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Facebook to tighten up on data protection

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Embattled Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to adopt many of the privacy protection measures in the EU’s imminent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In the wake of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerburg is under pressure to make Facebook’s user data more secure. The introduction of GDPR on May… Read more »

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Tech companies fall foul of the Irish regulator

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A number of US tech companies have established European HQs in Ireland, due to the Emerald Isle’s favourable tax regime. However, Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon is not allowing them carte blanche. WhatsApp has incurred the DPC’s wrath for failing to deliver on its pledge to discontinue user data… Read more »

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Russian hackers try to rig British votes

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Widely believed to have meddled in the US Presidential election, it now seems likely that Russian actors interfered with the Brexit vote and this year’s snap General Election in June as well. According to the head of National Cyber Security Centre (the subdivision of GCHQ launched in October 2016 to… Read more »

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EU ups the ante on IoT security

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The Internet of Things may be a wonderful idea in theory, but as we all know by now, it does have a number of flaws – lack of security regulation being one of them. It was bound to happen at some point, but ‘IoT’ has now fallen foul of the… Read more »

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Uncle Sam is watching EU

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A new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement will once again grant American tech companies legal cover to transfer data from the EU to their servers in the US. This replaces the previous Safe Harbour privacy agreement, in force since 2000, which regulated how US companies handled data of EU citizens – but… Read more »

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New EU regulations offer greater data protection

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Significant changes lie ahead following a vote by the European Parliament to approve the General Data Protection Regulations. These new rules will come into effect in the summer. A revision of Data Protection legislation has been long overdue as the current regulatory framework came into being at a time when… Read more »

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Facebook facial recognition function under fire

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Facebook’s new(ish) tool to help speed up the tedious process of “tagging” photos has recently come under attack by the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (DPA). The facial recognition software is said to be in violation of German and EU privacy laws as it harvests biometric data. Facebook says that it… Read more »

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