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Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Windows 10 data collection found to violate privacy laws

A report from the Netherlands has found Windows 10 breaches data protection laws by collecting personal information without letting users explicitly choose settings. Microsoft has said it is assessing the case, claiming privacy compliance is "a priority."

Facebook states its commitment to stamping out 'all' hate speech

Facebook has explained how it responds to and removes hate speech while moderating its network. The company outlined how it defines hate speech and treads the fine line between thwarting abuse and censoring the right to free speech.

Tech companies unite in new global forum against online terrorism

Four of the largest technology companies have announced they're joining together in a coalition to stamp out online terrorism. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are the founding members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.

Facebook announces profile picture changes to help you stay safe

Facebook has announced a set of new safety features related to profile pictures that are designed to give users peace of mind over how their images are used. The options are based on feedback from Indian users and are currently limited to the country.

Noiszy interview: How a browser plugin masks your digital tracks Special

Noiszy is a new browser plugin that masks your tracks with digital noise. It's one of a new breed of tools that let you resist online tracking and break the filter bubble. In this interview, its creator speaks to Digital Journal about the need for Noiszy.

Amazon launches new FreeTime tools to help children online

Amazon has announced the launch of a new service built to give parents the confidence that their children are staying safe online. The company's new Parents Dashboard simplifies monitoring a child's Internet activity, showing what devices are used for.

Twitter tests new chatbot to handle support requests

Twitter is testing a new chatbot that will take responsibility for basic customer service exchanges, handling your feature requests and responding to complaints. The development comes as Twitter tries to make its platform a safer place.

Facebook uses photo-matching tech to address revenge porn issue

Facebook has announced a new community management tool that's meant to stop revenge porn spreading across its network. A photo-matching system will detect when an intimate image is being uploaded without permission and report the event.

Instagram finally turns on two-factor authentication

Instagram has announced a series of changes to its app designed to improve security, privacy and safeguarding on its platform. It now blurs sensitive images by default and offers advice on staying safe. Among the new features is two-factor authentication.

New crowdfunded device lets you protect your children online

A new device launching in the U.K. today aims to tackle children's online safety by giving parents full control over how the internet is used. iKydz, funded on Kickstarter, creates a special Wi-Fi network for children that limits how they use the web.

Review: New product eSafely aims to make this summer an eSafe one Special

eSafely.com's browser based parental controls tool offers an elegant solution to fill the holes in online protection offered by typical parental controls. Keeps kids safer on Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Web Search.

Microsoft rolls out online safety initiative

Microsoft is launching a new educational campaign to help parents take control of the games and other content their children consume, using its Xbox 360 video game console.
 

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