Facebook, Google and Microsoft stop processing Hong Kong data requests
privacy

Facebook, Google and Microsoft stop processing Hong Kong data requests

Move follows the implementation of a new security law that criminalises protests
7 Jul 2020
LinkedIn blames 'bug' for iOS clipboard snooping
privacy

LinkedIn blames 'bug' for iOS clipboard snooping

Despite still being in beta, iOS 14 is proving useful for spotting companies that invade user privacy
6 Jul 2020
UK government faces legal action over NHS Test and Trace risk assessments
privacy

UK government faces legal action over NHS Test and Trace risk assessments

The DHSC have until 8 July to provide evidence that a data protection impact assessment has been performed
3 Jul 2020
Facebook flaw gave 5,000 developers access to users' data
privacy

Facebook flaw gave 5,000 developers access to users' data

Information from users' profiles was accessible after the 90-day time limit had expired
2 Jul 2020
Privacy groups warn against Google's acquisition of Fitbit
privacy

Privacy groups warn against Google's acquisition of Fitbit

Advocacy groups claim Google could exploit Fitbit’s data collection capabilities
2 Jul 2020
Northern Ireland to launch own contact-tracing app
privacy

Northern Ireland to launch own contact-tracing app

The app will be based on the Apple-Google API and will be made available to the public in the coming weeks
29 Jun 2020
Immunity passports: What do we really know about the ‘risk-free certificate’?
privacy

Immunity passports: What do we really know about the ‘risk-free certificate’?

Proponents say they’re a gateway to reopening the country post-lockdown, but could they be a Pandora’s box of sensitive data?
25 Jun 2020
Google will automatically delete user activity data after 18 months
privacy

Google will automatically delete user activity data after 18 months

Auto-delete update comes as Google pledges “to keep less data by default”
25 Jun 2020
84% of Brits worry contact-tracing data will be misused
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84% of Brits worry contact-tracing data will be misused

But UK citizens are still willing to give up data in order to help tackle the pandemic
24 Jun 2020
Facebook dealt data collection blow in landmark antitrust case
privacy

Facebook dealt data collection blow in landmark antitrust case

Germany's top court says the social network is "abusing its dominant position" to collect excessive user data
24 Jun 2020
Apple doubles down on privacy with iOS 14 and macOS 11
privacy

Apple doubles down on privacy with iOS 14 and macOS 11

WWDC saw the introduction of a number of new security-focused features for iPhone, iPad, and MacBook users
23 Jun 2020
Facebook to share more about privacy updates and changes
Facebook mobile app
social media

Facebook to share more about privacy updates and changes

“Our work on privacy is never finished,” says chief privacy officer Michel Protti
18 Jun 2020
UK gov abandons contact-tracing app in favour of Apple-Google API
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UK gov abandons contact-tracing app in favour of Apple-Google API

The U-turn follows the appointment of former Apple general manager Simon Thompson as project lead
18 Jun 2020
Microsoft joins list of companies banning facial recognition sales to US police
Facial recognition
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Microsoft joins list of companies banning facial recognition sales to US police

Tech giant claims that it did not sell the tech to police departments even prior to their latest announcement
12 Jun 2020
UK's coronavirus contact-tracing app faces delay over complications with Bluetooth
privacy

UK's coronavirus contact-tracing app faces delay over complications with Bluetooth

BBC reports that MPs are considering switching back to the decentralised API model
11 Jun 2020
WhatsApp exposed users' phone numbers in Google search results
WhatsApp, Web app, Messaging
privacy

WhatsApp exposed users' phone numbers in Google search results

Security researcher claims 'Click to Chat' feature revealed as many as 300,000 phone numbers via public search
10 Jun 2020
Brave apologises for redirecting users to affiliate links
privacy

Brave apologises for redirecting users to affiliate links

The privacy-focused platform would revise URLs to add an affiliate code for those accessing cryptocurrency platforms
8 Jun 2020
Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over 'private' mode tracking
privacy

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over 'private' mode tracking

The filing represents the millions of Google users who used Incognito mode since 2016
3 Jun 2020
Privacy group to challenge UK over test and trace data retention
privacy

Privacy group to challenge UK over test and trace data retention

Open Rights Group threatens legal action over decision to retain personal health data for up to two decades
2 Jun 2020
Facebook investors will urge firm to drop end-to-end encryption plans
privacy

Facebook investors will urge firm to drop end-to-end encryption plans

Shareholders say plans could hinder efforts to detect and stop child exploitation cases
27 May 2020
UK contact-tracing app has multiple serious security flaws
privacy

UK contact-tracing app has multiple serious security flaws

Experts warn that weaknesses in the NHS app could allow attackers to steal encryption keys
20 May 2020
GDPR "inadequate" to protect against contact-tracing privacy risks
privacy

GDPR "inadequate" to protect against contact-tracing privacy risks

MPs and Lords demand new law to guarantee protections for any contact-tracing tech
19 May 2020
UK delays rollout of NHS contact-tracing app
privacy

UK delays rollout of NHS contact-tracing app

Dominic Raab says the app will now be released "in the weeks ahead" after missing original mid-May target
19 May 2020
Digital activists sound the alarm over UK's 'coronavirus datastore' plans
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Digital activists sound the alarm over UK's 'coronavirus datastore' plans

A dozen groups including Liberty and medConfidential have written to Matt Hancock demanding answers
18 May 2020