Privacy

Privacy in EU Lockdown

In Europe, the tech battle against coronavirus clashes with privacy culture

National governments across Europe are turning to technology to track the spread of the coronavirus and monitor people under quarantine, an approach that seeks to learn from Asia b...

Moscow Skyline

Russia to use mobile phones to track people at risk of coronavirus

Russian PM Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile ph...

Platform Industry: The Capitol Building and Senate in Washington DC

US lawmaker urges caution in using location data to track coronavirus

US Senator Ed Markey, who has long had an interest in consumer privacy, on Thursday urged caution in the government’s efforts to partner with big tech companies to track the ...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

EU privacy rules no obstacle to coronavirus fight; smartphone tracking a no-no

Europe’s privacy rule book does not create obstacles to taking action to curb the coronavirus epidemic but mass tracking of people’s movements and contacts using smartp...

Facial Recognition

Chinese facial recognition business says even mask-wearers can be identified

A company in China says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days becau...

Platform News: China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part of an ongoi...

Facebook App

Facebook, privacy activist Schrems battle nears an end

It has taken some seven years, but the battle between the Austrian privacy activist and Facebook seems to be nearing an end, when on the 17th of this month an adviser to EuropeR...

Facebook

UK election: Thousands of UK political ads missing from Facebook archive searches

Reuters – Thousands of UK political ads went missing from Facebook’s searchable advertising database on Tuesday, hampering researchers’ ability to track political...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter makes global changes to comply with privacy laws

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter Inc is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information about what data advertisers might receive and is launching a site to provide ...

Libra

Facebook warns EU regulators seeking data access about privacy, liability risks

BRUSSELS – Facebook warned European Union regulators on Monday against forcing tech giants to open their vast troves of data to rivals, saying such a move would carry privacy...

Platform News: Facebook and WhatsApp messaging service

EU countries fail to agree on privacy rules governing WhatsApp, Skype

BRUSSELS – EU efforts to create a level playing field between telecoms operators and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft unit Skype stalled on Friday after member countri...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

Facebook agrees to provide additional documents in California AG data privacy probe

WASHINGTON – Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general’s office went to court earlier this month to compel t...

MSFT

Microsoft updates terms on data privacy amid EU probe

BRUSSELS – Microsoft said on Monday it was updating the privacy provisions of its commercial cloud contracts after European regulators found its deals with European Union ins...

Big Data

Personal? Private? No such thing in data-hungry world

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Personal data reveals a slew of secrets about friends and family so regulators should stop fixating on individual privacy and safeguard ...

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