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Twitter bug is a reminder that your data is vulnerable

This morning Twitter users opened their accounts to find a prompt asking them to change their password because of a bug in the system. Twitter Inc. is definitely not the only company to have a data protection incident this year, here are a few others.

Is it time for European businesses to learn to love GDPR?

According to a new review, instead of being something to worry about, the European GDPR provides new opportunities for businesses to keep customers happy, improve brands, and to improve business analysis.

Current privacy practices will work in an autonomous world

For those developing autonomous and connected technology, and who see considerable value in collecting and analyzing data, a new approach might be needed if consumers are to continue to ‘buy into’ their personal data being used for such purposes.

Consumers 'keenly aware' of data breaches, will boycott services

Almost 70% of consumers would refuse to use a company with poor data protection standards, according to new research. Inadequate data protection could severely impact a company's reputation. 55% of consumers would avoid firms with historical incidents.

European business needs to get smart about data protection

Businesses operating within the European Union need to make a number of changes in order to meet a new data protection regulation coming into effect on May 25, 2018.

How Algebraix Data aims to give consumers their data rights back Special

Algebraix Data is a company that is taking on Internet giants like Facebook, with the aim of giving consumers their data rights back. Digital Journal caught up with Charlie Silver, CEO of Algebraix Data.

Interview: Protecting intellectual property with blockchain Special

A new blockchain based technology allows creators to protect their intellectual property and prove that it's theirs. According to co-founder Eric Klein, the platform even aims to replace lawyers in the future.

Google says it's 'committed' to keeping data 'safe and private'

Google has detailed how it intends to make its services compliant with Europe's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy rules. The company said it is "committed" to ensuring its products meet the guidelines and offer safety assurances.

Microsoft: Windows 10 users 'positive' about privacy changes

Windows 10 users have been "positive" about privacy improvements made with the recent Creators Update. Microsoft said that feedback suggests its customers are now pleased with the options available but it recognised there's "still work to do."

Op-Ed: ECJ safeguards EU citizens’ rights with Safe Harbor ruling

Luxembourg - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has taken another step towards strengthening the European Union and helping to ensure the European integration will leave a lasting legacy, with its recent ruling that invalidates the transatlantic Safe Harbor clause.

Op-Ed: It'll come as no surprise U.S. privacy confidence is at a new low

Last month I entered a bank to enquire about a new savings account it was offering. A staff member at the bank arranged a meeting, took my mobile phone number and name. Within a day my phone was hot with cold callers.

European data protection agencies take aim at Google over privacy

Internet giant Google has once again come to the attention of data protection authorities across Europe as six European countries launched concerted action against Google yesterday claiming that Google had done nothing to meet privacy concerns.

Austrian politician snapped having sex in forest

An unnamed Austrian politician who was snapped by an automated concealed wildlife camera whilst having sex in a forest, stands to profit by $25,000 if a court decides his privacy was violated.

Op-Ed: Police state UK/police state USA

Big Brother and his servants are at it again, now they want to 'swipe' your mobile phones in order to protect us from criminals. Except the ones in uniform, of course.

Op-Ed: The truth about Data Protection — Jobs for the boys? Special

One of the things David Cameron promised the people of Britain was a bonfire of the quangos. He hasn't made much progress, but one office he might consider shutting down or at least scaling down is that of Information Commissioner.

German supreme court protects privacy after 35,000 complaints

Karlsruhe - Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has overruled a law that let authorities retain data on telephone calls and e-mails. 35,00 Germans had previously complained about the unwarranted intrusion into their personal privacy .

New Targeted Ad Service Comes Under Fire, Accused of Collecting Personal Info

A new service soon to be deployed by several British Internet providers has run into controversy for targeting Web advertising based on a users' surfing habits. A technology policy group warns Phorm's system violates data protection laws.
 

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