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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
Google merges Chrome and Android password managers after community feedback
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Security

Google merges Chrome and Android password managers after community feedback

The tech giant is also giving users the ability to generate passwords for iOS apps when Chrome is set as the autofill provider
1 Jul 2022
Mozilla adds 'Total Cookie Protection' to its browser
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privacy

Mozilla adds 'Total Cookie Protection' to its browser

The new function will separate cookies into a "cookie jar" and prevent user tracking
15 Jun 2022
Using Google Takeout to reclaim your data
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privacy

Using Google Takeout to reclaim your data

Everyone knows your data drives the Google machine, but now you can find out exactly what it holds on you
11 Jun 2022
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
10 Jun 2022
India’s new cyber rules risk driving away tech companies
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Policy & legislation

India’s new cyber rules risk driving away tech companies

A tech industry body has flagged that the rules could create create an “environment of fear”
6 Jun 2022
Data protection policies and procedures
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data protection

Data protection policies and procedures

Why your company needs them, and what they should include
2 Jun 2022
DuckDuckGo CEO defends platform after Microsoft online tracker agreement uncovered
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privacy

DuckDuckGo CEO defends platform after Microsoft online tracker agreement uncovered

Gabriel Weinberg's defence was greeted warmly by the community and said the issue ultimately comes down to the unavoidable way the modern internet is …
26 May 2022
How to wipe a laptop easily and securely
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Security

How to wipe a laptop easily and securely

A step by step guide on how to safely wipe data from a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine
20 May 2022
The cookie phase-out might precede an AdTech apocalypse
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digital marketing

The cookie phase-out might precede an AdTech apocalypse

With the industry phasing out third-party cookies, what does this mean for businesses reliant on them to track and improve their campaigns?
20 May 2022
EU rules against Meta in data privacy row
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data protection

EU rules against Meta in data privacy row

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) says consumer groups can take legal action over data privacy breaches
29 Apr 2022
Microsoft's latest VPN-like feature brings added network privacy to Edge users
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Microsoft's latest VPN-like feature brings added network privacy to Edge users

The Microsoft Edge Secure Network feature is currently available in preview and offers similar data privacy protections to Apple's Private Relay tool
29 Apr 2022
Blockchain-based Gmail plugin lets users keep control over email attachments after they're sent
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email delivery

Blockchain-based Gmail plugin lets users keep control over email attachments after they're sent

Document GPS email extension for Google Workspace considered world's first Gmail tokenization tool
28 Apr 2022
Palantir's poaching of former NHSX AI chief branded “scandalous”
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public sector

Palantir's poaching of former NHSX AI chief branded “scandalous”

The controversial tech company is currently competing for a £240 million NHS federated data platform (FDP) contract
22 Apr 2022
Exclusive: Former Shiseido staff say company was aware of data breach weeks before official notice
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data breaches

Exclusive: Former Shiseido staff say company was aware of data breach weeks before official notice

Fake companies were created using the stolen identities of hundreds of Shiseido employees, former staff claim
20 Apr 2022
DuckDuckGo app arrives on Mac
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privacy

DuckDuckGo app arrives on Mac

New browser app comes with a cookie popup blocker and a password manager
13 Apr 2022