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UK signs ‘historic’ data sharing agreement with US

A “historic” agreement on sharing data will “dramatically speed up” investigations into criminals’ online activity, the Home Secretary has said.

Priti Patel and US attorney general William Barr signed the arrangement – the first of its kind – on Thursday evening when she visited Washington DC, the Home Office said.

Ms Patel said: “Terrorists and paedophiles continue to exploit the internet to spread their messages of hate, plan attacks on our citizens and target the most vulnerable.


More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

Despite it being over a year since GDPR was introduced, more than half of UK businesses are failing to comply with the legislation, a new report suggests.

The survey of 250 UK GDPR decision makers, conducted on behalf of data security firm Egress, found that 52 percent of businesses are not fully compliant with the regulation, which came into force in May 2018.


King’s Cross estate management says facial recognition technology ‘not used since March 2018’

Facial recognition has not been in use around the King’s Cross area of London since March 2018, the site’s developers have claimed.

Usage of the controversial technology has been under the spotlight after UK data and privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it had launched an investigation last month.


Privacy concerns after ZAO face-swap app goes viral in China

China is reckoning with its own consumer privacy scandal after a Deepfake-style app that lets users swap faces with celebrities and sports stars went viral over the weekend. 

After ZAO was released on the Chinese iOS app store on Friday it quickly went viral, clocking up millions of downloads and immediately drawing backlash over data privacy concerns, much like FaceApp, a similar app that went viral in July.


Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Instagram users can now report app developers they believe are misusing their data as part of an expansion to the social network’s security tools.

The data abuse bounty programme is used to identify violations of policy around data use and rewards those who find and report abuses, the firm said.



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