Facebook is shutting down its controversial facial recognition system
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Facebook is shutting down its controversial facial recognition system

The move will see more than a billion facial templates removed from Facebook's records amid a push for more private applications of the technology
3 Nov 2021
Apple's ad transparency policy has cost Facebook, YouTube, Snap almost $10 billion so far
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Apple's ad transparency policy has cost Facebook, YouTube, Snap almost $10 billion so far

Estimate from the Financial Times says Facebook has been hit hardest by new rule requiring user consent
1 Nov 2021
What is end-to-end encryption and why is everyone fighting over it?
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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
29 Oct 2021
What is your digital footprint?
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Business strategy

What is your digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is always growing – so we explore how you can keep it under control
29 Oct 2021
Australian competition regulator seeks to undermine Google Search monopoly
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Australian competition regulator seeks to undermine Google Search monopoly

A new report from the watchdog calls on Google to implement a search engine 'choice screen'
28 Oct 2021
Avast launches premium browser with built-in VPN
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Avast launches premium browser with built-in VPN

Avast Secure Browser Pro is available now on Windows 10, iOS and Android
26 Oct 2021
Why Big Brother could be your friend
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Why Big Brother could be your friend

As high street stores join the NICE Investigate Digital Evidence Management system, what does this mean for the wider business community?
19 Oct 2021
Scottish schools serve up facial recognition for school dinners
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Scottish schools serve up facial recognition for school dinners

COVID, quicker payments and better security are all cited as reasons for ditching cards and fingerprints in favour of the new system
18 Oct 2021
7-Eleven biometric data collection found in breach of Australian privacy laws
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7-Eleven biometric data collection found in breach of Australian privacy laws

The US convenience store chain has been ordered to scrap its facial scanning tool and delete any stored data
14 Oct 2021
Is Australia becoming a surveillance state?
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Is Australia becoming a surveillance state?

With new powers granted to law enforcement agencies in Australia, we examine what this could mean for digital rights in the country
11 Oct 2021
Senators urge FTC to enforce child privacy laws
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Senators urge FTC to enforce child privacy laws

Lawmakers wrote to the FTC Commissioner, asking her to enforce new child protection measures
8 Oct 2021
Amazon, Microsoft, Google back creation of Trusted Cloud Principles
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Amazon, Microsoft, Google back creation of Trusted Cloud Principles

The initiative calls on governments to recognise baseline security and privacy protections for customers
1 Oct 2021
How to maintain your privacy on social media
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How to maintain your privacy on social media

Even the most privacy conscious individuals can be caught out by misconfigured accounts
1 Oct 2021
Women and BAME individuals are hardest hit by cyber crime
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Women and BAME individuals are hardest hit by cyber crime

Malwarebytes calls on the technology industry to do more to provide secure internet access to everyone
28 Sep 2021
MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’
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MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’

The blunder exposed the email addresses of 250 interpreters seeking relocation
21 Sep 2021
Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses
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Irish DPC threatens probe over Facebook’s Ray-Ban smart glasses

The Irish data regulator is concerned about the potential for users to engage in covert filming
20 Sep 2021
UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools
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UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools

Comments follow UN report detailing potential human rights abuses associated with use of AI
17 Sep 2021
Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge
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Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge

The tech giant last year said it would suspend the processing of user data requests from the Hong Kong government after a law that criminalised protes…
13 Sep 2021
Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases
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Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases

Campaigners accuse the Irish DPC of being the ‘bottleneck’ for GDPR enforcement with 160 unresolved complaints
13 Sep 2021
WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups
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WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups

The messaging service will grant users a password-protected key when they save their chat histories to the cloud
13 Sep 2021
ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement
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ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement

The company prides itself on benefitting from Switzerland's strict privacy laws, yet had to follow the “legally binding order"
7 Sep 2021
WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies

This finalised penalty is almost five times larger than the draft fine the Irish data regulator issued in December 2020
2 Sep 2021
Google takes down map showing homes of 111,000 Guntrader customers
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data breaches

Google takes down map showing homes of 111,000 Guntrader customers

Recently hacked data was linked to Google Maps by animal rights activists
2 Sep 2021
NHS Digital delays patient data-sharing plans as millions opt-out
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NHS Digital delays patient data-sharing plans as millions opt-out

The controversial GPDPR initiative has been put on hold indefinitely amid growing backlash
24 Aug 2021