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Irish data protection watchdog defends handling of social media investigations

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has defended its stance and the pace of its investigations into breaches by social media giants. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are “becoming old news”. Ireland’s regulator of big tech companies has long faced criticism from civil liberties groups in Ireland and across Europe, accusing it of […]

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EU wants to toughen cybersecurity rules for smart devices

The European Union’s executive arm has proposed new legislation that would force manufacturers to ensure devices connected to the internet meet cybersecurity standards, making the 27-nation bloc less vulnerable to attacks. The EU said a ransomware attack takes place every 11 seconds, and the global annual cost of cybercrime is estimated at 5.5 trillion euros […]

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South Korea fines Google and Meta over privacy violations

South Korea’s privacy watchdog has fined Google and Meta a combined 100 billion won (£62.35 million) for tracking consumers’ online behaviour without their consent and using their data for targeted advertisements. South Korea’s Personal Information and Protection Commission said it fined Google 69.2 billion won (£43.3 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won (£19.05 million) after […]

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Snapchat introduces Family Centre tool to boost child safety

Snapchat is introducing a new in-app tool to enable parents to get more insights on how their teenagers use Snapchat without compromising their children’s privacy. Family Centre will show parents their children’s friend list and who is communicating with them – but it will not show the content of conversations. The opt-in tool will require […]

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Avast’s £6bn cybersecurity merger given provisional approval

The £6 billion merger between British cybersecurity company Avast and US rival NortonLifeLock has been provisionally given the green light by the UK competition watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it does not believe the tie-up raises competition concerns in the UK following an in-depth merger launched in March. The CMA said while […]

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Facebook and Instagram to reveal more on how ads target users

Facebook parent Meta has said it will start publicly providing more details about how advertisers target people with political ads just months ahead of US mid-term elections. The announcement follows years of criticism that the social media platforms withhold too much information about how campaigns, special interest groups and politicians use the platform to target […]

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Global operation takes down hackers’ leaked data market

Western authorities have dismantled an online marketplace used to buy and sell hacked and stolen personal data belonging to millions of people and have charged the platform’s founder and chief administrator, officials have announced. Law enforcement chiefs say the RaidForums website trafficked in hundreds of databases of sensitive data, including credit card and Social Security […]

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