EU Lawmakers to Call Facebook Whistleblower to Testify Before Parliament

The European Union may invite a whistleblower who recently revealed Facebook’s unethical practices to testify before the bloc’s parliament. Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, testified against the social media giant before the U.S. Senate on Oct. 5 and is …

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TikTok Faces Two Data Privacy Probes from EU Regulator

The European Union’s data privacy regulator has opened two probes into Chinese-owned video app TikTok regarding the processing of children’s personal data and alleged transfers of user information to China. Ireland’s Data Privacy Commission (DPC), TikTok’s main EU regulator, launched …

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Italy’s Questions Facebook over Privacy Compliance of New Smart Glasses

Italy’s data protection authority, Garante, asked social media giant Facebook to give clarity to the privacy guidelines of its newly launched smart glasses. The Facebook smart glasses, in collaboration with Ray-Ban’s EssilorLuxottica, was produced to allow wearers to take calls, …

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Apple Issues Emergency Security Patch to Close a Spyware Flaw

Apple Inc. has issued an emergency security patch to block spyware used by Israel-based NSO Group that could infect iOS devices. Apple rushed the release of iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 after being made aware that some security issues “may …

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UK Foreign Office Defends Embassy Staff After Papers Identifying Afghan Workers Left in Kabul

The Foreign Office defended its Kabul embassy staff after documents identifying Afghan workers and job applicants were left behind. On Tuesday, a Times journalist discovered papers with the contact information of seven Afghans, prompting the Foreign Affairs Select Committee to …

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Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp for Breaking Data Storage Law

Russia’s Tagansky District Magistrates’ Court fined Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp on Thursday for refusing to process users’ private data exclusively within the country. In a statement released by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications Roskomnadzor, the court ordered Facebook, …

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Apple Asked to Stop Plans to Read Messages and Inspect Images on Devices

More than 90 policy and rights groups around the world have published an open letter on Thursday urging Apple to drop plans to read messages and scan images on devices. “While these capabilities are intended to protect children and reduce …

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T-Mobile Breach Affects 50m People

T-Mobile has confirmed on Wednesday that over 40 million current, former, or prospective customers’ personal data were compromised in a recent cyberattack. “Our preliminary analysis is that approximately 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customer accounts’ information appears to be contained …

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Iranian Parliament Postpones Internet Restriction Bill

Iran’s parliament has decided to postpone its review of the controversial internet bill, which opponents say will lead to more stringent internet restrictions, on Monday.  The bill titled “Protecting Users in Cyberspace and Organizing Social Media” has gained criticism over …

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