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IRS lets taxpayers bypass facial recognition with virtual interviews
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IRS lets taxpayers bypass facial recognition with virtual interviews

The temporary solution will be in effect through the 2022 tax filing season
22 Feb 2022
Google brings Privacy Sandbox initiative to Android
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Google brings Privacy Sandbox initiative to Android

Multi-year effort likely to bring new Topics API to mobile OS
17 Feb 2022
US senators urge Labor Department to drop facial recognition
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privacy

US senators urge Labor Department to drop facial recognition

In half of US states, workers filing for unemployed insurance must create an account with ID.me
16 Feb 2022
Texas sues Facebook for misusing facial recognition data
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privacy

Texas sues Facebook for misusing facial recognition data

State wants up to $25,000 per alleged violation for discontinued program
16 Feb 2022
Zoom users claim macOS app keeps 'listening' after meetings end
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cyber security

Zoom users claim macOS app keeps 'listening' after meetings end

Numerous users report 'privacy breaches' as macOS indicators revealed the device's microphone remained enabled long after meetings had ended
14 Feb 2022
Google and competition watchdog agree on rules governing cookie policy changes
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privacy

Google and competition watchdog agree on rules governing cookie policy changes

The news comes as the European Publishers Council (EPC) issued a European Commission antitrust complaint against Google
11 Feb 2022
Apple bug allowed iPhones to inadvertently record Siri interactions
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privacy

Apple bug allowed iPhones to inadvertently record Siri interactions

The flaw stored Siri recordings even if a user had opted out
9 Feb 2022
IRS backtracks on facial recognition plans following backlash
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privacy

IRS backtracks on facial recognition plans following backlash

The turnabout was prompted by privacy concerns raised by taxpayers, lawmakers, and advocacy groups
8 Feb 2022
Online Safety Bill will require porn sites to verify age of UK users
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Policy & legislation

Online Safety Bill will require porn sites to verify age of UK users

However, internet users are concerned the proposal will threaten online privacy and open new opportunities for blackmail
8 Feb 2022
Meta says Apple's iOS privacy changes will cost it $10 billion in 2022
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privacy

Meta says Apple's iOS privacy changes will cost it $10 billion in 2022

The company's CFO suggests Google "faces a different set of restrictions" because it pays Apple to remain the default iOS search engine
3 Feb 2022
FBI urges Olympic athletes to leave personal devices at home due to cyber risk
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Security

FBI urges Olympic athletes to leave personal devices at home due to cyber risk

The organisation has warned that threat actors could use a broad range of cyber activities, including DDoS or ransomware attacks, to disrupt the event
1 Feb 2022
Google adds Python support to privacy-preserving data analysis tool
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big data analytics

Google adds Python support to privacy-preserving data analysis tool

The addition of Python opens up the open-source differential privacy library to nearly half of all developers worldwide
28 Jan 2022
Vodafone: Personal data might become new currency by 2030
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Data & insights

Vodafone: Personal data might become new currency by 2030

Businesses will be forced to provide customers with a better experience in exchange for personal data in order to retain them
26 Jan 2022
IOC defends China Olympics app after 'devastating flaw' revealed
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Security

IOC defends China Olympics app after 'devastating flaw' revealed

The app may even be breaking Google and Apple’s app store policies when it comes to privacy, according to Citizen Lab
19 Jan 2022
European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021

The UK placed sixth on the GDPR fine table with its £20 million fine levied against British Airways
18 Jan 2022
Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers
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Safari bug lets websites track browsing activity and unique identifiers

The flaw, found in Apple's WebKit browser engine, affects Safari 15 on macOS and all browsers on iOS and iPadOS 15
18 Jan 2022
NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool
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virtual private network (VPN)

NordVPN launches open source VPN speed testing tool

The unified speed-testing software can be downloaded from GitHub
14 Jan 2022
Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies
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Policy & legislation

Google, Facebook fined €210 million for making it difficult for users to reject cookies

Data regulator CNIL gives companies three months to provide a system for refusing cookies that is as easy as single click consent
6 Jan 2022
Google Cloud extends partnership with Minsait
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Google Cloud extends partnership with Minsait

New deal will help improve digital sovereignty in Spain’s public and private sector organizations
20 Dec 2021
HMRC suffered 17 data breaches over 15 months
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HMRC suffered 17 data breaches over 15 months

According to a recent report, the breaches affected more than 3,000 individuals
13 Dec 2021
The risks and strategies of using privacy as a business differentiator
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The risks and strategies of using privacy as a business differentiator

With privacy increasingly driving customer decisions, here’s how to make it a differentiator for your business
13 Dec 2021
LastPass announces integration with Google Workspace
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LastPass announces integration with Google Workspace

Employers can now automatically provide employees with a LastPass account through Google’s directory integration
10 Dec 2021
DarkMatter and former NSA officers sued over alleged phone hack of Saudi human rights activist
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hacking

DarkMatter and former NSA officers sued over alleged phone hack of Saudi human rights activist

Loujain al-Hathloul alleges three ex-NSA mercenaries hacked her phone in 2017 and passed sensitive information on to Saudi Arabia
10 Dec 2021
Avast to acquire self-sovereign identity firm Evernym
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privacy

Avast to acquire self-sovereign identity firm Evernym

The acquisition will help Avast enhance its decentralized identity solutions
9 Dec 2021