Google and Facebook fined $240 million for making cookies hard to refuse

French privacy watchdog CNIL has fined Google and Facebook for making it much harder to refuse cookies than it is to accept them.

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ICO challenges adtech to step up privacy protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published an opinion asking for initiatives that address the privacy problems adtech

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Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, and the possible privacy and security concerns

We deep-dive into the possible privacy and security issues which may arise from the future launch of Facebook’s Meta project.

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Facebook bans Signal ads that reveal the depth of what it knows about you

Private messaging app Signal got itself banned from advertizing on Instagram. Why? Because its ads showed users what Facebook knows about them.

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File-sharing and cloud storage sites: How safe are they?

File-sharing and online storage are popular online services. Is it worth paying for them or can you use a free one? We look at the pitfalls and give some pointers to avoid them.

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Charities and the advertising industry: data ecosystems and privacy risks

We take a look at a study which dives into the connection between popular UK based charity organisations and tracking, Real Time Bidding, and data analysis

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How social media platforms mine personal data for profit

We explore some of the ways social media use personal data to fuel advertising and keep the profits flowing.

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Study explores clickjacking problem across top Alexa-ranked websites

We look at recent research exploring the threat of clickjacking, along with other solutions considered by site owners and analysts for protecting users against these online attacks.

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Smart cities, difficult choices: privacy and security on the grid

We take a look at Google’s Sidewalk Labs woes with a planned smart city build in Toronto, and explore some of the general concerns about making our living spaces 24/7 Internet wonderlands.

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ESTA registration websites still lurk in paid ads on Google

Google has taken action against advertisements on their network offering ESTA application services at an inflated price. We see if potentially dubious sites are still lurking, using common search terms.

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