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German court finds fault with Facebook’s default privacy settings

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A court in Germany has ruled that Facebook’s default privacy settings and some of its terms and conditions breached local laws. The court passed judgement late last month but the verdict was only made public this week. The legal challenge, which dates back to 2015, was filed by a local consumer rights association, the vzbv. […]

US military reviewing tech use after Strava privacy snafu

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The US military has responded to privacy concerns over a heatmap feature in the Strava app which displays users’ fitness activity — and has been shown exposing the locations of military facilities around the world — by saying it’s reviewing the rules around usage of wireless devices and apps by its personnel. At the weekend Australian […]

Facebook starts polishing its privacy messaging ahead of GDPR

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As the May 25 deadline for compliance with the EU’s updated privacy framework fast approaches Facebook is continuing to PR the changes it’s making to try to meet the new data protection standard — and steer away from the specter of fines that can scale as high as 4% of a company’s global turnover. Today it’s […]

WTF is GDPR?

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European Union lawmakers proposed a comprehensive update to the bloc’s data protection and privacy rules in 2012. Their aim: To take account of seismic shifts in the handling of information wrought by the rise of the digital economy in the years since the prior regime was penned — all the way back in 1995 when Yahoo was […]

UK’s Carphone Warehouse fined nearly $540k for 2015 hack

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The UK’s data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine — just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue — for security failings attached to a 2015 hack that compromised the personal data of some three million customers and 1,000 employees. Compromised customer data included: Names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of […]

Concerns raised over new ethics regime for UK public sector data processing

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Concerns have been raised about a set of late stage government amendments inserted into the UK’s draft data protection bill. The clauses deal with the processing of public sector data. Health data privacy advocacy group MedConfidential believes ministers are trying to sneak in a data protection law carveout, in order to hand politicians the power […]

The light and dark of AI-powered smartphones

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Analyst Gartner put out a 10-strong listicle this week identifying what it dubbed “high-impact” uses for AI-powered features on smartphones that it suggests will enable device vendors to provide “more value” to customers via the medium of “more advanced” user experiences. It’s also predicting that, by 2022, a full 80 per cent of smartphones shipped […]

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