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Don’t look now : why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions - 7 mars 2019
Machines can now allegedly identify anger, fear, disgust and sadness. ‘Emotion detection’ has grown from a research project to a $20bn industry Could a program detect potential terrorists by reading their facial expressions and behavior ? This was the hypothesis put to the test by the US Transportation Security (...)

Facebook faces backlash over users’ safety phone numbers - 5 mars 2019
Contact details supplied by users to enable two-factor authentication led to reduced privacy Facebook has been accused of abusing a security feature in order to weaken user privacy, after the social network was found using phone numbers initially handed over for account safety for other purposes. The company now (...)

Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse - 5 mars 2019
Amnesty says social media firm must do more to support users who report harassment Human rights campaigners have called for action after a survey revealed that more than half of the reports that women lodge about harassment on Facebook are met with no action from the social media company. The Survation poll, (...)

TikTok video-sharing app fined for collection of children’s data - 4 mars 2019
App to set up ‘age-appropiate’ rules for under-13s to comply with US data protection laws TikTok, the popular video-sharing app formerly known as, has agreed to a record $5.7m (£4.2m) fine with the US Federal Trade Commission after being accused of illegally collecting personal information from children (...)

Revealed : Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws - 3 mars 2019
Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf (...)

Facebook attacked over app that reveals period dates of its users - 25 février 2019
Sensitive data sent to social media giant from ‘at least 11’ platforms Facebook is battling fresh controversy on both sides of the Atlantic amid claims that it has been receiving highly personal data from third-party apps. The swirl of bad news around the company comes after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, (...)

’Outrageous abuse of privacy’ : New York orders inquiry into Facebook data use - 25 février 2019
Order follows report that Facebook may access highly personal information including weight, blood pressure and ovulation status New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from (...)

Are you ready ? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you - 25 février 2019
The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out ? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising (...)

Are you being scanned ? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop - 24 février 2019
As digital billboards record customers’ reactions to advertisements tailored to them, just who is safeguarding Australians’ privacy ? If you shop at Westfield, you’ve probably been scanned and recorded by dozens of hidden cameras built into the centres’ digital advertising billboards. The semi-camouflaged cameras (...)

A digital gangster destroying democracy : the damning verdict on Facebook - 19 février 2019
Parliament’s report into fake news raises many questions, but will the government act ? Facebook is an out-of-control train wreck that is destroying democracy and must be brought under control. The final report of parliament’s inquiry into fake news and disinformation does not use this language, precisely, but it (...)

New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators - 15 février 2019
The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction – dubbed “deepfakes for text” – have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential (...)

Amazon cancels plans for New York headquarters after fierce opposition - 15 février 2019
Tech company says it has ‘decided not to move forward’ with giant campus in Queens Amazon has cancelled its plans for a new headquarters in New York City following a torrent of local political opposition. “After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters (...)

Huawei tells New Zealand : banning us is like banning the All Blacks - 13 février 2019
Chinese tech company uses full-page ads to push for inclusion in 5G rollout despite concerns it is a security risk China’s Huawei has taken out full-page ads in major New Zealand newspapers in which they equate the idea of ban on the company to a rugby tournament without the All Blacks. The advertisement reads : (...)

Long untouchable, web giants now know what it feels like to be hunted - 12 février 2019
Governments, after years of indulgence, are rightly getting tough on social media sites The key question to ask when a shocking tragedy comes to light is this : does it signify a scandal or a crisis ? Scandals happen all the time in societies. They generate a lot of heat, outrage and public angst. But, (...)

German regulator orders Facebook to restrict data collection - 8 février 2019
User consent will be required before combining WhatsApp and Instagram account data Germany’s anti-monopoly regulator has ordered Facebook not to combine user data from its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook apps without consent, after a major three-year investigation into potentially anti-competitive actions. The (...)

Alphabet shares sink despite making $8.9bn profit in last quarter - 5 février 2019
Parent company of Google earned $39.27bn in last quarter of 2018, with revenues 22% higher compared to previous year Alphabet, the parent company of the internet search giant Google, earned $39.27bn in the last three months of 2018, but its share price sank as its costs rose. Alphabet’s revenues for the quarter (...)

Delete your account : leaving Facebook can make you happier, study finds - 2 février 2019
New study from Stanford and NYU finds logging off causes ‘small but significant improvements in wellbeing’ Despite all the scandals of the past year, here we are, still on Facebook, a couple of billion of us spending about an hour a day in its iron grip. Now a new study suggests it’s making us feel bad. That’s in (...)

Facebook paid 13-year-olds for access to all their internet data - 30 janvier 2019
Accusations that social media giant used privacy loophole could stoke conflict with Apple Facebook paid users as young as 13 to install an app that gave the company access to everything their phone sent or received over the internet. The company has been accused of exploiting a loophole in Apple’s privacy (...)

Dutch surgeon wins landmark ’right to be forgotten’ case - 23 janvier 2019
Ruling will ensure doctors no longer judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer says A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results about her case in a landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling. The doctor’s registration on the register of (...)

Facebook removes hundreds of pages ’linked to Russian site’ - 21 janvier 2019
Social network says it has taken down 289 pages connected to Kremlin-backed news website Facebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules. The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite (...)