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Google fined $40M+ for misleading location tracking settings on Android

Google has been sanctioned A$60 million (around $40M+) in Australia over Android settings it had applied, dating back around five years, which were...

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Instagram faces big EU privacy decision on kids’ data within weeks

A final decision on a complaint against Instagram’s handling of children’s data in the European Union is set to land within weeks,...

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Facebook avoids a service shut down in Europe for now

Facebook has avoided the risk of being forced to shut its service down in Europe this summer as a result of the latest twist in a long-running data...

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Nightfall raises cash for its AI that detects sensitive data across apps

Nightfall AI, a startup developing a platform that uses AI to detect sensitive data across different collaboration apps, has raised $40M in fresh...

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DNSFilter acquires iOS firewall app Guardian to expand its web-based threat detection tech

Guardian will remain a standalone iOS app.

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WhatsApp is adding new privacy options, including screenshot blocking and a stealth mode

WhatsApp is introducing a small flurry of privacy-minded tweaks into the messaging app, the company announced on Tuesday. The Meta-owned globally...

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Hold-outs targeted in fresh batch of noyb GDPR cookie consent complaints

Just over a year after launching a major project targeting thousands of sites blatantly flouting cookie tracking rules in Europe, local privacy...

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Adtech giant Criteo faces $65M fine in France for GDPR consent breaches

In the latest blow to the creepy ‘tracking-ads’ complex, French adtech giant Criteo has been found in breach of European Union data...

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DuckDuckGo removes carve-out for Microsoft tracking scripts after securing policy change

A few months on from a tracking controversy hitting privacy-centric search veteran, DuckDuckGo, the company has announced it’s been able to...

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Tutanota cries antitrust foul over Microsoft Teams blocking sign-ups for its email users

Microsoft is being called out for blocking users of the end-to-end encrypted email service, Tutanota, from registering an account with its...

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Footprint wants to change how companies collect, store and share personal data

Anyone who has ever applied for an apartment or a mortgage knows that these companies tend to collect much more information than they need to...

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Sensitive data ruling by Europe’s top court could force broad privacy reboot

A ruling put out yesterday by the European Union’s top court could have major implications for online platforms that use background tracking...

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Seedtag, the ex-Googler-founded, cookie-free, AI-based adtech startup, taps $250M+ in funding

As regulation, platform dynamics and consumer choice continue to eat into the adtech stalwart known as cookies, it’s leaving a gap in the...

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Pogo lands millions to become the ‘Honey for the real world’

If Pogo had its way, you’d get paid every time you stroll down Market Street in San Francisco. Or check your e-mail. Or open its app. The only...

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Strac plugs into Slack, OneDrive and more to automatically redact sensitive info

Strac, a startup backed by Y Combinator, uses algorithms to plug into existing apps like Slack and automatically redact sensitive customer info, such...

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New documents reveal ‘huge’ scale of US government’s cell phone location data tracking

In just one three-day span, DHS obtained over 113,000 location points — a fraction of the overall data it acquired without a warrant.

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This niche cryptographic technique could transform privacy in web3

Fully homomorphic encryption can make blockchains more private and scalable, but it's still niche, Sunscreen CEO Ravital Solomon said

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Empowering a new wave of health tech startups — with data

The synthetic data company Syntegra confirmed that its target audience for this project is health tech startups and data scientists.

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Europe’s health data reuse plan needs some surgery, say privacy supervisors

The rapid adoption of the Data Governance Act suggests there's broad backing among EU lawmakers for the data reuse strategy.

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Selfie scraping Clearview AI hit with another €20M ban order in Europe

Clearview AI has been hit with another sanction for breaching European privacy rules. The Athens-based Hellenic data protection authority has fined...

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TikTok ‘pauses’ privacy policy switch in Europe after regulatory scrutiny

TikTok has agreed to pause a controversial privacy policy update in Europe, which had been due to happen tomorrow, and would have meant the platform...

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Children’s rights groups call out TikTok’s ‘design discrimination’

Research examining default settings and terms & conditions offered to minors by social media giants TikTok, WhatsApp and Instagram across 14...

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Summer decision looms for Facebook’s EU-US data transfers

The wheels of privacy enforcement are slowly turning against Facebook in Europe — where its lead data protection regulator, Ireland’s...

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UK could force E2E encrypted platforms to do CSAM-scanning

The UK government has tabled an amendment to the Online Safety Bill that could put it on a collision course with end-to-end encryption. It’s...

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Google will start erasing location data for abortion clinic visits

As concerns mount over data that tech companies acquire, Google is taking at least one step to mitigate some potential harm related to location...

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How did a rental startup I’d never heard of leak my home address?

Read your apartment's privacy policy.

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Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Consumer rights groups in Europe have filed a new series of privacy complaints against Google — accusing the advertising giant of deceptive...

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UK urgently needs new laws on use of biometrics, warns review

An independent review of UK legislation has concluded the country urgently needs new laws to govern the use of biometric technologies.

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