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Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Technology
Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe.The move comes as the firm faces a series of questions from lawmakers and regulators around the world over its handling of personal data.The change revolves around which users will be regulated via its European headquarters in Ireland. Facebook said it planned clearer privacy rules worldwide.The move, reported by Reuters, will see Facebook users outside the EU governed by Facebook Inc in the US rather than Facebook Ireland.It is widely seen as a way of the social network avoiding having to apply the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to countries outside the EU.The change will affect more than 70% of its more than two billion memb...
iPhone update adds privacy 'transparency'

iPhone update adds privacy 'transparency'

Technology
Apple has updated its iOS, MacOS and tvOS operating systems to give people more information about how their personal data is collected and used.After updating, customers will see new information screens when they use Apple-made apps that collect personal data, such as App Store.The change comes ahead of new EU data protection rules, which take effect on 23 May.Apple also plans to let people download the data it has stored about them.The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) toughens the requirements on how organisations handle the public's data, and imposes harsher penalties for breaches.Apple has previously promoted its services and smartphones as being privacy-focused.The latest software update does not change how much data is collected, but new privacy information screens will ...
What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

Technology
To get an idea of the data Facebook collects about you, just ask for it. You'll get a file with every photo and comment you've posted, all the ads you've clicked on, stuff you've liked and searched for and everyone you've friended — and unfriended — over the years. This trove of data is used to decide which ads to show you. It also makes using Facebook more seamless and enjoyable — say, by determining which posts to emphasize in your feed, or reminding you of friends' birthdays. Facebook claims to protect all this information, and it lays out its terms in a privacy policy that's relatively clear and concise. But few users bother to read it. You might be surprised at what Facebook's privacy policy allows — and what's left unsaid. Facebook's privacy practices have come under fire after a Tr
Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Technology
Tech giant Alphabet is merging its Google and Nest divisions together.The firm suggests the move will aid its efforts to build hardware and software to "create a more thoughtful home".Nest had run as a standalone unit since its $ 3.2bn (£2.3bn) takeover in 2014. Its smart home products benefit from gathering data about its users.Nest previously pledged the data would be kept separate from Google's other operations. Privacy campaigners have raised concerns at the reorganisation.But Google has said it will be "transparent" about any changes that might be made.'Consumer choice'Nests's products include:internet-connected security cameras for inside and outside the homethermostats that use motion-detecting sensors to detect when the owners are abouta camera-equipped doorbella movement-detecting
UIDAI introduces new two-layer security system to improve Aadhaar privacy

UIDAI introduces new two-layer security system to improve Aadhaar privacy

Finance
To strengthen safety and security of Aadhaar holders, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today introduced new layers of security of Virtual and limited Know Your Customer (KYC) to improve privacy. According to a ET Now report, the authority has introduced virtual ID for Aadhaar holders to use instead of Aadhaar number. Virtual ID will be used to avoid any need to share Aadhaar number at the time of authentication. Virtual ID will be 16 digit randomly-generated virtual number, which will be used for authentication instead of Aadhaar number. It will not be possible to locate your Aadhaar based on your virtual id. All agencies will migrate to the new system by June 1. Besides Virtual ID, the agency has also introduced limited KYC facility. Limited KYC will provid...