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EU to propose GDPR-like fines for AI abuses
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artificial intelligence (AI)

EU to propose GDPR-like fines for AI abuses

AI will be prohibited from use in mass surveillance or for ranking social behaviour
14 Apr 2021
Gmail "more secure" than parliamentary email, says MP
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Gmail "more secure" than parliamentary email, says MP

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat claims he's been the victim of multiple cyber attacks from foreign nations
13 Apr 2021
ePrivacy Regulation: What is it and how does it affect me?
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ePrivacy Regulation: What is it and how does it affect me?

We look at the new rules designed to maintain user privacy in the digital age
13 Apr 2021
Google secretly gamed its own ad system, lawsuit claims
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Google secretly gamed its own ad system, lawsuit claims

Secretive “Project Bernanke” allegedly gave the search giant an unfair advantage
12 Apr 2021
Apple to send exec to App Store Senate hearing after initially declining
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Apple to send exec to App Store Senate hearing after initially declining

Apple claims it was simply seeking alternative dates when it initially declined
12 Apr 2021
Apple and Google block NHS COVID-19 app update
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Apple and Google block NHS COVID-19 app update

The update breached the tech giant's rules about collecting and sharing location data
12 Apr 2021
What is the Data Protection Act 1998?
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What is the Data Protection Act 1998?

Despite GDPR coming into force businesses may still find themselves sanctioned under the 1998 act
12 Apr 2021
US limits exports to Chinese supercomputing entities
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US limits exports to Chinese supercomputing entities

Blacklisted organization hosts world's fourth most powerful supercomputer
9 Apr 2021
Google adds new compliance and security certifications for Google Cloud
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Google adds new compliance and security certifications for Google Cloud

New certifications prove Google meets data protection and security requirements in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific region.
9 Apr 2021
Leeds smart city plans described as 'akin to living under Stasi rule'
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Leeds smart city plans described as 'akin to living under Stasi rule'

City council says it's committed to handling data ethically and securely
9 Apr 2021
MSP cyber security report warns of tougher regulations ahead
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MSP cyber security report warns of tougher regulations ahead

Government or insurance providers will likely take a stand against vulnerable MSPs in 2021
9 Apr 2021
Data belonging to 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale on hacker marketplace
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Data belonging to 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale on hacker marketplace

It's currently unclear whether the data is fresh or part of a historic breach
8 Apr 2021
Amazon supports proposed Biden tax hike
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Amazon supports proposed Biden tax hike

Bezos statement fails to mention average Amazon tax payments of 4.3% over three years
7 Apr 2021
Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users
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Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users

The AAID is unique to all Android devices and can be shared with third parties for more effective targeted advertising
7 Apr 2021
Irish DPC says Facebook data leak affects “significant number" of EU users
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Irish DPC says Facebook data leak affects “significant number" of EU users

The regulator is investigating the data leak involving the personal details of 533 million users
7 Apr 2021
UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance
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UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance

The Digital Markets Unit is charged with drawing up codes of conduct for competition and will operate without statutory powers at first
7 Apr 2021
Supreme Court justice targets social media
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Supreme Court justice targets social media

Clarence Thomas calls for Facebook, Twitter, and Google to be regulated
6 Apr 2021
IR35 changes finally come into force
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IR35 changes finally come into force

Roughly 60,000 businesses and 500,000 contractors must now adhere to the long-dreaded extension of off-payroll working rules
6 Apr 2021
Google defeats Oracle in decade-long API copyright feud
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Google defeats Oracle in decade-long API copyright feud

The Supreme Court ruling has been declared a “victory for the entire software industry”
6 Apr 2021
Personal data of 533 million Facebook users found on hacking forum
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Personal data of 533 million Facebook users found on hacking forum

The leaked records contained users' phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names and relationship status
5 Apr 2021
Gov 'forced into major U-turn' on NHS deal with Palantir, privacy group claims
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Gov 'forced into major U-turn' on NHS deal with Palantir, privacy group claims

Open Democracy claims victory despite dropping its lawsuit
1 Apr 2021
Ubiquiti insider says the company downplayed the severity of a major breach
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Ubiquiti insider says the company downplayed the severity of a major breach

Attackers reportedly accessed company source code
31 Mar 2021
Epic files complaint against Apple with UK's competition watchdog
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Epic files complaint against Apple with UK's competition watchdog

The firm argues that Apple's App Store rules are "a clear violation of the UK Competition Act of 1998"
31 Mar 2021