Facebook $5 billion US government fine for data privacy violations

The US government has hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine for years of data privacy violations that have “deceived” and “undermined” user choices, the Washington Post reports. The famous social network will also have to allow federal eyes on its future business dealings. The ruling follows a 16-month investigation conducted by the Federal Trade […]

Sky cyber-security fears leads to password reset for customers

Customers of Sky broadband packages are being encouraged to reset and change their passwords, reports reveal. The prompts come within a broader security crackdown, as the media giant bids to mitigate risk against cyber-criminals. A number of customers have now received emails holding links to enable the password reset to take place. “We take the […]

Google to launch Project Strobe in the autumn

On 15th October 2019, Google will launch Project Strobe as part of its bid to stop Chrome extensions from harvesting users’ personal data, reports reveal. The development falls within wider efforts among big tech firms to place bigger protections on users’ personal information and to give more priority to cyber-security. Under Project Strobe, software developers […]

Interview: Behind The Great Hack, with David Carroll

Released this summer on Netflix, The Great Hack is a documentary that explores the murky data-sharing relationship between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. To briefly recap, in 2014, the private data of up to 87 million Facebook users fell into the hands of UK-based Cambridge Analytica, a data intelligence company, or “full-service propaganda machine” if you […]

Facebook yet to speak to Swiss regulator over Libra launch

The Swiss agency charged with monitoring data privacy standards of the social media platforms’ newly-launched Libra cryptocurrency has not yet been contacted by Facebook, reports say. According to CNMC, head of communication at the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Hugo Wyler, said: “We have taken note of the statements made by David Marcus, […]

Estate agency in London issued ICO fine under Data Protection Act

An estate agency in London has received a fine notice of £80,000 following a data breach that compromised the confidential information of thousands of its customers. Life at Parliament View Ltd (LPVL) was handed the financial penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office for the security downfall that saw the private data of 18,610 customers exposed […]

How US companies can start to prepare for a new era in data privacy regulation

A year has passed since tech firm, Teemo became the first company to fall foul of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), when it received a stern letter from French regulators CNIL. As reported by AdAge, the Paris-based company’s CEO, Benoit Grouchko, remebers: “It was by far the hardest time in our company because […]