FaceApp privacy should be investigated by FBI, US Senator says

A politician in the US has asked FBI to look into the data privacy credentials of FaceApp, a popular new smartphone programme that alters users’ selfies to make them look younger or older. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has flagged up the trend, which has seen millions of madcap consumers share wizened versions of their […]

Ex motor industry worker to pay £25.5K from data theft proceeds

A motor industry employee who was sentenced to six months in prison in November 2018 for accessing personal data without permission, has been ordered to pay a £25,500 confiscation order in a case brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Following a hearing at Wood Green Crown Court, London on 15 July, the judge determined […]

Amazon prepared to give $10 to in exchange for users’ data

Amazon is offering $10 to US-based shoppers using Prime Day – the two-day marketing scheme which began at the start of the week. Participants in the deal agree to install Amazon Assistant, a price-comparison function that hooks onto to web browsers, enabling Amazon to track the websites that the customers visit, as well as elements […]

Amazon in Vestager antitrust probe

Online retail giant, Amazon is in the midst of an antitrust investigation spearheaded by the woman who took Apple and Google to court for billions. Reports reveal that EU competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager is about to initiate a major investigation into Amazon over the course of the next week. In 2018, Vestager described how her […]

IoT entrepreneur underlines critical nature of device security 

A tech chief has spoken out about the need for adequate data protection measures within IoT (Internet of Things) products, citing security as critical to winning consumer confidence.  Jamie Siminoff, the founder and principal inventor behind the smart doorbell manufacturer, Ring, feels that the company’s devices’ success hinges on privacy safeguards and the ability to […]

The Great Hack documentary arrives on Netflix this month

This summer sees the arrival of The Great Hack, a documentary exploring the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and how it lifts the mask on the dark arts of personal data processing. The scandal has its roots in the start of this decade, when an apparently innocuous personality quiz appeared on Facebook in which millions […]

Mid-market firms vulnerable to cyber-crime, study finds

Cyber-crime and security breaches cost Britain’s mid-market businesses at least £30 billion in the last year alone, a leading audit and accountancy firm says. Research conducted by Grant Thornton UK LLP reported that over half of interviewed companies (53%) said revenue had fallen by 3-10% in the wake of a data breach. The companies hit […]

Office 365 banned in German state schools due to privacy worries

Schools in Hesse, Germany will stop using Microsoft Office 365 because of a cyber-security risk which could lead to violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). According to reports, problems first started to arise when Microsoft took the decision to shut down its data centre in Germany in August 2018. The move increased users’ […]

Facebook hearings suggest cryptocurrency future for U.S. lawmakers

The U.S. governmental hearings on the new Facebook cryptocurrency will boost the crypto sector and underscores that digital currencies are now mainstream. This is the bullish assessment of CEO and founder of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, deVere Group. Nigel Green’s comments come as the social media giant prepares to defend […]