Data Protection Authority Investigates Avast for Selling Users’ Browsing History

On Tuesday, the Czech data protection authority announced an investigation into antivirus company Avast, which was harvesting the browsing history of over 100 million users and then selling products based on that data to a slew of different companies including Read More …

Police go-ahead for facial recognition cameras in London could break the law, government watchdog warns

The looming use of facial recognition cameras across London could fall foul of the law, the government’s own watchdog has warned. Professor Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, joined human rights groups and some MPs in criticising the announcement by the Metropolitan Police force. He pointed out that an Read More …

YouTube fined $170m for collecting children’s personal data

Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170m to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Google $136m and the company will pay an additional $34m to New York state to resolve similar allegations. Read More …

UK watchdog to investigate King’s Cross facial recognition tech used to spy on public

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology at King’s Cross following media reports of the covert practice. On Thursday, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the use of cameras to Read More …

US Senators fear Chinese-made metro rail cars could be used for surveillance

Four US Senators have sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro) to persuade the agency into blocking a Chinese company from bidding on a contract to provide passenger rail cars for a new metro Read More …

Forget WannaCry, staff themselves pose a risk to healthcare data

More than half of all healthcare data breaches reported during 2017 could be traced back to people on the inside of victim organisations, according to an annual study by Verizon. The company’s latest Protected Health Information Data Breach Report (PHIDBR) Read More …