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Microsoft blocking Tutanota users from Teams registration, claims fix unfeasible
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Business operations

Microsoft blocking Tutanota users from Teams registration, claims fix unfeasible

Tutanota claim this is an antitrust issue, as the company shares the problem with the public
8 Aug 2022
Brave pushes the boundaries of privacy by design
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privacy

Brave pushes the boundaries of privacy by design

It’s quite a big step to abandon the big three of Chrome, Edge and Safari for a niche option that doesn’t just tack privacy on top
6 Aug 2022
Home Office to collect foreign offenders' biometric data using smartwatch scheme
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privacy

Home Office to collect foreign offenders' biometric data using smartwatch scheme

Facial recognition and geolocation data will be matched against Home Office, Ministry of Justice and police databases
5 Aug 2022
India scraps privacy bill following big tech outcry
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Policy & legislation

India scraps privacy bill following big tech outcry

However, the government is developing a new bill which it hopes to bring into law early next year
4 Aug 2022
Legal challenge for Sadiq Khan over ANPR expansion, Met access to data
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data processing

Legal challenge for Sadiq Khan over ANPR expansion, Met access to data

Rights campaigners argue that the increase in surveillance is unlawful and unjustified
3 Aug 2022
UK safety tech sees another year of growth, amidst backlash
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business transformation

UK safety tech sees another year of growth, amidst backlash

Record investment in the sector has led to widespread implementation of safety measures, but rights groups and some experts still aren't convinced
2 Aug 2022
Tim Hortons 'offers free coffee and donut' to app users to settle data lawsuit
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privacy

Tim Hortons 'offers free coffee and donut' to app users to settle data lawsuit

Canadian privacy commissioners found that the coffee giant had tracked and recorded the movements of its app users every few minutes of the day, even …
1 Aug 2022
TikTok to give researchers new API for insight, greater transparency
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Business operations

TikTok to give researchers new API for insight, greater transparency

Trends identified by independent analysts could inform business decisions
28 Jul 2022
DataGrail hires former Shopify VP Cathy Polinsky as CTO
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Business strategy

DataGrail hires former Shopify VP Cathy Polinsky as CTO

The new hire stressed that data privacy is a human right as DataGrail looks to boost customer control
27 Jul 2022
Southern co-operative faces legal complaint for facial recognition CCTV
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privacy

Southern co-operative faces legal complaint for facial recognition CCTV

Rights group Big Brother Watch has written to the Information Commissioner to “stop unlawful processing”
26 Jul 2022
Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to Zoom Phone and Breakout Rooms
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encryption

Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to Zoom Phone and Breakout Rooms

Users will need to be on the same Zoom account for E2EE for Zoom Calls to work
22 Jul 2022
Meta begins encrypting Facebook URLs, nullifying tracking countermeasures
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privacy

Meta begins encrypting Facebook URLs, nullifying tracking countermeasures

The move has made URL stripping impossible but will improve analytics
19 Jul 2022
Google fined $971k for litigation misconduct in privacy suit
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privacy

Google fined $971k for litigation misconduct in privacy suit

The sanction was imposed after the tech giant failed to disclose key pieces of evidence pertinent to the case
18 Jul 2022
FTC to keep a close tab on VPN providers amid Roe v. Wade ruling uproar
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privacy

FTC to keep a close tab on VPN providers amid Roe v. Wade ruling uproar

US Congress singles out deceptive advertising and data collection practices by the consumer VPN industry
18 Jul 2022
Morgan Stanley fined $200m for "unapproved" WhatsApp use
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business communications

Morgan Stanley fined $200m for "unapproved" WhatsApp use

US gov report criticises bank for conducting business via personal channels of communications
15 Jul 2022
ID.me pushes for US-wide privacy legislation
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Policy & legislation

ID.me pushes for US-wide privacy legislation

The latest push follows Apple CEO Tim Cook advocating support for the "strongest privacy bill possible"
14 Jul 2022
UK government puts Online Safety Bill 'on ice'
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Policy & legislation

UK government puts Online Safety Bill 'on ice'

Delaying the third reading until the autumn gives the next prime minister and digital secretary a chance to revise, or throw out, the legislation
14 Jul 2022
ICO crackdown on AI recruitment part of three-year vision to save businesses £100 million
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data protection

ICO crackdown on AI recruitment part of three-year vision to save businesses £100 million

ICO25 outlines a fresh approach that involves releasing learning materials, advice, and a new ICO-moderated discussion forum for businesses
14 Jul 2022
Amazon gave police departments Ring footage without permission
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privacy

Amazon gave police departments Ring footage without permission

The tech giant has done this 11 times this year
14 Jul 2022
EU inches closer to blocking Meta from sending personal data to US
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Policy & legislation

EU inches closer to blocking Meta from sending personal data to US

The decision still needs to be approved by other European data regulators, but could see the shut down of Instagram and Facebook on the continent
8 Jul 2022
SoftBank under pressure over links with 'blacklisted' Chinese facial recognition firm
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Business strategy

SoftBank under pressure over links with 'blacklisted' Chinese facial recognition firm

A subsidiary of the Japanese tech giant that conducts business with Mastercard and Visa relies on tech by the sanctioned SenseTime
8 Jul 2022
Online Safety Bill: Messaging apps 'forced to scan messages' for child abuse content in fresh amendment
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Policy & legislation

Online Safety Bill: Messaging apps 'forced to scan messages' for child abuse content in fresh amendment

Apps utilising end-to-end encryption would require backdoors or new mechanisms to allow user data to be scanned and passed on to authorities
6 Jul 2022
Cross-party MPs urge ban on two Chinese CCTV companies citing ethics and security concerns
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Policy & legislation

Cross-party MPs urge ban on two Chinese CCTV companies citing ethics and security concerns

Hikvision and Dahua are used by over 60% of UK public bodies, despite widespread criticism around alleged ties to crimes in Xinjiang
5 Jul 2022