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No phone number needed for new Facebook 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.

Prilex malware clones chip-and-pin payment cards

Cybercriminals have developed an effective way to clone chip-and-pin cards, according to research from Kaspersky Lab. The Prilex campaign has been active for over three years and is designed to subvert the latest protections introduced by card companies.

Microsoft prepares more changes to Windows 10 privacy setup

Microsoft's announced it's redesigning Windows 10's privacy screens again. The company is iterating on the experience introduced with the Windows 10 Creators Update, claiming it wants to help consumers make more "focused choices" on the use of their data.

FedEx left customer passport scans on unsecured server

FedEx has admitted it left sensitive customer data on an unsecured server. Files including passport copies and driving licenses were available for public download for months. FedEx claimed there's no indication the files have been accessed maliciously.

Facebook's Onavo VPN service branded 'spyware' for tracking users

Facebook has updated its iOS app to include links to Onavo, a VPN service the company bought in 2013. The VPN has been branded "spyware" because it sends usage information back to Facebook. The company claims it offers "protection" while browsing online.

Microsoft to boost enterprise security of aging Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft is bringing one of Windows 10's headline enterprise features to Windows 7 and 8.1. Despite maintaining that businesses should upgrade to Windows 10 for maximum protection, Microsoft said it wants to help all customers improve security.

Amazon patches Key flaw that it dismissed as not 'real-life'

Amazon has rolled out an update for a security flaw in its Key smart lock which the company had claimed wasn't an issue. Amazon Key is a system which lets delivery drivers place parcels inside your home. The attack could let anyone through the door.

Consumer Reports discovers smart TVs vulnerable to trivial hacks

Popular smart TVs are vulnerable to simple hacks that can be used to obtain personal information or remotely control the device. The warning comes from Consumer Reports which found "unsophisticated" techniques can be used to extract "very detailed" data.

How companies boost internal digital security

The need for user accounts, passwords and answers to security questions is at an all-time high in companies given the multiple forms of digital access and information. A new report sets out ways for improved protection.

Interview: Secure shopping online made easy Special

Token is a mobile app that enables you to shop securely by disguising your payment details. To understand how this works, and the advantages for businesses and consumers, Digital Journal spoke with Zohar Steinberg.

Strava's fitness heatmap exposes global military bases

The Strava fitness tracking app has found itself embroiled in a military secrets controversy after updating its global heatmap of aggregate user data. The map shows the outlines of numerous military bases, which glow with the movements of people within.

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.

Microsoft to let Windows 10 users view their telemetry data

Microsoft's announced the next version of Windows 10 will include an app that lets you view the diagnostic data collected from your device. After facing criticism of its telemetry for years, Microsoft said it now wants to "increase trust" in its products.

Older banking users turn away from fintech due to lack of trust

The growing numbers of fintech services offering mobile and cloud-based payments are failing to convert older users. One study from Canada found Generation X-ers are over twice as likely to try a digital payments solution as baby boomers.
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