Category: Technology

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Privacy threat from new phone hacking tool
June 24, 2019

A new device has been developed that can allegedly unlock and extract data from new hi-tech Smartphones and iPads. The new gizmo has been developed for the police and intelligent agencies by the Israeli forensic and data extraction firm Cellebright. It means that secretive agencies such as MI5 and the FBI will be able to access privacy data from both Android and iOS handsets. In advertising the new tool, the company claimed that the device...

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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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Tech giant Microsoft deletes facial recognition database
June 24, 2019

Microsoft has deleted a facial recognition training database with 10 million images of 100,000 people amid speculation that it could have allegedly breached GDPR laws. As privacy and ethical concerns continue to spiral with the increased use of facial recognition technology, the huge collection of images was pulled by the tech giant after an investigation by the Financial Times. The Microsoft database in question was used to train other facial...

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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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Apple unveils new web login privacy feature
June 24, 2019

Apple has unveiled a new login service, which will restrict advertiser’s access to consumer data. When the iOS 13 upgrade is introduced, users will be able to quickly access apps and websites using the Sign-in with Apple feature. The new privacy-enhancing element was unveiled at this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California. The feature offers users the option to hide their email address and instead be given a unique,...

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Digital tech firms head to Basingstoke
June 24, 2019

Basingstoke has been named as one of the top locations in the UK for investment in digital tech companies. With deals worth more than £425 million between 2015 and 2018, the town’s commitment to promoting emerging tech has paid off. The town is the fourth best place for investment, just behind London, Cambridge and Abingdon. M3 corridor With its proximity to the fast-growing M3 tech corridor, Basingstoke is ideally situated...

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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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iPhone harvests your personal data while you sleep
June 24, 2019

Popular iOS phone apps are using hidden trackers to collect emails, IP addresses and other personal information without consent while the phone isn’t being used overnight. An experiment by The Washington Post discovered that more than 5,400 app trackers were sending data from a device they hooked up to monitoring software to third parties like Spotify, Nike, Yelp and even the Washington Post's very own application contained trackers that took a...

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How safe is personal data saved in our car’s computer systems?
June 24, 2019

Most cars these days are kitted out with sophisticated, high tech computer systems. They are intuitive enough to keep detailed logs of personal information including our contacts, journey’s and home addresses. Worryingly, personal data stored in your car's computer software could be stolen after it has been written off. This is all precious information that could easily be accessed by hackers if your vehicle is involved in an accident and must...

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Credit scores used to tailor ads from Facebook data
June 24, 2019

A new report out raises fresh questions over Facebook’s data-sharing deals.  According to The Intercept, advertisers are able to use Facebook-provided data to target ads based on a user’s credit score. Worryingly, there are claims that Facebook may be trying to boost ad sales by handing over user data. It is also claimed Facebook has helped at least one company direct its ads at users based on their presumed credit rating. The...

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