Facebook wants you to allow facial recognition, but what does it mean for you?
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Facebook wants you to allow facial recognition, but what does it mean for you?

Ahead of the roll out of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) across the UK and Europe, Facebook is revising its privacy consents and it needs you to act. But before you press the accept button, think about what you are signing up to. I joined BBC World to discuss what Facebook’s changes mean to … Continue reading

Facebook introduces ‘privacy principles’. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
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Facebook introduces ‘privacy principles’. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Facebook has introduced for the first time a list of ‘Privacy Principles’ ahead of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into effect across Europe. From 25 May 2018, the GDPR will give consumers greater access to and control over how their data is collected, used and shared. Companies will also be required to report data breaches within 72 hours and allow … Continue reading

Brief respite for businesses following Safe Harbour ruling
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Brief respite for businesses following Safe Harbour ruling

The landmark judgment of the European Court of Justice invalidating the Safe Harbour agreement with the United States will have a broad impact on business, but don’t expect any immediate action. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has confirmed that it will give companies time to get new data transfer agreements in place, … Continue reading

Yahoo faces U.S. privacy class action
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Yahoo faces U.S. privacy class action

U.S. tech company Yahoo Inc is to face a class-action lawsuit in America.  It is accused of illegally intercepting emails sent to Yahoo Mail accounts from non-Yahoo Mail users and using the content to focus advertising and boost revenue. Yahoo is accused of copying and analysing non-Yahoo Mail users emails, including attachments, in order to create “targeted advertising” for an estimated … Continue reading

Huff Post Live interview: Facebook faces class action claim in Europe
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Huff Post Live interview: Facebook faces class action claim in Europe

A 25,000 member class action has been considered against Facebook by a court in Austria.  Following alleged breaches of EU privacy law, mass surveillance and involvement in the NSA’s Prism snooping programme, privacy campaigner Max Schrems has officially filed the complaint which is currently being considered.  A decision on whether the claim can succeed to a full consideration is … Continue reading

What can we learn from Sony’s hacking misfortune?
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What can we learn from Sony’s hacking misfortune?

Sony hit the headlines last year with the comedy film, The Interview, in which a TV reporting crew are enlisted to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.  This time, however, the risk of publicity overshadowing the James Franco and Seth Rogan film has been realised and, despite a boost from the news stories surrounding its release, … Continue reading

Terror threat fears force Police to steer clear of social media
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Terror threat fears force Police to steer clear of social media

More than 200,000 Police officers across the UK have been instructed to take extra care on social media sites because of fears that terrorists are monitoring online activities in preparation for an attack. As well as warnings to be vigilant on social media, the instruction also applies to offline activity.  A spokesperson has confirmed this … Continue reading