Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout
Two hands holding mobile phones with an arrow between labelled "encrypted"
Security

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout

Only 1:1 messages will be automatically protected as part of the trial
20 Nov 2020
Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data
The Microsoft logo as seen in large print fixed onto a glass building
data protection

Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data

Stance taken following EU advice to firms on complying with a ruling invalidating the EU-US data transfer mechanism
20 Nov 2020
Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking
The Facebook app being accessed by a young man on an Apple iPhone
privacy

Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking

The Mac manufacturer has lashed out after being criticised for delaying sought after privacy features iOS 14
20 Nov 2020
Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach
The Ticketmaster website in a web browser window as seen on a computer screen
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach

The incident affected 9.4 million customers and led to at least 60,000 instances of fraud
13 Nov 2020
DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years
The sign of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as seen on its building
data breaches

DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years

The National Insurance numbers of thousands of individuals applying for disability benefit were left online
11 Nov 2020
EU charges Amazon over misuse of third-party data
Amazon logo on the facade of one of their corporate office buildings located in Silicon Valley
data protection

EU charges Amazon over misuse of third-party data

The EC claims Amazon broke competition rules by using data gathered on third-party sellers to compete against them
10 Nov 2020
EU inches closer to ban on end-to-end encryption
Someone holding a smartphone with the WhatsApp logo displayed on screen
Security

EU inches closer to ban on end-to-end encryption

Leaked document suggests EU wants "balance" between robust security and ease of access for law enforcement
9 Nov 2020
UK data laws after Brexit: Your questions answered
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK data laws after Brexit: Your questions answered

Will we really be free to create our own laws outside of the EU?
30 Oct 2020
Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach
The Marriott International logo as seen on one of its hotels
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach

The decision to issue a substantially lower fine once again raises questions as to the effectiveness of GDPR enforcement
30 Oct 2020
Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’
A magnifying glass held over the Experian logo as seen on the company's website
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’

UK watchdog gives Experian nine-month ultimatum to change 'illegal' business practices or face punishment
28 Oct 2020
UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention
A Test and Trace sign next to beer pumps in a hospitality venue
privacy

UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention

Privacy campaigners urge Matt Hancock to take "urgent responsibility" to protect peoples' data
26 Oct 2020
Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram
The Instagram login screen shown on a smartphone held in front of the Instagram logo
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram

Investigation launched after 60 million children were given the option to switch to a public-facing business account
19 Oct 2020
What is AES encryption?
Graphic showing a digital padlock overlaid above information that has been encrypted
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

What is AES encryption?

AES is one of the most widely used encryption protocols, but where did it come from and how does it work?
15 Oct 2020
ICO to probe Klarna over marketing email blunder
Finger about to press the icon for Klarna's mobile app
Information Commissioner

ICO to probe Klarna over marketing email blunder

The ICO has opened an inquiry into the fintech firm after receiving complaints about unwanted marketing emails
14 Oct 2020
FOI requests reveal "thousands" of government data breaches
An opened padlock on a laptop keyboard
data breaches

FOI requests reveal "thousands" of government data breaches

Government departments reported scores of breaches and made numerous notifications to the ICO between 2019 and 2020
13 Oct 2020
Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design
encryption

Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design

Tech companies are being urged to implement encryption-bypassing systems into their services by default
12 Oct 2020
Google might be forced to sell its Chrome browser
Chrome browser logo
Policy & legislation

Google might be forced to sell its Chrome browser

The DoJ might order a breakup in order to reduce Google's power in the online search market
12 Oct 2020
Arm will use ‘firewalls’ to protect customer data from Nvidia
Modern building surrounded by trees with Arm's logo displayed on the facade
mergers and acquisitions

Arm will use ‘firewalls’ to protect customer data from Nvidia

Arm's customers include Intel and Qualcomm Inc, which are also considered some of Nvidia’s main competitors
8 Oct 2020
Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims
data protection

Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims

The regulator has confirmed it will end its ongoing investigation into misuse of data in political campaigning
8 Oct 2020
UK 'mass surveillance' regime is illegal, EU court declares
privacy

UK 'mass surveillance' regime is illegal, EU court declares

Indiscriminate data collection contravenes rights to privacy and data protection, despite “national security” justification
7 Oct 2020
GitLab patches API flaw that exposed private group data
Gitlab logo visible on display screen
Security

GitLab patches API flaw that exposed private group data

GitLab private projects that were formerly public could have been accessed through search APIs
7 Oct 2020
Data: A resource much too valuable to leave unprotected
data protectionwhitepaper

Data: A resource much too valuable to leave unprotected

Protect your data to protect your company
7 Oct 2020
Building a modern information governance strategy
Whitepaperwhitepaper

Building a modern information governance strategy

How to rethink your approach to develop a more modern information governance strategy
6 Oct 2020