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Google keeps track of online purchases
June 24, 2019

Google is keeping a secret log of all your online shopping purchases. The log is compiled from receipts sent to your Gmail account. If you’ve had your email account for a long time then the list could stretch back years. Anyone who has done any online shopping and elected to receive an email receipt to your Gmail address, will be affected and the tech giant is noting it down in a secret list. Google, like Facebook, knows an immense amount...

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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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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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Cyber threat to WhatsApp users
June 24, 2019

WhatsApp users have been warned to update their app immediately after a shock cyber threat was discovered. The Facebook-owned firm issued a stark warning as the popular service, which is used by over 1.5 billion people, has been targeted by cyber criminals which could allow them to access and monitor your smartphones. Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on devices including iPhone and Android smartphones using a major...

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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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Uber faces legal action for GDPR non-compliance
June 24, 2019

Uber drivers are threatening to take legal action over claims the company has refused to disclose personal information it holds on them under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Four drivers claim the company is simply failing to comply with EU data disclosure obligations. They say the driver hailing app has failed to disclose the personal information that it holds on them and they are in breach of Article 15 of GDPR, which...

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Facebook heads towards a “privacy-focused” future
June 24, 2019

There have been some changes to Facebook’s flagship app and desktop site this week with a major redesign of the style and layout. This is because the world’s largest social network now wants to encourage its users to communicate in groups rather than individual public posts in a bid to shift towards a “privacy-focused” future. The design changes will push people toward smaller group conversations and real-world meetups — and away from...

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Web giant admits Alexa IS listening
June 24, 2019

Tech giant Amazon recently admitted that staff are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings from Alexa to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech. They are listening to, transcribing and even joking about the private conversations customers have with Alexa on their smart speakers. The shocking admission yet again raises the ethical issue over the future of AI smart assistants in the home. How exactly...

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Rape victims told to hand over phones or risk cases being dropped
June 24, 2019

Privacy campaigners have spoken out over controversial plans where rape victims could soon be forced to hand over their mobile phones to police or risk their attacker walking free. If victims do not allow police to access their messages, photos emails and social media accounts then prosecutions may not go ahead. The Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) has expressed ‘serious concerns’ over what it calls ‘excessive disclosure requests’...

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What happens to your digital data when you die?
June 24, 2019

What can we do to keep control of our data after we’re gone? Social media is turning into a giant graveyard and ‘Digital Death’ is one of the biggest challenges facing the tech community. Several ethical and logistical problems arise when a loved one dies, including should their social media sites be preserved or shut down and crucially, where exactly does all their personal data go? Psychologist and author Dr Elaine Kasket from...

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