Oops! Google Did It Too! App Analysed People’s Traffic in Exchange For Gift Cards!

(TechCrunch.com, 30/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: It looks like Facebook was not the only one abusing Apple’s system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users.[…] Google has been running an app called Screenwise Meter, which bears a strong resemblance to the app distributed by Facebook Research that has… Read More

Facebook’s Spy App Emphasises Need For Better Kids Consent

(TechCrunch.com, 31/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: Facebook  could face fresh scrutiny in Europe following a TechCrunch reporton its use of a VPN app to monitor people’s smartphone activity — including teenagers as young as 13. […] If it turns out that European teens have been participating in the research effort Facebook could face another barrage… Read More

Oops! Facebook Did It Again! An App Analysed People’s Traffic in Exchange For Money

(TechCrunch.com, 29/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook  has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity […]   Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research… Read More

First GDPR Fine for Google From the French Data Protection Watchdog

(TechCrunch.com, 21/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: The CNIL,  the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding process. […]… Read More

Privacy Activists Filed Complaints to Major Streaming Companies

(The Verge, 18/01/2019) theverge.com reports: A series of complaints brought under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), filed by an Austrian privacy activist, accuse eight major streaming companies of failing to comply with European Union law. […] The latest challenges have been filed by the privacy group noyb, led by activist Max… Read More

Huge Database with Millions of Personal Data Left Unprotected for Months

(TechCrunch, 15/01/2019) techcrunch.com reports: An unprotected and exposed server storing millions of call logs and text messages has been found by a security researcher. […] Back in November, another telecoms company, Voxox, exposed a database containing millions of text messages — including password resets and two-factor codes. This time around, it’s a… Read More

Data Security Incidents Reported by the Education Sector Increased After GDPR Introduction

(Schools Week, 15/12/2018) schoolsweek.co.uk reports: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reported a rise in reports of disclosure issues – where sensitive information is inadvertently shared – and cyber-attacks between July and September this year. […] Common disclosure issues include the loss or theft of paperwork or data, information accidentally… Read More

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