Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

Police trialled facial recognition tech without clearance

New Zealand Police first contacted the firm in January, and later set up a trial of the software, according to documents RNZ obtained under the Official Information Act. However, the high tech crime unit handling the technology appears to have not sought the necessary clearance before using it.

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below.

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Image copyright Getty Images Australia's privacy regulator is taking Facebook to court over the Cambridge Analytica scandal."Facebook failed to take reasonable steps to protect those individuals' personal information from unauthorised disclosure," the Australian commissioner's office said.

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

Australia could implement mandatory age verification for pornography websites

A House of Representatives committee issued a report on Thursday calling for the e-safety commissioner to develop a roadmap for bringing in mandatory age verification for online pornography sites in the next 12 months.

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

Automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, says EU digital chief

The EU’s digital and competition chief has said that automated facial recognition breaches GDPR, as the technology fails to meet the regulation’s requirement for consent.Vestager told reporters that the Commission will further investigate automated facial recognition before introducing legislation, allowing member states to make their own domestic decisions in the meantime.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

LONDON (AP) - Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator.

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Revealed: betting firms use schools data on 28m children

Betting companies have been given access to an educational database containing names, ages and addresses of 28 million children and students in one of the biggest breaches of government data.

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers.LifeLabs said that its investigation so far indicates that the accessed test results were from 2016 or earlier and belonged to about 85,000 customers.

Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

"The ICO has stated that it has not discovered evidence that the data of Facebook users in the EU was transferred to Cambridge Analytica," he added.The ICO argued that Facebook did not do enough to protect users' information.

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's 'secret web tracking pages' explained

Google's advertising system is present on 8.4 million websites and increasingly it relies on a system known as real-time bidding (RTB), a type of online advertising that allows all the details of what people are doing online to be auctioned in real time in order to serve them targeted adverts.

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

UK biometrics commissioner Prof Paul Wiles has called for the government to take action over the use of facial recognition technology by the private sector as well as by law enforcement.

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

"Other providers of speech assistance systems, such as Apple or Amazon, are invited to also swiftly review the implementation of appropriate measures," Caspar's office said.

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

The suspension was prompted by a report in the Guardian last week that revealed the company’s contractors “regularly” hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks

This time around, the Hessian commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal.

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

The ICO issued a preliminary enforcement notice to HMRC on April 4, 2019 stating the Information Commissioner’s initial decision to compel the department to delete all biometric data held under the Voice ID system for which it does not have explicit consent.

Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

Canada's federal privacy watchdog plans to take Facebook to court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting Canadians' personal information.

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

'Save the Internet Act of 2019' Aims to Restore Net Neutrality

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced companions bills aimed at reinstating the Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibited broadband providers from blocking or throttling websites or offering preferred businesses higher-quality service for additional fees.

Facebook asked George Osborne to influence EU data protection law

Facebook asked George Osborne to influence EU data protection law

When former chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne revealed his 11-year-old was “desperate to have a Facebook account”, he was invited to bring them to visit the firm's office The memo records Sandberg’s meeting with Osborne, as documented by Marne Levine, then Facebook’s vice-president of global public policy.

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

First Facebook investigation to be completed by summer: regulator

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union expects to conclude the first of seven investigations into the company’s use of personal data this summer and the remainder by the end of the year, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner said on Thursday.

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Uber fined £385,000 for data breach affecting millions of passengers

Uber’s European operation has been fined £385,000 for a data breach that affected almost 3 million British users, the Information Commissioner’s Office has announced.

LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising

LinkedIn processed 18 million email addresses of non-users for targeted advertising

The Data Protection Commissioner conducted an audit of the multinational LinkedIn Ireland, home to the company’s EU headquarters, after it became concerned with “systemic” issues in relation to how the company was processing the personal data of people who were not members of the network.

Your mall is watching you

Your mall is watching you

“We never felt at ease with that because it could be used for discrimination.” The general manager of Saskatoon’s Centre Mall, David Bubnick, says via email that the aggregated information helps “identify visitor trends, which helps us determine our retail mix and offer new retailers and services to suit the community.” A Cineplex Digital Media spokesperson echoed the reassurance, adding “there is no personal identification, no pictures stored and no tracking or profiling of individuals.”

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect users' data

If the breaches had taken place under tnew GDPR legislation then the information commissioner would be able to fine Facebook a maximum of either £17m or 4% of global turnover, whichever is the higher amount.

Dulles Airport Surprises Passengers with Facial-Recognition Boarding

Dulles Airport Surprises Passengers with Facial-Recognition Boarding

Some international travelers can leave their boarding passes and passports in their pockets when flying out of Dulles International Airport thanks to a new facial recognition boarding technology that went into operation Thursday.