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Google faces winged-monkey privacy protest

Google faces winged-monkey privacy protest

Technology
Google has angered a privacy expert by repeatedly identifying him as a "dwarf character actor" famous for playing a winged monkey in The Wizard of Oz.Pat Walshe told BBC News he had had the issue resolved twice, only to discover last week it had happened again.The issue involves his photo being run next to text from another source about a dead American who had the same name.He now aims to make an official complaint to data privacy watchdogs. Google has once again fixed the flaw.Personal contactsA day after BBC News raised the matter, Mr Walshe's photo had been removed from the "knowledge box" near the top of the Google's search results.The US company has not explained or apologised for the mistake.But a spokeswoman said she did not believe the correction ...

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

Technology
Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings. The company and other tech giants are facing increased scrutiny over the amount of data they collect from their users. Google and Facebook both debuted new privacy tools this year. Now, YouTube users will be able to set their search and viewing histories to auto-delete after a set period of time. Google Maps will have an incognito mode, which means a user's movements won't be recorded when it's turned on. It will be available on Android this month. Google did not give an exact date for iOS. Google also says people will be able to delete their voice histories from artificial intelligence system Assistant using a voice command.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Facebook Dating launches in US – will privacy concerns put users off?

Technology
Facebook is trying to play cupid as it launches its dating feature for the first time in the US.It is already available in 19 other countries including Canada and Brazil, and is coming to Europe early next year. But with the privacy issues the world's biggest social network has suffered in recent years, will people trust it when it comes to their love life - and how does the app work?Those who use Facebook Dating will have to be over 18 and will have a profile separate from their main one. Image: The app allows people to send a "like" and a corresponding message to any profile they encounter on the service The service, which is free, will suggest possible romantic partners based on their preferences, interests and Facebook activity. ...
Black Hat: GDPR privacy law exploited to reveal personal data

Black Hat: GDPR privacy law exploited to reveal personal data

Technology
About one in four companies revealed personal information to a woman's partner, who had made a bogus demand for the data by citing an EU privacy law.The security expert contacted dozens of UK and US-based firms to test how they would handle a "right of access" request made in someone else's name.In each case, he asked for all the data that they held on his fiancee.In one case, the response included the results of a criminal activity check.Other replies included credit card information, travel details, account logins and passwords, and the target's full US social security number.University of Oxford-based researcher James Pavur has presented his findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.It is the first known test of its ki...
Facebook to pay record $5bn to settle privacy concerns

Facebook to pay record $5bn to settle privacy concerns

Business
Facebook will pay a record $ 5bn fine to settle privacy concerns, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said.The social network must also establish an independent privacy committee that Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will not have control over. The FTC had been probing allegations political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.The probe then widened to include other issues such as facial recognition.The $ 5bn fine is believed to be the biggest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers' privacy. "Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers' choices," said FTC ch...