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New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

Technology
Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted.It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience "It's Your Facebook" in New York's Bryant Park.It said several third-party apps had access to "a broader set of photos than usual" for 12 days in September.The company said it would notify affected users.It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, which has faced scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. "When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline....
'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The bid to create a "global digital museum" has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently "hidden" in museum drawers.Museums including London's Natural History Museum and the Smithsonian in Washington DC are involved. They have set out ambitious plans to digitise millions of specimens. Digitally recording the 40 million fossils at the Smithsonian will take an estimated 50 years. But five years into the project, the team says it is "bringing dark data into the light" for crucial research. The day the fossil feathers flewWhat is digitisation? Kathy Hollis from the Smithsonian Muse...
If you win the $868 million Mega Millions jackpot, here's how to maintain some privacy

If you win the $868 million Mega Millions jackpot, here's how to maintain some privacy

Finance
With the Mega Millions jackpot at a whopping $ 868 million, wannabe winners might be pondering how it would feel to come into an amount that's larger than the entire economy of some small countries. They also should consider how they'd keep their sudden windfall under wraps. While a winner's instinct might be to shout from the rooftops, experts say that one of the best ways to protect your newfound wealth is to avoid letting too many people know about it. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to do. While some states allow winners to easily remain anonymous, others do not. And in some states, as long as you plan ahead, you can ...
Millions miss out on seven-day GP access

Millions miss out on seven-day GP access

Health
More than five million people across England are unable to book an appointment with a GP outside of working hours.BBC analysis of official data shows 10% of registered patients live in areas where there is no access to GPs in evenings and at weekends.Labour has accused the government of "breaking its promises".NHS England said it was still on target to provide access to extended care for all patients by 1 October.Our analysis shows: More than 22 million people - or 40% of patients registered with GPs - now have "seven-day 8am to 8pm" access to GPs - defined as full provision by NHS England Just over half the population have access to partial provision. This is when a GP practice can offer the minimum of ninety minutes of bookable appointments once a week...
Voices of millions of UK taxpayers stored by HMRC

Voices of millions of UK taxpayers stored by HMRC

Technology
The voices of millions of taxpayers have been analysed and stored by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) without consent, privacy campaigners say.Big Brother Watch says HMRC's Voice ID system has collected 5.1 million audio signatures and accuses the department of creating "biometric ID cards by the back door".The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) says it is following up complaints about the service.HMRC says the data is held securely.It also emphasised that callers could choose not to use Voice ID.The Voice ID scheme, which was launched last year, asks callers to repeat the phrase "my voice is my password" to register.Once this task is complete, they can use the phrase to confirm their identity when managing their taxes.'Very po...