privacy

UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools
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artificial intelligence (AI)

UN high commissioner calls for ban on harmful AI tools

Comments follow UN report detailing potential human rights abuses associated with use of AI
17 Sep 2021
FTC tells health apps to notify users of data breaches
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data protection

FTC tells health apps to notify users of data breaches

Companies selling connected devices must also comply with the Health Breach Notification Rule
16 Sep 2021
Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge
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privacy

Google handed user data to Hong Kong authorities despite pledge

The tech giant last year said it would suspend the processing of user data requests from the Hong Kong government after a law that criminalised protes…
13 Sep 2021
Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases

Campaigners accuse the Irish DPC of being the ‘bottleneck’ for GDPR enforcement with 160 unresolved complaints
13 Sep 2021
WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups
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encryption

WhatsApp activates end-to-end encrypted cloud backups

The messaging service will grant users a password-protected key when they save their chat histories to the cloud
13 Sep 2021
What is your digital footprint?
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Business strategy

What is your digital footprint?

Your digital footprint is always growing – so we explore how you can keep it under control
7 Sep 2021
ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement
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privacy

ProtonMail criticised for sharing activist's IP address with law enforcement

The company prides itself on benefitting from Switzerland's strict privacy laws, yet had to follow the “legally binding order"
7 Sep 2021
WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

WhatsApp fined €225 million over obscure data sharing policies

This finalised penalty is almost five times larger than the draft fine the Irish data regulator issued in December 2020
2 Sep 2021
NHS Digital delays patient data-sharing plans as millions opt-out
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privacy

NHS Digital delays patient data-sharing plans as millions opt-out

The controversial GPDPR initiative has been put on hold indefinitely amid growing backlash
24 Aug 2021
More than 90 global privacy groups urge Apple to abandon CSAM surveillance
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privacy

More than 90 global privacy groups urge Apple to abandon CSAM surveillance

Groups warn the tech could be exploited by “abusive adults”
19 Aug 2021
83 million IoT devices at risk of hacking
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Internet of Things (IoT)

83 million IoT devices at risk of hacking

The vulnerability could enable threat actors to listen in on private conversations and watch live video streams
18 Aug 2021
UK's surveillance guidance shows tech is "impossible to regulate"
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biometrics

UK's surveillance guidance shows tech is "impossible to regulate"

Privacy group Liberty says the updated code of practice fails to account for the dangers created by this "dystopian surveillance tool"
17 Aug 2021
Facebook defies gov pressure with end-to-end encryption expansion
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privacy

Facebook defies gov pressure with end-to-end encryption expansion

The social network is bringing E2EE to Messenger voice and video calls
16 Aug 2021
Apple shifts stance on CSAM scanning following widespread criticism
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privacy

Apple shifts stance on CSAM scanning following widespread criticism

The tech giant will now only flag images that had been supplied by clearinghouses in multiple countries
16 Aug 2021
Senators quiz Amazon on palm scanning tech
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biometrics

Senators quiz Amazon on palm scanning tech

Lawmakers fret about the privacy implications of Amazon One
13 Aug 2021
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
12 Aug 2021
Apple says it will reject government requests to use child sexual abuse image scanning for surveillance
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privacy

Apple says it will reject government requests to use child sexual abuse image scanning for surveillance

The tech giant claims it has always "steadfastly refused" to work with agency requests that potentially erode privacy
10 Aug 2021
Privacy concerns mount over Apple's plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse images
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e safety

Privacy concerns mount over Apple's plan to scan iPhones for child sexual abuse images

Edward Snowden publicly criticised Apple’s decision, comparing the tech giant’s flagship devices to surveillance agents
6 Aug 2021
Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition
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biometrics

Judge forces Capitol rioter to unlock laptop using facial recognition

Prosecutors argued that the Microsoft device could contain footage of the 6 January insurrection
22 Jul 2021
AWS shuts down NSO Group infrastructure
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS shuts down NSO Group infrastructure

The Israeli company’s Pegasus spyware was used to target at least 50,000 mobile phones
20 Jul 2021
The pros and cons of facial recognition technology
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privacy

The pros and cons of facial recognition technology

Is it really worth risking user privacy in the name of efficiency and security?
20 Jul 2021
Pegasus: Report finds spyware used to target journalists, activists
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spyware

Pegasus: Report finds spyware used to target journalists, activists

NSO Group sold the surveillance tool to authoritarian governments, investigation finds
19 Jul 2021
BCS calls for social media platforms to verify users to curb abuse
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social media

BCS calls for social media platforms to verify users to curb abuse

The move comes after a number of racist posts targeted England players on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram following Euros 2020 defeat
12 Jul 2021