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Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US

Messaging app Wire confirms .2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US Big changes are afoot for Wire, an enterprise-focused end-to-end encrypted messaging app and service that advertises itself as “the most secure collaboration platform”. In February, Wire quietly raised $8.2 million from Morpheus Ventures and others, […]

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Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit

Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit A Dutch court has ruled that Facebook can be required to use filter technologies to identify and pre-emptively take down fake ads linked to crypto currency scams that carry the image of a media personality, John de Mol, and […]

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Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability Facebook has reached a settlement with the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, agreeing to pay in full a £500,000 (~$643k) fine following the latter’s investigating into the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. As part of the […]

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US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo

US search market needs a ‘choice screen’ remedy now, says DuckDuckGo US regulators shouldn’t be sitting on their hands while the 50+ state, federal and congressional antitrust investigations of Google to grind along, search rival DuckDuckGo argues. It’s put out a piece of research today that suggests choice screens which let smartphone […]

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Github removes Tsunami Democràtic’s APK after a takedown order from Spain

Github removes Tsunami Democràtic’s APK after a takedown order from Spain Microsoft-owned Github has removed the APK of an app for organizing political protests in the autonomous community of Catalonia — acting on a takedown request from Spain’s military police (aka the Guardia Civil). As we reported earlier this month supporters of […]

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Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission

Tech giants still not doing enough to fight fakes, says European Commission It’s a year since the European Commission got a bunch of adtech giants together to spill ink on a voluntary Code of Practice to do something — albeit, nothing very quantifiable — as a first step to stop the spread […]

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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms The third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism has once again been nodded through by Europe’s executive. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended. The European Commission also issued […]

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Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕

Google’s Play Store is giving an age-rating finger to Fleksy, a Gboard rival 🖕 Platform power is a helluva a drug. Do a search on Google’s Play store in Europe and you’ll find the company’s own Gboard app has an age rating of PEGI 3 — aka the pan-European game information labelling […]

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EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog

EU contracts with Microsoft raising “serious” data concerns, says watchdog Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between […]

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