Grindr hit with £8.6 million fine for GDPR consent breach
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Grindr hit with £8.6 million fine for GDPR consent breach

The Norweigan data watchdog finds the LGBTQ+ dating app shared data with third-party advertisers without sufficient consent
26 Jan 2021
WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine

The messaging service failed to adequately inform users about how their data would be shared with Facebook
25 Jan 2021
ICO restarts AdTech probe following threats of legal action
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Information Commissioner

ICO restarts AdTech probe following threats of legal action

The regulator says the "complex" investigation will resume with a series of audits focusing on digital market platforms
22 Jan 2021
Google Chrome makes it easier to fix weak passwords
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Google Chrome makes it easier to fix weak passwords

The new tool will be rolled out over the coming weeks as users upgrade to the Chrome 88 browser version
21 Jan 2021
OpenWRT forum suffers data breach
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data breaches

OpenWRT forum suffers data breach

Hackers have compromised the personal information of up to 27,000 users
19 Jan 2021
WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update for businesses
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WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update for businesses

Users were asked to share data with WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook in order to continue using the service
18 Jan 2021
IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance

The German notebook seller has hit back, rejecting the fine and claiming it's being set up to be made an example of
18 Jan 2021
Google closes Fitbit deal despite ongoing legal probes
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Google closes Fitbit deal despite ongoing legal probes

US and Australian regulators are still investigating whether the $2.1 billion (£1.54bn) acquisition will harm competition and user privacy
15 Jan 2021
How to reclaim data from Google, Facebook, Apple post-GDPR
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

How to reclaim data from Google, Facebook, Apple post-GDPR

We reveal how the web's biggest data hoarders have responded to the new regulations and how you can take control of your privacy
11 Jan 2021
Two sentenced under the Computer Misuse Act for data theft
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Computer Misuse Act

Two sentenced under the Computer Misuse Act for data theft

The individuals were accused of siphoning away personal data from RAC to an accident claims management firm
11 Jan 2021
UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020

The ICO, however, was one of the least active data regulators in Europe having collecting fines for three cases
6 Jan 2021
What is the dark web?
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What is the dark web?

We shine a light on the often unsavoury corners of the World Wide Web
5 Jan 2021
Apple iOS 14.3 launch brings privacy labels for all apps
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Apple iOS 14.3 launch brings privacy labels for all apps

App Store now requires developers to disclose how user data is managed
15 Dec 2020
Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules

Firm chastised over its handling of a 2018 flaw that made private tweets accessible to the public
15 Dec 2020
EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights
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artificial intelligence (AI)

EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights

Regulator calls for more guidance over the use of AI as it is "made by people" and therefore not "infallible"
14 Dec 2020
The rise of consent and preference management
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data management

The rise of consent and preference management

With cookies falling out of favour, organisations need to find another way to manage customer data
11 Dec 2020
Google sets a date for Chrome extension privacy revamp
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Google sets a date for Chrome extension privacy revamp

From January 18th, developers must be clear about how they're handling user data
10 Dec 2020
Amazon and Google fined £122m for "insufficient" cookie consent
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Amazon and Google fined £122m for "insufficient" cookie consent

The CNIL gives both firms three-month ultimatum to make changes or face further daily fines
10 Dec 2020
What is hacktivism?
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What is hacktivism?

From Anonymous to Omega, here’s everything you need to know about hackers with a conscience
9 Dec 2020
Cloudflare and Apple launch privacy-focused DNS protocol
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Domain Name System (DNS)

Cloudflare and Apple launch privacy-focused DNS protocol

Oblivious DNS-over-HTTPS safeguards users' browsing habits from third parties
9 Dec 2020
UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption
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UK gov could block Facebook plans for end-to-end encryption

Privacy groups warn the Home Office to not "facilitate crime by making personal security harder"
9 Dec 2020
Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy
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Policy & legislation

Biden team signals president-elect may target Section 230 and data privacy

Political change signals trouble for online platforms
4 Dec 2020
What is shoulder surfing?
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Security

What is shoulder surfing?

This social engineering technique can pose a major security risk, so here's how to best protect against it
2 Dec 2020