Privacy

7 new security features Apple quietly announced at WWDC

Apple went big on security and privacy during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote this week, showcasing features from on-device Siri audio processing to a new privacy dashboard for iOS t

Google won’t end support for tracking cookies unless UK’s competition watchdog agrees

Well this is big. The U.K.’s competition regulator looks set to get an emergency brake that will allow it to stop Google ending support for third-party cookies, a technology that’s current

InfoSum outs an identity linking tool that’s exciting marketing firms like Experian

InfoSum, a startup which takes a federated approach to third-party data enrichment, has launched a new product (called InfoSum Bridge) that it says significantly expands the customer identity linking

Voice AIs are raising competition concerns, EU finds

The European Union has been digging into the competition implications of AI-powered voice assistants and other Internet of Things (IoT) connected technologies for almost a year. Today it’s put o

ProtonMail gets a slick new look, as privacy tech eyes the mainstream

End-to-end encrypted email service ProtonMail has refreshed its design, updating with a cleaner look and a more customizable user interface — including the ability to pick from a bunch of themes

Ring refuses to say how many users had video footage obtained by police

Ring gets a lot of criticism, not just for its massive surveillance network of home video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but also for giving that doorbell footage to law

Maryland and Montana are restricting police access to DNA databases

Maryland and Montana have become the first U.S. states to pass laws that make it tougher for law enforcement to access DNA databases. The new laws, which aim to safeguard the genetic privacy of millio

Apple unveils new iOS 15 privacy features at WWDC

Apple kicked off its global annual developer conference, WWDC, with a ton of new features and technologies. TechCrunch has all the coverage here from the keynote. As with previous years, Apple has dro

Europe wants to go its own way on digital identity

In its latest ambitious digital policy announcement, the European Union has proposed creating a framework for a “trusted and secure European e-ID” (aka digital identity) — which it s

TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’

A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its u

EU’s COVID-19 ‘digital pass’ gateway system goes live

A technical system underpinning the European Union’s plan for a pan-EU “digital pass” for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status across the region has gone live today, with a

Europe’s cookie consent reckoning is coming

Cookie pop-ups getting you down? Complaints that the web is “unusable” in Europe because of frustrating and confusing “data choice” notifications that get in the way of what yo

EU to review TikTok’s ToS after child safety complaints

TikTok has a month to respond to concerns raised by European consumer protection agencies earlier this year, EU lawmakers said today. The Commission has launched what it described as “a formal d

EU bodies’ use of US cloud services from AWS, Microsoft being probed by bloc’s privacy chief

Europe’s lead data protection regulator has opened two investigations into EU institutions’ use of cloud services from U.S. cloud giants, Amazon and Microsoft, under so called Cloud II con

Peloton and Echelon profile photo metadata exposed riders’ real-world locations

Security researchers say at-home exercise giant Peloton and its closest rival Echelon were not stripping user-uploaded profile photos of their metadata, in some cases exposing users’ real-world

Mass surveillance must have meaningful safeguards, says ECHR

The highest chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has delivered a blow to anti-surveillance campaigners in Europe by failing to find that bulk interception of digital comms is inherentl

Google’s data terms are now in Germany’s competition crosshairs

Germany’s national competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, has continued its investigative charge against Big Tech — announcing¬†that it’s opened two proceedings into Google. Th

Malware caught using a macOS zero-day to secretly take screenshots

Almost exactly a month ago, researchers revealed a notorious malware family was exploiting a never-before-seen vulnerability that let it bypass macOS security defenses and run unimpeded. Now, some of

US towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses

This story was reported in partnership with video surveillance news site IPVM. At least a hundred U.S. counties, towns and cities have bought China-made surveillance systems that the U.S. government h

European Parliament amps up pressure on EU-US data flows and GDPR enforcement

European Union lawmakers are facing further pressure to step in and do something about lackadaisical enforcement of the bloc’s flagship data protection regime after the European Parliament voted
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