privacy

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout
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Security

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout

Only 1:1 messages will be automatically protected as part of the trial
20 Nov 2020
Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data
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data protection

Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data

Stance taken following EU advice to firms on complying with a ruling invalidating the EU-US data transfer mechanism
20 Nov 2020
Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking
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privacy

Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking

The Mac manufacturer has lashed out after being criticised for delaying sought after privacy features iOS 14
20 Nov 2020
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
18 Nov 2020
How to wipe a laptop easily and securely
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Security

How to wipe a laptop easily and securely

Selling your laptop? Make sure that all your sensitive data is gone before it reaches its new owner
17 Nov 2020
Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool
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privacy

Apple hit with privacy complaints over iPhone tracking tool

Apple's Identifier for Advertisers activates without consent and violates the EU's Cookie Law, say privacy campaigners
16 Nov 2020
DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years
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data breaches

DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years

The National Insurance numbers of thousands of individuals applying for disability benefit were left online
11 Nov 2020
Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee launches Solid privacy platform for enterprises
privacy

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee launches Solid privacy platform for enterprises

Solid’s early adopters include the BBC, NHS and NatWest Bank
9 Nov 2020
Hotel booking firm exposes data on "millions" of guests
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Security

Hotel booking firm exposes data on "millions" of guests

Reservation platform used by Hotels.com, Booking.com and Expedia left sensitive data exposed on a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket
9 Nov 2020
Apple will require developers to add privacy nutrition labels to apps
privacy

Apple will require developers to add privacy nutrition labels to apps

Labels will help iDevice users understand apps’ privacy practices before installation
6 Nov 2020
UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention
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privacy

UK gov faces legal action over Test and Trace data retention

Privacy campaigners urge Matt Hancock to take "urgent responsibility" to protect peoples' data
26 Oct 2020
What is shoulder surfing?
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Security

What is shoulder surfing?

This social engineering technique can pose a major security risk, so here's how to best protect against it
19 Oct 2020
Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator launches GDPR probe into Instagram

Investigation launched after 60 million children were given the option to switch to a public-facing business account
19 Oct 2020
What is hacktivism?
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What is hacktivism?

From Anonymous to Omega, here’s everything you need to know about hackers with a conscience
13 Oct 2020
Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design
encryption

Five Eyes nations demand encryption 'backdoors' by-design

Tech companies are being urged to implement encryption-bypassing systems into their services by default
12 Oct 2020
UK 'mass surveillance' regime is illegal, EU court declares
privacy

UK 'mass surveillance' regime is illegal, EU court declares

Indiscriminate data collection contravenes rights to privacy and data protection, despite “national security” justification
7 Oct 2020
H&M fined £32 million for intrusive employee surveillance
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

H&M fined £32 million for intrusive employee surveillance

German wing of the fashion retailer violated GDPR by chronicling and sharing employee holiday experiences
2 Oct 2020
Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data
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data breaches

Airbnb glitch exposed hosts' personal data

The company has blamed a "technical issue" for the leak that saw hosts' data made available to others
29 Sep 2020
Silicon Valley’s scandal hunters
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Business strategy

Silicon Valley’s scandal hunters

Are tech firms hiring teams to aggressively snuff out any internal or external criticism?
21 Sep 2020
Google bans ‘stalkerware’ from Play store
spyware

Google bans ‘stalkerware’ from Play store

The ban excludes enterprise management tools and those used by parents to track the whereabouts of their children
17 Sep 2020
What is private browsing?
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Security

What is private browsing?

Private-browsing capabilities are baked into the internet browsers you use everyday. Here's why it's important
15 Sep 2020
Zenhua data leak contained Boris Johnson's personal data
data governance

Zenhua data leak contained Boris Johnson's personal data

Information on the prime minister has been collected by a Shenzen firm with alleged links to the Chinese Communist Party
14 Sep 2020
England and Wales' contact-tracing app will launch this month
Development

England and Wales' contact-tracing app will launch this month

The NHS app ensures that users’ data is stored on their smartphones as opposed to a public database
14 Sep 2020