Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition
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biometrics

Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition

Prosecutors argued that the Microsoft device could contain footage of the 6 January insurrection
22 Jul 2021
AWS shuts down NSO Group infrastructure
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS shuts down NSO Group infrastructure

The Israeli company’s Pegasus spyware was used to target at least 50,000 mobile phones
20 Jul 2021
The pros and cons of facial recognition technology
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privacy

The pros and cons of facial recognition technology

Is it really worth risking user privacy in the name of efficiency and security?
20 Jul 2021
Pegasus: Report finds spyware used to target journalists, activists
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spyware

Pegasus: Report finds spyware used to target journalists, activists

NSO Group sold the surveillance tool to authoritarian governments, investigation finds
19 Jul 2021
BCS calls for social media platforms to verify users to curb abuse
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social media

BCS calls for social media platforms to verify users to curb abuse

The move comes after a number of racist posts targeted England players on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram following Euros 2020 defeat
12 Jul 2021
WhatsApp hit with EU complaint over controversial privacy update
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privacy

WhatsApp hit with EU complaint over controversial privacy update

The BEUC has accused the Facebook-owned messaging platform of breaching 'multiple' EU consumer rights with its "vague" policy prompt
12 Jul 2021
Hong Kong defends privacy laws amid big tech backlash
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Policy & legislation

Hong Kong defends privacy laws amid big tech backlash

A technology industry body has proposed a number of amendments to the laws which it says are too broad
6 Jul 2021
British Airways settles with 2018 data breach victims
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data breaches

British Airways settles with 2018 data breach victims

However, the resolution does not include any admission of liability by the UK’s flag carrier airline
6 Jul 2021
Audacity privacy update sparks 'spyware' criticism
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privacy

Audacity privacy update sparks 'spyware' criticism

Users’ personal data will be shared with its parent company’s main office in Russia
6 Jul 2021
Google delays phase-out of Chrome’s third-party cookies
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web browser

Google delays phase-out of Chrome’s third-party cookies

Chrome users will be subject to third-party tracking for at least 18 months longer than expected
25 Jun 2021
EU privacy watchdogs call for facial recognition ban in public spaces
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artificial intelligence (AI)

EU privacy watchdogs call for facial recognition ban in public spaces

The EDPB and EDPS claim a ban is needed if we want to preserve our freedoms and create a human-centric legal framework for AI
22 Jun 2021
What is end-to-end encryption and why is everyone fighting over it?
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encryption

What is end-to-end encryption and why is everyone fighting over it?

End-to-end encryption is considered one of the best ways to protect user data, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea
21 Jun 2021
Data protection policies and procedures
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data protection

Data protection policies and procedures

Why your company needs them, and what they should include
18 Jun 2021
ICO: Use of facial recognition tech in public spaces deeply concerning
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biometrics

ICO: Use of facial recognition tech in public spaces deeply concerning

ICO investigations found most companies using the technology tended to be "immature" in their approach to data protection
18 Jun 2021
IT Pro News in Review: Windows 11 leaked, WWW NFT & Irish Police password powers
IT Pro News in Review w/c 14 Junevideo
operating systems

IT Pro News in Review: Windows 11 leaked, WWW NFT & Irish Police password powers

Catch up on the biggest stories of the week in just two minutes
18 Jun 2021
UK government to consider gutting GDPR rules
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data protection

UK government to consider gutting GDPR rules

Radical proposals suggest removing provisions on consent and the need for human oversight on AI decision-making
17 Jun 2021
The Locus Charter – a sign of the times
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privacy

The Locus Charter – a sign of the times

Location data is going to be big in the coming years, and a new location data charter aims to help ensure it’s used fairly and personal data is protec…
17 Jun 2021
Privacy group files GDPR lawsuit against online advertising industry
Dr Johnny Ryan, the senior fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Privacy group files GDPR lawsuit against online advertising industry

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is going after Amazon, Facebook, Google and more over alleged data privacy breaches
16 Jun 2021
Ikea fined €1.1 million for spying on employees
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privacy

Ikea fined €1.1 million for spying on employees

Privacy experts slam the fine as a 'slap on the wrist' and say the retailer could have faced much harsher consequences under GDPR
16 Jun 2021
Canadian mounted police broke law with Clearview AI deal
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Canadian mounted police broke law with Clearview AI deal

The use of a facial image database violated the country’s Privacy Act, said Canada’s privacy regulator
11 Jun 2021
IT Pro 20/20: What the EU's new AI rules mean for business
IT Pro 20/20 Issue 17 - What the EU's new AI rules mean for business
IT regulation

IT Pro 20/20: What the EU's new AI rules mean for business

The 17th issue of IT Pro 20/20 considers the effect of new regulations on the IT industry
7 Jun 2021
How to reduce your online footprint
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privacy

How to reduce your online footprint

Tips and tricks to maintain online anonymity
7 Jun 2021
Labour urges NHS Digital to halt patient data-sharing plans
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privacy

Labour urges NHS Digital to halt patient data-sharing plans

Pooling pseudonymised medical records risks undermining doctor-patient trust, warns shadow health minister
7 Jun 2021