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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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Apple ‘deeply concerned’ about laws undermining user privacy, Tim Cook says

Apple boss Tim Cook has said the company is “deeply concerned” by proposed laws it says could weaken user privacy and put people’s data at risk. Speaking at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Privacy Summit in Washington DC, Mr Cook said Apple supported privacy regulation but was concerned about laws that would […]

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UK and EU watchdogs launch competition probes into Google and Meta over ads

UK and EU regulators have opened investigations into tech giants Google and Meta over concerns the firms broke competition rules for online display advertising services. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and European Commission announced parallel probes into the “Jedi Blue” agreement between the firms, amid worries this impacted competition. The CMA said it is […]

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Ireland faces increased cyber attack threat – foreign affairs minister

Ireland is facing an increased threat from cyber attacks since the invasion of Ukraine, the Foreign Affairs Minister has warned. The Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee heard from Simon Coveney on Thursday, who said the Irish Government was taking precautions against potential cyber attacks. His appearance comes amid the backdrop of the war in […]

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Tech firms ‘need moral compass’ over metaverse child safety, UK Children’s commissioner warns

Tech companies need to “get a moral compass” and do more to protect children in the virtual worlds of the metaverse, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said. Dame Rachel de Souza said she was “really horrified” after a BBC report found a metaverse app that allowed children as young as 13 into virtual strip […]

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Undated handout photo issued by Apple of their new AirTag tracking tags. Issue date: Tuesday April 20, 2021.

Apple commits to AirTag updates amid concerns over ‘unwanted tracking’

Apple has announced plans to update its AirTag tracking devices and the Find My network linked to it following concerns over the button-sized devices being used for unwanted tracking. A number of reports in the US have previously claimed people have reported being tracked using AirTags without their consent, raising privacy concerns. Apple said that, […]

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