Researchers spied on users of Amazon and Google’s smart speakers, exposing privacy risks

Security researchers designed apps to spy on users of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, uncovering vulnerabilities that they say could be exploited by other app developers, according to BBC News. Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRL) designed eight apps, billed as offering horoscopes and random number generators. Once those apps were approved by Amazon and […]

Germany won’t exclude Huawei from its 5G networks, rejecting calls from US

Germany won’t exclude Huawei from its 5G networks, rejecting calls from US

Germany is set to publish new 5G security guidelines that would not exclude Huawei from providing equipment for networks, rejecting calls by US officials to shut out the Chinese tech firm, according to Reuters. Huawei is the world’s leading vendor for telecoms equipment, with 28 percent of global market share, supplying all German operators. They’ve warned […]

EU report outlines new cybersecurity risks with 5G

EU report outlines new cybersecurity risks with 5G

5G mobile networks could bring new cybersecurity vulnerabilities to European infrastructure, according to a joint risk assessment report published by EU member states.  The European Commission and Finland, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, warned in a joint statement: “In this context of increased exposure to attacks facilitated by suppliers, the risk profile of […]

Europe’s highest court rules that websites need active consent to install tracking cookies

The European Court of Justice has ruled that companies must acquire active and explicit consent in order to install cookies and track users for advertising, according to Bloomberg.  The ruling states that the pre-checked boxes offered by many websites do not qualify as the active consent required by European law. Under the General Data Protection Regulation […]

EU high court rules that its ‘right to be forgotten’ law applies only to European search results

The European Union’s Court of Justice has ruled against French data authorities in their effort to apply EU privacy standards to search engines in other parts of the world, according to Politico. The EU’s 2014 “right to be forgotten” rule allows Europe’s residents to demand that certain links associated with their name are removed from search engines […]

Google says it will seek explicit permission to store and review voice recordings

Google has said it will ask for clear permission to allow staff to hear audio recordings from users, according to BBC News, after it and other tech giants came under fire for the practice following revelations earlier this year. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have all used human reviewers to help identify words and phrases and […]

US lawmakers step up antitrust inquiry, demanding documents from tech giants

The House Judiciary Committee of the US Congress has called on tech companies to release a wide array of documents and emails relating to possible anticompetitive practices, escalating the federal government’s ongoing antitrust investigation into companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.  The requests were sent directly to executives like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, […]

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager will serve another term, with expanded powers to regulate tech companies

European competition chief Margrethe Vestager, who had been facing the end of her term, will instead return for a another five years, with an expanded role on the new team of commissioners, according to Reuters.  Vestager has been behind much of the European Commission’s scrutiny of tech giants, and will now serve as an Executive Vice […]

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users have had their phone numbers leaked

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers from Facebook users have been discovered in an unsecured database online, in the latest privacy lapse linked to the social media company, according to Gizmodo.  With a total of more than 400 million records, the database includes 18 million users from the UK, as well as 122 million from the […]

Europe’s mental health websites are selling sensitive​ user data to advertisers

A new study has revealed that mental health websites in Europe are selling information collected from users, including psychological health data such as answers from quizzes, according to BBC News.  The study, by Privacy International (PI), found that the way this information was collected is “neither transparent nor fair” and that many websites are “failing to meet […]