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
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
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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
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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
TikTok implies it’s collecting users' faceprints and voiceprints
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privacy

TikTok implies it’s collecting users' faceprints and voiceprints

New privacy policy gives the app permission to collect biometric data from users
4 Jun 2021
Amazon’s Ring now requires police to request doorbell videos publicly
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privacy

Amazon’s Ring now requires police to request doorbell videos publicly

Previously, Ring owners got private messages from police looking for user videos
3 Jun 2021
Tories fined £10,000 after sending unwanted campaign emails
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privacy

Tories fined £10,000 after sending unwanted campaign emails

ICO said the breach of data protection laws was “serious”
3 Jun 2021
Mozilla modernises Firefox UI with design overhaul, privacy protections
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web browser

Mozilla modernises Firefox UI with design overhaul, privacy protections

Developers claim the refreshed browser is cleaner, more intuitive, and responsive to users' browsing habits
2 Jun 2021
What has the move to remote working meant for employee monitoring?
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Business strategy

What has the move to remote working meant for employee monitoring?

Reports show a growth in employee monitoring since the start of the pandemic, but are staff aware of the extent of surveillance?
30 May 2021
IT Pro News in Review: VMware vulnerabilities, WhatsApp sues Indian government & UK PNC under fire
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cyber security

IT Pro News in Review: VMware vulnerabilities, WhatsApp sues Indian government & UK PNC under fire

Catch up on the top news headlines in just two minutes
28 May 2021
Privacy campaigners rally against "illegal" Clearview AI data scraping
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Privacy campaigners rally against "illegal" Clearview AI data scraping

The notorious facial recognition firm claims to have a database of more than three billion images scraped from social media sites
27 May 2021
GCHQ's mass surveillance regime ruled unlawful
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privacy

GCHQ's mass surveillance regime ruled unlawful

The ECHR has ruled that the UK's bulk collection and ISP data interception programmes breached human rights law
25 May 2021