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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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Google security team reveals years-long spyware attack on iPhone users

Security researchers at Google have discovered a hacking operation which installed malware on the iPhones of “thousands of users a week,” over two and a half years, according to BBC News. Cybersecurity experts are calling it the worst general security failure yet found on Apple devices, and some researchers have suggested it showed signs of a hacking […]

Facebook has won an appeal against a German agency’s restrictions on data collection

A regional court in Germany has ruled in favor of Facebook’s appeal against a February order by the nation’s antitrust watchdog, preventing the social media giant from combining user data collected from its various platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.  An order from the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) in February had accused Facebook of abusing […]

Facebook unveils ‘Clear History’ feature, giving users more control over data

Facebook is rolling out a “Clear History” feature that will allow users to disconnect their accounts from data collected from third-party websites and apps, according to The Verge. The move comes following several delays, more than a year after CEO Mark Zuckerberg first announced plans for the feature at Facebook’s 2018 developer conference, in the wake […]

Facebook workers are transcribing private user conversations on Messenger

Facebook has admitted to revealing audio recordings of private user conversations to hundreds of outside contractors, hired to improve the accuracy of its artificial intelligence, according to revelations first disclosed in a Tuesday report from Bloomberg.  On Wednesday, the Irish Data Protection Commission, in charge of supervision of Facebook in the EU, said it was evaluating whether […]

Equifax to pay $700m to US regulators, over a data breach that affected 150m people

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million in a settlement over a 2017 data breach that exposed the records and social security numbers of at least 147 million people, according to The Guardian. The incident was among the largest ever breaches of private data, and the settlement will be the largest of its kind ever […]

US fines Facebook $5bn over Cambridge Analytica, as Europe steps up data enforcement

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted last week to issue a $5 billion (€4.46 billion) fine against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which they claim that Facebook violated a prior agreement to not misuse consumer data. The move comes as European authorities levy increasingly large fines against companies over their handling of […]

UK authorities fine Marriott £99 million over data breach

The UK’s data protection authority is issuing a £99 million fine against US hotel company Marriott, over a data breach that exposed personal information from over 330 million guests, according to BBC News.  Marriott reported the incident last year, although it dates back to 2014. Hackers breached the central reservation database of Starwood, a rival hotel group […]