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Why California's data privacy law is set for U.S. roll out: Q&A Special

The U.S. state of California has agreed to implement a new data privacy law, along the lines of a new regulation recently enacted in Europe. Could this be the trigger for a U.S.-wide roll-out? We talk with data privacy expert John Tsopanis, of 1touch.io.

What the California Consumer Privacy Act means for business: Q&A Special

There are some big implications arising from the recently-passed California Consumer Privacy Act, AB 375. Although they may not realize it yet, every technology and Fortune 500 company in America is going to be affected. A leading analyst explains why.

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies: report

Washington - Facebook has suspended a Boston analytics firm from its site and says it is investigating whether the company's contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Big tech firms agree on 'data portability' plan

San Francisco - Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter unveiled plans Friday to make it easier for users to take their personal data and leave one online service for another.

Q&A: What Snap's plans to launch APIs means Special

Snap announced plans to launch APIs, but the company won’t share much of its user data with developers. What is the significance of this move? Patric Palm, CEO and co-founder of Favro explains.

Google and Facebook accused of using 'dark patterns'

Facebook, Google and Microsoft direct users away from selecting privacy-friendly options, according to a new report. Recommendations are made to make selecting stronger privacy setting easier.

Facebook gave user data to 60 companies including Apple, Amazon

Facebook has had data-sharing agreements with at least 60 device makers, including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft, many of which still exist.

Canadian researchers develop privacy filter for photos

Toronto - Researchers have developed an algorithm that protects users' privacy through a process that dynamically disrupts the types of facial recognition tools designed to identify faces in photographs.

Researchers create photo filter that disables facial recognition

AI researchers from University of Toronto Engineering have created a 'privacy filter' that "disrupts" facial recognition software.

Complaint: Facebook pressured users to agree to privacy policy

A complaint filed by the European Center for Digital Rights, on behalf of an anonymous complainant, against Facebook Ireland Ltd. et al alleges the company used pressure tactics to get people to accept its privacy policy, in violation of the GDPR.

Alexa spies on couple in house

Portland - A couple in Portland, Oregon have discovered that Amazon's Alexa listened in, recorded and then posted a recording of a private conversation. Amazon has been accused of flouting data privacy.

Facebook and Google at top of GDPR complaints list

One day into the new European data privacy law - GDPR - and several hundred data privacy complaints have been logged. Topping the list are Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Heightened debate in US as EU privacy rules take effect

Washington - Amid a global scramble to comply with new EU data protections laws, the debate on privacy has intensified in the United States with some calling for similar measures for Americans, and others warning the rules could fracture the global internet.

Facebook changes two-factor authentication

Facebook has changed how the two-factor authentication process works — now users don't need to use their phone numbers and can use an authenticator app instead.

Still worried about GDPR? Expert provides advice Special

The GDPR aims to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business. This carries risks and benefits for businesses; moreover, all businesses need to consider data privacy.

As EU privacy law looms, debate swirls on cybersecurity impact

Washington - Days ahead of the implementation of a sweeping European privacy law, debate is swirling on whether the measure will have negative consequences for cybersecurity.

Zuckerberg to answer European MPs' questions behind closed doors

Brussels - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to answer the questions of European parliamentarians about the impact Facebook has on the privacy of European citizens.

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.

Op-Ed: All’s fair in love and privacy wars

As reports from the first quarter have shown, Facebook hasn’t lost any steam from its recent Cambridge Analytica debacle.

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.

AI tool for GDPR compliance

A new artificial intelligence solution has been developed to help companies keep control over the requirement of the forthcoming European GDPR regulation. The software is called the MinerEye Data Tracker.

EU parliament demands Zuckerberg answer questions in person

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appear in person to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, rejecting his offer to send a more junior executive in his place.

Facebook rolling out privacy choices under EU rules

Menlo Park - Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first.

Google loses the 'right to be forgotten' case

London - An unnamed businessman has won a battle in the U.K. courts against Google over the 'right to be forgotten' in relation to mentions on the world's biggest search engine.

Privacy concerns for living in the smart city Special

Michael Fauscette, from G2 Crowd, has raised concerns about the privacy issues of ambient intelligence in the growing smart cities. What does privacy mean in a city where our location, our actions, even our intentions are being tracked and recorded?

1.5 bn sensitive documents on open internet: researchers

Washington - Some 1.5 billion sensitive online files, from pay stubs to medical scans to patent applications, are visible on the open internet, security researchers said Thursday.

Growth of facial recognition software in China

Of all the counties in the word, China appears to be making the greatest use of facial recognition software, both in the public and private spheres. A new report charts the growth of image scanning systems that aim to improve security.

Facebook faces 'Oppenheimer moment' over Trump scandal

Paris - Facebook and psychologists who have worked with it are grappling with their "Oppenheimer moment", experts say, over revelations that its data may have been used to help elect US President Donald Trump.

Vivaldi makes private browsing more private with DuckDuckGo

The desktop browser app Vivaldi has announced a new collaboration with DuckDuckGo to improve privacy for users. DuckDuckGo will now be used as the default search engine in Vivaldi's private browsing windows, which will help to keep search data secured.

Mozilla withdraws its ads from Facebook because of data scandal

Mozilla has announced it is suspending its Facebook ads in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The company has also launched a petition that calls on Facebook to implement stricter default privacy settings to help users stay secure.
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