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Is Bitcoin too much of a privacy risk?
June 24, 2019

Bitcoin is the internet’s version of money. These are pieces of unique digital money that can be transferred from one person to another. The coins are generated using an open-source computer program to solve complex math problems which is called mining. Each coin is defined by a public address and has its own fingerprint and a private key or a string of numbers and letters that give each a specific identity. The private key is essentially...

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Govt delays plans for online porn block 'privacy time-bomb'
June 24, 2019

There has been a huge surge in Google searches about VPN’s, ever since the government announced plans to check ID’s for access to porn sites. The ban on instant access to well-known porn sites such as Pornhub has been slammed by campaigners who fear it’s a privacy nightmare. There are concerns that the age-verification system could present a juicy target for hackers looking for blackmail material or to steal personal data. The...

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MI5 spy agency has been holding on to your personal data for years.
June 24, 2019

The British intelligence agency MI5 been unlawfully retaining innocent people’s data for years. At a judicial review of the spy agency’s activities, lawyers for privacy watchdog group Liberty said that MI5 had acknowledged internally that data was being mishandled. The spy agency did not store data correctly and kept it for too long. The intelligence services have long been known to store vast quantities of data. Snoopers’...

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How easy is it to remove online personal data?
June 24, 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives individuals the right to ask for their data to be deleted and organisations do have an obligation to do so, except in the following cases: the personal data your company/organisation holds is needed to exercise the right of freedom of expression;there is a legal obligation to keep that data;for reasons of public interest (for example public health, scientific, statistical or...

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Facebook ordered to hand over data records
June 24, 2019

A U.S. judge has ordered Facebook to turn over internal records regarding data privacy and access to user data. The directive is part of an ongoing Federal Trade Commission investigation into the social network's privacy practices. The ruling in the state of Delaware involves an investor lawsuit seeking company records to investigate potential wrongdoing and mismanagement by Facebook directors regarding data privacy breaches. Cambridge...

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Facial recognition technology – a threat to privacy?
June 24, 2019

San Francisco has become the first U.S city to ban the use of facial recognition technology (FRT). The system is a method of identifying or verifying the identity of an individual using their face.  It can be used to identify people in photos, video, or in real-time. Campaigners say this is a victory for civil rights, privacy and the rule of law and the authorities have taken a stand that we all have a basic right to anonymity and...

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Royals forced to quit their home after privacy and data breach
June 24, 2019

Prince Harry has accepted "substantial damages" and an apology from Splash News and Picture Agency in the High Court after the media outlet used a helicopter to take photos of the Cotswolds home he shared with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The couple were forced to leave their home after the photos were published in newspapers including The Times. Splash chartered a helicopter in January to take images of the couple's private home. which...

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Google privacy tech hub plan for Germany
June 24, 2019

A new European centre to tackle data privacy will be opened by Google in Germany. The Safety Engineering Centre based in Munich is the latest effort by the tech giant to deal with digital safety issues. A team of engineers will oversee the development of privacy features across all the company’s products. The tech giant  has also said it will launch the Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety initiative  to fund organizations...

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No excuses for non-payment of Data Protection Fees says ICO
June 24, 2019

UK organisations are required to pay the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) an annual data protection fee unless they are exempt. The fee payable depends on the tier of the organisation, and ranges from £40 to £2,900. Companies could also be fined a massive £4,350 if “aggravating factors” are present, and the funds thus recovered go not to the ICO, but to the Treasury. Organisations who process individuals’ data are required to...

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Security report warns data breaches are a “time bomb”
June 24, 2019

Verizon’s security expert Bryan Sartin said this week that he was "surprised" so little information about data breaches had shown up in public in the 12 months since GDPR came into force. The telecommunications company’s head of global security services told BBC News that "There's a time bomb around these breaches." The annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) collates information from more than 2,000 confirmed breaches that...

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