in the region,” said Denloye.

“Our work remains rooted in empowering people to build community, while bringing the world together.”

ALSO READ: How the dawn of the metaverse will change the direction of business

LastPass breach

Meanwhile, LastPass warned customers about a recent data breach.

The password protection company said an “unauthorized party” gained access to a third-party cloud-based storage service in August.

The breach was only made public in late November, prompting an outcry from users whose information had been leaked.

The storage service is used to make archived backups of LastPass production data, and unfortunately it also contained a copy of the customer’s vault backup data.

READ MORE: Hackers have copied your password vault and personal information

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