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WhatsApp presses ahead with privacy changes despite backlash
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp could face €50 million GDPR fine

The messaging service failed to adequately inform users about how their data would be shared with Facebook
25 Jan 2021
Google Chrome makes it easier to fix weak passwords
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Google Chrome makes it easier to fix weak passwords

The new tool will be rolled out over the coming weeks as users upgrade to the Chrome 88 browser version
21 Jan 2021
OpenWRT forum suffers data breach
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OpenWRT forum suffers data breach

Hackers have compromised the personal information of up to 27,000 users
19 Jan 2021
WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update for businesses
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WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update for businesses

Users were asked to share data with WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook in order to continue using the service
18 Jan 2021
IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

IT retailer faces €10.4m GDPR fine for employee surveillance

The German notebook seller has hit back, rejecting the fine and claiming it's being set up to be made an example of
18 Jan 2021
Google closes Fitbit deal despite ongoing legal probes
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Google closes Fitbit deal despite ongoing legal probes

US and Australian regulators are still investigating whether the $2.1 billion (£1.54bn) acquisition will harm competition and user privacy
15 Jan 2021
How to reclaim data from Google, Facebook, Apple post-GDPR
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

How to reclaim data from Google, Facebook, Apple post-GDPR

We reveal how the web's biggest data hoarders have responded to the new regulations and how you can take control of your privacy
11 Jan 2021
UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK ranked second for value of GDPR fines issued in 2020

The ICO, however, was one of the least active data regulators in Europe having collecting fines for three cases
6 Jan 2021
What is the dark web?
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What is the dark web?

We shine a light on the often unsavoury corners of the World Wide Web
5 Jan 2021
Apple iOS 14.3 launch brings privacy labels for all apps
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Apple iOS 14.3 launch brings privacy labels for all apps

App Store now requires developers to disclose how user data is managed
15 Dec 2020
Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Twitter fined €450k for breaching GDPR disclosure rules

Firm chastised over its handling of a 2018 flaw that made private tweets accessible to the public
15 Dec 2020
EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights
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artificial intelligence (AI)

EU watchdog urges AI policymakers to protect fundamental rights

Regulator calls for more guidance over the use of AI as it is "made by people" and therefore not "infallible"
14 Dec 2020
The rise of consent and preference management
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The rise of consent and preference management

With cookies falling out of favour, organisations need to find another way to manage customer data
11 Dec 2020