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SM Tickets caught selling their users’ data [Updated]

Your email address is in danger

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How much is your privacy worth? To most individuals, personal data is priceless. Without proper regulation, companies today classify privacy as commercial merchandise. Unfortunately, some of these companies hit closer to home than most people would prefer.

Such is the case with Redditor u/joshbeoulve. According to his Reddit post, he found evidence that the Philippines-based SM Tickets Online sold (or at least, gave) his data to another party (in this case, Manulife).

Image source: Redditor u/joshbeoulve

Tracking where data is transacted remains a complicated process. Thankfully, u/joshbeoulve uses temporary burner accounts to sign up for services. In this case, he created an email address specifically for SM Tickets Online. In other words, he gave that email address only to SM Tickets Online.

To his surprise, he received an email from a third party apart from the service in question — Manulife, a company closely affiliated with the SM-owned BDO. The email advertised an upcoming career recruitment event unrelated with any events from SM Tickets.

Image source: Redditor u/joshbeoulve

Burner account services (like Spamgourmet) are active deterrents against spam emails. They can accurately track where your email address ends up in. With u/joshbeoulve’s SM-exclusive account, it’s difficult to argue that SM didn’t handle his data.

Additionally, according to SM Tickets’ privacy policy, users will receive “a User ID which shall not be transferred or sold to another party” when they sign up for the service.

Unfortunately, the policy does not clarify what it means by “User ID” or “another party.” With the lack of clarity, the policy becomes another battle over legal lingo.

Regardless, the management and misuse of data is one of the most controversial topics today. Countries worldwide are cracking down on violations against user privacy. In the Philippines, the recently minted Data Privacy Act of 2012 has policed Philippine companies against privacy violations.

Update (6/2/2018): Since the incident, a representative from Manulife has reached out to Gadgetmatch with the following statement:

Manulife Philippines does not engage in list buying, and does not have any existing arrangements or agreements with any party that would have allowed the unauthorized use of data or of any official documents.

According to the company, the email was sent by a newly employed insurance adviser. After the incident, Manulife has placed the individual under investigation.

Currently, SM Tickets has not spoken out about the issue.

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G now in Singapore

A slight edge over its predecessor

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Samsung has quickly followed up the Galaxy A52 5G that was launched just months ago with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. These minor upgrades always drives us nuts, but it’s one of brands’ ways of making sure they always have something fresh to offer.

Let’s get down to the meat of it. You’re not going to find plenty of differences between the two. To be exact, in terms of components, the upgrade is primarily in the performance department. The Galaxy A52 5G sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip with the Adreno 619 GPU. The Galaxy A52s 5G has been bumped up to the Snapdragon 778G and Adreno 642L GPU. Other than these two components, the rest of the phones are practically interchangeable.

Here’s a quick look at the Galaxy A52s 5G’s specs:

  • Display — 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • OS — Android, ONE UI
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, supports microSD external storage up to 1TB
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, Adreno 642L GPU
  • Battery — 4,500mAh
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, 5MP f/2.4 depth
  • Front Camera – 32MP f/2.2

It’s every bit everything you’ve come to expect from the pretty excellent Galaxy A series. You have your usual sensors for security like Face Unlock and Fingreprint recognition. It also still has an IP67 rating giving you a little bit of piece of mind in wet and dusty scenarios.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is currently available in Singapore through various telecommunication providers. These are M1, Singtel, and Starhub. It’s also available at Samsung Online StoreSamsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548
  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548

From September 18 to October 10, consumers who purchase the Galaxy A52s 5G via telecommunication providers (M1, Singtel and StarHub) and Samsung Online Store can also enjoy SG$ 30 off their purchase of Galaxy Buds2.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

Already in production

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Annual tech events are often huge platforms for upcoming products. For example, Apple’s bigger launch event, usually held in the third quarter of the year, packs in the latest iPhones and other accessories. However, amid the latest devices launched last year, Apple has surprisingly left the vastly rumored AirPods 3 out of the equation. Despite the notable lack, the company is still gearing up for a launch for the wearable later this year.

According to a report from Digitimes (via Tech Radar), the upcoming AirPods 3 has already entered production. Apple is still preparing for a launch before the year ends. Unfortunately, the report does not confirm any other details for the wearable.

A new AirPods has been rumored since last year. However, the first rumors pegged the launch for the first half of this year. That timeframe, as we know now, has come to pass without so much as a peep about the AirPods 3.

Since then, additional reports revealed more details about the wearable. For example, the upcoming generation will supposedly have an in-ear design and carry a more attractive price tag. In fact, a leaked photo even adds more fuel to the fire. Still, without an actual launch, it’s hard to confirm whether the details are correct or not. Thankfully, we have a few months to confirm them.

SEE ALSO: Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

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Samsung bringing 108-megapixel camera to midrange

New rumor says

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The world of smartphone photography is blossoming. While the industry is swirling around 108-megapixel cameras, developers are already working on a 200-megapixel (and beyond) shooter. That said, it’s still taking a while for the industry-leading cameras to make their way to the midrange market. Samsung, based on a rumor, is finally working to make huge cameras more accessible to everyone with the upcoming Galaxy A73.

Currently, Samsung ships the 108-megapixel camera with its flagship lines, the Galaxy S and Note series. The Galaxy A series, on the other hand, cater to a midrange market, packing decent specs for a decent price. But until now, the aforementioned camera has not made its way to the series.

According to a new rumor, an upcoming Galaxy A model, the Galaxy A73, will sport the 108-megapixel camera when it launches. At the moment, Samsung has not confirmed or announced the new model yet. Other rumors haven’t substantially hinted at the release date either.

Most recently, Samsung launched its latest foldables, marking a new generation for the company. On the other hand, Samsung isn’t set to launch a new Galaxy A model yet. The rumor can certainly fall flat, but it does hold a promising future when the industry’s best smartphones are finally making their way to more affordable phones.

SEE ALSO: Dancing in the rain? Capture it with the Galaxy A52 5G

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