Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users
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privacy

Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users

The AAID is unique to all Android devices and can be shared with third parties for more effective targeted advertising
7 Apr 2021
What is shoulder surfing?
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social engineering

What is shoulder surfing?

This social engineering technique can pose a major security risk, so here's how to best protect against it
22 Mar 2021
Advocacy groups say new police bill threatens individuals' data and privacy rights
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Policy & legislation

Advocacy groups say new police bill threatens individuals' data and privacy rights

Groups claim bill will encourage 'digital strip searches'
18 Mar 2021
Google Privacy Sandbox added to US antitrust compaint
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privacy

Google Privacy Sandbox added to US antitrust compaint

The company's plan to replace third-party cookies forces advertisers to do business with Google, the complaint alleges
17 Mar 2021
Vodafone Spain fined £7 million for repeated GDPR breaches
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Vodafone Spain fined £7 million for repeated GDPR breaches

The firm had either been warned or fined smaller amounts on at least 50 occasions between January 2018 and February 2020
16 Mar 2021
Apple launches its privacy-label database
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iOS

Apple launches its privacy-label database

The labels reveal what type of data Apple apps collect when you use them
12 Mar 2021
UK seeks divergence from GDPR to 'fuel growth'
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data protection

UK seeks divergence from GDPR to 'fuel growth'

Experts warn that deviating too much from the EU's regime would jeopardise the UK’s fragile data adequacy status
12 Mar 2021
Next Information Commissioner will correct ‘imbalance’ favouring privacy rights
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Information Commissioner

Next Information Commissioner will correct ‘imbalance’ favouring privacy rights

The government will seek a successor to Elizabeth Denham who can focus not just on data protection but on innovation
9 Mar 2021
Apple faces another iOS privacy lawsuit in Europe
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privacy

Apple faces another iOS privacy lawsuit in Europe

The company is violating the EU’s GDPR rules with its iOS 14 operating system, French startup lobby claims
9 Mar 2021
How to enable private browsing on any device
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privacy

How to enable private browsing on any device

Want to know how to surf the web privately on Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices? Here's our private browsing guide
8 Mar 2021
Senators question the privacy of cameras in Amazon delivery vans
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privacy

Senators question the privacy of cameras in Amazon delivery vans

Amazon claims they’re for safety only, but the senators are skeptical
4 Mar 2021
Virginia passes consumer data protection law
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data protection

Virginia passes consumer data protection law

Eastern state follows California in offering consumers opt-out for data processing
3 Mar 2021
Google rebuffs claims that Workspace is embedded with data protection risks
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data protection

Google rebuffs claims that Workspace is embedded with data protection risks

Privacy Company publishes DPIAs highlighting eight high-risk and three low-risk issues in G Suite Enterprise
3 Mar 2021
TikTok settles for $92m after being accused of harvesting biometric data
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privacy

TikTok settles for $92m after being accused of harvesting biometric data

Users had accused the social media platform of scanning their videos for facial features and sharing data with third-parties
26 Feb 2021
WhatsApp presses ahead with privacy changes despite backlash
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privacy

WhatsApp presses ahead with privacy changes despite backlash

The news of the update resulted in millions of new downloads for rival services Telegram and Signal
19 Feb 2021
What are supercookies?
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privacy

What are supercookies?

Look! Up on the screen! Is it a cache? Is it a cookie? No! It’s a … supercookie?
17 Feb 2021
Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance

Digital rights advocates say tools such as facial recognition bring 'internet-style omnipresent tracking to the offline world'
17 Feb 2021
TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations

The BEUC is urging the European Commission to urgently investigate the app's "unclear" data collection practices
16 Feb 2021
Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app
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digital transformation

Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app

Customers can be identified for passport and driving licence renewals from the safety of their homes
15 Feb 2021
Israeli hackers breach KKK-affiliated website
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hacking

Israeli hackers breach KKK-affiliated website

Hackers leaked the name, phone number, and other personal information of Patriotic Bridge Knights' alleged leader
5 Feb 2021
Facebook escalates Apple feud with own privacy pop-ups
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privacy

Facebook escalates Apple feud with own privacy pop-ups

The incoming iOS 14 update means Facebook could record revenue losses of as much as $5 billion
2 Feb 2021
Apple and Facebook's privacy dispute could lead to legal war
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privacy

Apple and Facebook's privacy dispute could lead to legal war

Reports suggest the social network is preparing an anti-trust complaint
29 Jan 2021
Apple's block on activity tracking to arrive 'early spring'
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privacy

Apple's block on activity tracking to arrive 'early spring'

Both Facebook and Google have warned the move would result in lost revenues
28 Jan 2021
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