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GDPR fines topped €1 billion last year

European data protection rules are growing stricter – and more companies are falling foul of them. When the European Union’s...
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BlackVue dash cameras let you track other users; the company says it's a feature, not a bug

Cybersecurity researcher Andy Gill has discovered that BlackVue dashboard cameras publicly broadcast your exact GPS location from inside your car....
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Privacy in the metaverse: dead on arrival?

With the arrival of the metaverse, things are bound to become very complicated. And that makes privacy experts worried. Mark...
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Is Small Data the key to success in a privacy-centric world?

The tired approach of targeted ads based on a user's browsing history is beginning to look dated, creepy, and leaving...
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Online privacy trends for 2022: Cookie death, zero-copy integration, and AI-powered bossware

In the wake of unprecedented changes in 2021, experts offer their takes on how the online privacy landscape will evolve...
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Saudi activist sues spyware maker DarkMatter, former US spies over hacking

Loujain al-Hathloul, a Saudi activist who fought to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, is suing the...
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70 countries have restricted social media in the last six years

In 2021 so far, 18 politically-driven internet outages by governments have been recorded across the world. Internet shutdowns and limited...
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If China were to spy on the US military on TikTok: three different defense scenarios

TikTok's ownership remains a pressing issue for the US. What if China were to use this popular short-video app to...
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Here’s where VPN usage has surged in the last 18 months

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From covid to challenges to democracy, plenty is changing around the world – and VPNs are needed. The last 18...
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Smart clothing: should you be worried about your privacy?

Tiny sensors in your clothes have the potential to unlock revealing insights about your health and wellbeing. But who owns...
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Using Facebook or Google to sign in? Think twice

Single sign-on is a convenient option to sign in to food delivery apps or an e-shop, keeping in mind we...
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Should former spies work on privacy products?

Can a killer skillset outweigh the potential reputational damage of hiring a fox to guard the henhouse?
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WhatsApp finally offers encrypted backups

Having unencrypted cloud backups had been a major privacy and security issue for WhatsApp. Thankfully, the latest version of the...
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Facebook smart glasses: a privacy nightmare waiting to come true

Before proclaiming that Facebook's smart glasses just ushered in the next generation of wearable tech, let’s take a step back...
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Privacy policies are incomprehensible to most underage users

The UK’s Children’s Code highlights the issue for younger people. On September 2, the UK’s Children’s Code, formerly the Age...
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Smart cars vs. privacy: a driverless car could generate 100 GB of data per second

Fully autonomous vehicles might never come to much, but many of the privacy issues they raise are as salient today...
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The 'shame game': how sextortion scammers prey on victims' fears

The digital age has made meeting new people easier than ever. It should come as no surprise that an online...
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Your favourite streaming service isn’t as safe as you’d think

Privacy practices among streaming platforms are poor, find Common Sense Media. They’re used by hundreds of millions of us worldwide...
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Apple's iCloud photo scanning: a stepping stone to greater surveillance?

For years, Apple was seen by its customers as a bastion of privacy, trying to set its premium products apart...
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The new platform that helps people recover from digital rights violations

In our digital age, many people regard access to the internet to be comparable to access to water. But sometimes,...
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