Category: Privacy

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Twitter privacy breach
October 10, 2019

Twitter has apologised after misusing personal data for advertising purposes. Twitter said that it “unintentionally” used phone numbers and email addresses for advertising purposes even though the information was provided by users for two-factor authentication. No personal data was shared with the company’s third-party partners and said the “issue that allowed this to occur” has been addressed. Twitter added that phone numbers...

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The future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
October 7, 2019

The Privacy Shield has been criticised for failing to provide adequate protection for EU individuals' data. This is the regulatory framework that American companies are guided by to transfer data to and from the EU. It is a voluntary mechanism that US companies can use to legally send and receive data from the EU. Businesses are strongly advised to sign up to the Privacy Shield, particularly if they plan to expand into Europe in the...

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iPhone users may get compensation from Google over alleged data snooping
October 3, 2019

More than four million iPhone users may be due a £750 pay-out from Google, after it lost a landmark case at the Court of Appeal. The litigation is being brought by campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by former Which? director Mr Lloyd. The group hopes to win at least £1billion in compensation for an estimated 4.4million users of the device in the UK. Mr Lloyd alleges that Google cookies - small computer text files - collected data on...

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sues Mail on Sunday over breach of GDPR
October 2, 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday newspaper after they published a handwritten letter she’d sent to her estranged father. A statement was issued on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official website and she started proceedings in the high court over the misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her husband Prince Harry spoke candidly about how...

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Amazon promotes baby monitors that let hackers spy on children
October 1, 2019

Home security cameras promoted and sold by Amazon come with “huge” security flaws, according to a new report. Worryingly, thousands of children are at risk as the Chinese made cameras are often marketed as baby monitors, according to a new report by Which? The devices claim to provide safety for families and their babies, but instead, they could be potentially exposing them to danger. The connection between the cameras and the...

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Consumers switch off after data breach
September 30, 2019

In the UK, 44% of consumers claim they will stop spending with a business for several months in the immediate aftermath of a security breach? And 41% of consumers claim they will never return to a business post-breach? This could cause huge revenue losses for companies (Research by PCI Pal) Consumers are beginning to realise that they too could fall victim of data breaches. With the rise of cybercrime, more people than ever before are being...

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Landmark ruling restricts online privacy law
September 25, 2019

The European Court of Justice has limited the reach of the privacy law known as “the right to be forgotten”. The court has ruled that the online right does not extend beyond the borders of the European Union. The landmark ruling will restrict people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet. This will also have severe implications for the regulation of the internet. European Union The court...

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British Airways data hack victims in-line for pay-outs
September 16, 2019

More than half a million British Airways data hack victims could be in line for pay-outs as the airline launches its own class action lawsuit. However, according to lawyers, the airline has been accused of "swerving responsibility" by trying to limit compensation pay-outs for victims. They have imposed a strict 17-week time limit for claimants to join which critics claim is a bid to reduce the £3 billion pay-out. Up to 600,000 customers...

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Top U.S. executives call for an America-wide privacy law
September 13, 2019

CEO’s of some of America’s biggest data-using companies have urged U.S. lawmakers to implement a national data privacy law. The 51 executives say this will protect their businesses from state privacy laws and defend consumer privacy. The bosses signed an open letter from the trade group Business Roundtable, that was sent to Congressional leaders. Business leaders joined forces to make the request from companies such as Amazon,...

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Personal health data shared with Facebook
September 12, 2019

Intimate personal health data is being shared with Facebook, according to a study from Privacy International (PI). PI studied a range of period-tracking apps to see exactly what information was shared with the social network.It included sensitive details such as what contraception was used, when periods were due, and the type of symptoms experienced. Since the findings were revealed, one app said it was changing its privacy...

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